Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
On this page, we will inform you about frequently asked questions on the examinations of the Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
If you have additional questions concerning the Goethe certificates A1 through C2, please arrange an informational, free-of-charge personal consultation at Goethe-Institut Hongkong or send us an email at email@example.com.
We do recommend a minimum age for taking the exams:
- GOETHE-ZERTIFIKAT A1: FIT IN DEUTSCH 1: 10 years of age and older
- GOETHE-ZERTIFIKAT A2: FIT IN DEUTSCH, GOETHE-ZERTIFIKAT B1 for teenagers and GOETHE-ZERTIFIKAT B2 for teenagers (from 1st Aug. 2019): 12 years of age and older
- GOETHE-ZERTIFIKAT A1-C2: 16 years of age and older
More detailed information can be obtained directly during the opening hours of our language office (Mon-Fri 10:00 AM-7:00 PM, Sat 1:00 PM-6:00 PM). Alternatively, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the language requirement of a specific university and/or a course or field of study in Germany, request information directly from the university, or visit www.sprachnachweis.de.
Level classification of the Goethe-Institut exams and language courses
To find out your current language proficiency in German, please take one of our placement tests:
- Placement test online
- Placement test at Goethe-Institut Hongkong
Should you already have studied one or more languages, you may learn German faster. It makes a big difference if you participate in a language course in your home country or in Germany, where you will be exposed to the German language outside the classroom.
Also of relevance is the intensity of the instruction (intensive vs. standard courses, for example). Please write to us at email@example.com and request a personal consultation.
|Goethe-Zertifikat exams||Minimum amounr of attended 45-minute units of teaching (depending on previous knowledge and learning conditions)|
Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1
|80-200 teaching units|
Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch
|200-350 teaching units|
|Goethe-Zertifikat B1||350-650 teaching units|
|Goethe-Zertifikat B2||600-800 teaching units|
|Goethe-Zertifikat C1||800-1000 teaching units|
|Goethe-Zertifikat C2||at least 1000 teaching units|
Learning German by correspondence course
However, we recommend attending one of our test preparation courses or booking individual lessons with a teacher. There you will learn the necessary linguistic and exam-specific skills that will help you succeed on the exam.
For current courses that we have on offer, please check our language courses.
We issue the exam certificates 2 working days after the release of the exam results.
If you would like another person to pick up your exam certificate, this person should provide the following documents at our reception:
a) a copy of your (Hong Kong) ID card or your passport
b) a written statement signed by you giving permission to this person that they may pick up the exam certificate on your behalf
Please understand that we cannot issue and/or send copies, scans or digital versions in any form of your official exam certificate.
The exam is deemed to have been passed if at least 30 points (50% of the maximum point score) have been earned and if all sections of the exam have been completed.
Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1
The exam is deemed to have been passed if at least 60 points (60 % of the maximum point score) have been earned and if all sections of the exam have been completed.
Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch
The exam is deemed to have been passed when at least 60 points (60 % of the maximum point score) have been earned and if all sections of the exam have been complet-ed. Of these points, at least 45 points must have been earned in the written exam and at least 15 points in the oral exam. Otherwise, the entire exam will be deemed to have been failed.
Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom
A module is deemed to have been passed if at least 60 points or 60% are attained.
You can know more about the Goethe certificates by clicking on the examination title.
The exam as a whole can be re-taken as often as needed. Details on re-taking the exam or part of the exam can be found under Terms and conditions for exam administration.
Many institutions and employers, however, expect the certificate to be dated not more than two years ago.
The certificates of the Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP), das Kleine Deutsche Sprachdiplom (KDS) und das Große Deutsche Sprachdiplom (GDS) will be valid after the introduction of the new Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom and with the change of the the exam offers on the level C2 beginning 01.01.2012.
If the exam was taken within the last ten years, the testing location where you took the exam will issue a substitute document for a fee. At Goethe-Institut Hongkong, we incur a fee in the amount of HKD 100.
A change of name can be verified either with an official document from the relevant authority (birth certificate, marriage license, etc.) or a notarized copy of the above.
Name/ spelling of name must be documented via photo ID during registration at the testing location. The certificate for the exam will be issued based on this previously recorded personal information.
All appeals are to be submitted in writing to the management of the exam center where the exam was taken.
The person in charge of the exam may reject appeals that are unfounded or are based on unsatisfactory reasons. Merely pointing out that a certain number of points was not achieved does not qualify as a sufficient reason for an appeal.
The person in charge of the exam at the exam center shall decide whether the appeal is accepted. In case of doubt he/she shall consult the Goethe-Institut head office, which shall decide the matter. The decision on the appeal is final.