Goethe-Zertifikat B2

Goethe language learning, Berlin Photo: Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias

Ideal if you'd like to ...

  • attend a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) to qualify for admission to university in Germany,
  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of German for employment purposes,
  • prepare to work in the medical sector,
  • prove that you have successfully reached level B2,
  • be issued an official and internationally recognized certificate.

New for 2019

The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 was revised. You can be examined in the new modular Goethe-Zertifikat B2 from 2019. Selected examination centres are offering the exam from 01.01.2019, all remaining centres worldwide from 01.08.2019. Please contact your local exam centre for more detailed information.

You will find resources and information relating to the exam under “Practice materials” and “Further information”.

The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 is a German exam for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired advanced language skills and corresponds to the fourth level (B2) of the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Passing the exam demonstrates that you can ...

  • understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics, as well as technical discussions in your own area of specialization,
  • communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is readily possible without a great deal of effort on either side,
  • express your opinion on current issues in a clear and detailed manner, explain your position on a current issue and state the benefits and drawbacks of various options.


  • A minimum age of 16 years is recommended to take the Goethe-Zertifikat B2 exam.
  • To sit the Goethe-Zertifikat B2 exam, candidates must have German language skills corresponding to the fourth level of competence (B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • To reach this level, candidates need to have completed between 600 and 800 45-minute units of teaching, depending on their previous knowledge and learning requirements.