Goethe-Zertifikat B2

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Ideal if you’d like to ...

  • study at a university in a German-speaking country
  • provide evidence of your advanced German skills for a job application
  • prepare to work in the medical field in Germany
  • provide evidence that you have successfully passed Level B2
  • hold an official, internationally recognised certificate

The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 is a German exam for adults and it will be available to young people as well from 2019. 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).

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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.

Note for exam candidates

Available spaces for external candidates may be booked out several weeks before the registration deadline. External candidates should therefore register early. If an exam date if full, candidates are welcome to add their names to the waiting list. Simply send an e-mail to pruefungen-mannheim@goethe.de

Course participants are defined as

  • Persons currently taking part in courses at a Goethe-Institut in Germany.
  • Former course participants of the Goethe-Instituts in Germany or worldwide who attended a course within the past six months (based on the examination date).

New for 2019

The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 was revised. You can be examined in the new modular Goethe-Zertifikat B2 from 2019. All Goethe-Institutes in Germany are offering the exam from 01.01.2019. 

Preparation

Practice materials

Accessible and interactive sample papers and practice exercises to help you prepare online are available here.

Further information

The requirements, contents of the exam and further information on the Goethe-Zertifikat B2 exam are available here: