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Goethe-Test PRO Pflege: German for Nursing Care

Die Deutschprüfung für Pflegepersonal

International nursing staff must demonstrate language skills at the advanced B2 level in order to work in Germany. The Goethe-Test PRO Pfege tests not only general language use, but also professional language.
This means that you, as a clinic, hospital, care facility or recruitment agency, can release your staff into their daily work well equipped. The Goethe-Test PRO Pflege is recognised by the German Foreign Office as a B2 language certificate.

  • Professional language exam
  • Part-digitally conducted
  • Recognised by the BAMF
  • Recognised by the German Foreign Office

Our examination at a glance

  • Four examination sections (listening, reading, writing, speaking)
  • Professional language orientation
  • Conducting the reading and writing parts digitally
  • Procedure: Booking of the exam only possible for groups, date and time by arrangement.


Innovative and partial digital

In the digital examination section, the Goethe-Test PRO Pflege determines the individual language level in the skills reading and listening in 60 to 90 minutes. The productive parts test writing and speaking at B2 level. Typical professional situations of nursing and geriatric care are dealt with.

The digital part of the exam ...

  • tests general and professional German language skills.
  • determines the individual language level in the skills reading and listening.
  • etermines the language level of the participants with the help of an adaptive test.
➜ In this part, a language level from A1 to C2 can be achieved. However, level B2 is required to pass the exam.

The on-site part of the exam ...

  • tests the skill of writing using reports and messages in a nursing context (75 min). 
  • tests speaking skills using simulated conversations between nurse and patient and a simulated patient handover (15 min + preparation time).
➜ Here the level B2 is assessed.


The examination demonstrates the following skills:

Gespräche führen

Conduct conversations

Conducting patient interviews, presenting case reports and answering related questions.


Comprehending contents

Comprehending relevant types of texts with professional language and subject-specific content.

Texte schreiben

Writing texts

Writing reports and messages appropriate to the nursing context.

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Practice materials

You can find practice materials for the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections here to help you prepare for the Goethe-Test PRO Pflege.

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Further information

Further information on the Goethe-Test PRO Pflege are available here:

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