Information and Exam results

Frequently asked questions

In the following points, you will find important information about the Goethe certificates, in particular specific information regarding Hungary.


Recognition at home and abroad: nationally recognized and international certificate
The Goethe-Institut language exams are recognised worldwide and provide a certificate that is a credible proof of language competence and is therefore highly regarded. The Goethe-Institut offers language examinations at all six levels of the CEFR*, of which B1, B2 and C1 as well as B1 and B2 Youth (basic, intermediate and advanced) are equivalent to accredited language examinations in Hungary. This means that candidates can use the international certificate to gain extra points in the admission procedure. 
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Everyday useful tasks 
The Goethe-Institut examinations are competence-oriented, which means that the tasks are reality-based and the knowledge tested can be applied in everyday life, study or work.

A Goethe certificate: advantage for studies and career
Goethe certificates are advantageous in all areas of life due to their competence orientation as well as their international recognition and recognition by institutions and employers.

Sie finden auf der Internetseite des Goethe-Instituts zu jeder Goethe-Prüfung Übungssätze, die für alle Interessenten und Interessentinnen zugänglich sind. Zur Prüfungsvorbereitung wird eine Reihe von Lehrwerken im Handel angeboten. Die Bibliothek des Goethe-Instituts hat zu jeder Stufe Prüfungsvorbereitungsmaterialien zur Auswahl.

Exams for adults (16 years and over):
▪ Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1
▪ Goethe-Zertifikat A2
▪ Goethe-Zetifikat B1
▪ Goethe-Zertifikat B2
▪ Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Exams for young people (from 15 years)
▪ Goethe-Zertifikat B2 Jugendliche

Exams for young people (from 12 years)
▪ Goethe-Zertifikat A2 Fit in Deutsch
▪ Goethe-Zertifikat B1 Jugendliche

Exams for young people (from 10 years)
▪ Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1
(The application is based on the calendar year of birth and not on the calendar day of birth.)

Application deadlines are listed on our website.exam registration
You must apply online for our exams by clicking on the letter of the exam you have chosen.
If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Results are posted on our website no later than three weeks after the written exam.
Fast-track fees:
24-hour correction: 20.000 HUF
72 hour correction: 10.000 Ft
Please send your request at the same time as your application to pruefungen-budapest@goethe.de.

1. An appeal against the result of the examination must be submitted in writing to the Goethe-Institut Budapest within two weeks of the announcement of the result. Unsubstantiated or insufficiently justified applications may be rejected by the Goethe-Institut. Mere reference to a failing score is not sufficient justification. 

2. In case of doubt, the appeal will be referred to the Goethe-Institut headquarters, which will decide. This decision is final and cannot be appealed. The matter cannot be referred to the courts. 

3. The specialist officer will obtain the views of all parties concerned, decide on the appeal and prepare a decision on the case. In case of doubt, the Goethe-Institut headquarters will decide. 

1. An objection to the conduct of the examination must be lodged immediately after the examination with the Goethe Institute Budapest. reka.bartfay@goethe.de

You will have two weeks from the date of the announcement of the results to consult the examination papers. To do so, you must send a request to reka.bartfay@goethe.de. Access is only possible for the candidate (in the case of minors, the legal guardian may be present).

The exams can be repeated at any time.
The Goethe-Zertifikat A1, A2 and C1 exams are not modular, so they can only be repeated in their entirety.

The B1, B2 and B1 Jugendliche, B2 Jugendliche and C2 exams are modular, which means that in case of failure, each module can be repeated separately.
If the 4 modules are successfully completed within one year (365 calendar days), the candidate will receive a consolidated certificate.
The certificate for the 4 separate modules is equivalent to the consolidated certificate. 
Please be particularly careful when filling in your details online as this will be the basis for the certificate. Once the certificate has been issued, the data cannot be changed afterwards.
If you download the modules separately, please do not register again but use your existing login account (are you already a client?).
Exam results after registration in two separate accounts cannot be combined on one certificate form. 
 

In the case of a lost language certificate, the examination centre will issue a certificate within 10 years of the loss of the certificate, which is subject to a fee.
Für das ungarische Zeugnis kann bei OH-NYAK eine Ersatzbescheinigung beantragt werden. 
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You can get your completed certificates in person, by proxy or by post!
 
In person
At the reception of the Goethe-Institut during opening hours:
Opening hours
If you have taken the exam at one of our examination centres, the examination centre will inform you about the possibilities of getting your certificate.
 
By proxy
You can authorize someone to collect your certificate on your behalf. To do this, you are supposed to fill in a duly signed power of attorney in writing, certified by two witnesses. You can download the form for the power of attorney from this link. In possession of this form, the authorised person can act on your behalf by handing in the power of attorney and showing his/her identity card in the event of a personal acceptance. The proxy must include the details of the proxy and the authorised representative (date of birth and ID card number), details of the exam (type, level, date) and the signatures of two witnesses.

By post
You can ask for your certificate to be sent by post. You must request this in writing to the examination centre that organised the language exam. The certificate will be posted by the examination centre on receipt of your request. We cannot be held responsible for certificates damaged or lost in the post!

Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom, Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP), Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS) and Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) are recognized for study at a college/university in Germany, and exempt one from taking the TestDaF exam or any similar exam.

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.

The testing locations make every effort to accommodate participants with special needs (such as chronic illnesses, visual or hearing impairment). The level and type of chronic illness/disability must be disclosed upon registering for the exam and be confirmed by a doctor’s attestation. The testing location is obligated to maintain strict confidentiality.

More detailed information can be obtained directly at the testing location at which you wish to take the exam.

Binding for the scoring of the written part of all Goethe exams is the orthography introduced in August 2006. The basics are „DUDEN. Die deutsche Rechtschreibung“ (as of the 24th edition, 2006) and „WAHRIG. Die deutsche Rechtschreibung“ ( editions as of 2006).

The currently effective rules can be found at:
Duden. Die deutsche Rechtschreibung
Der Duden Produktkatalog
Bertelsmann WAHRIG. Verlagsprogramm
Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
DUDEN. Sprachberatung

No. You are not allowed to use any aids (dictionary, smart watch, etc.) during the exam.

Goethe-Zertifikats A1 through C2 do not expire.

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.

Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1
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
Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch
Goethe-Zertifikat B2
Goethe-Zertifikat C1
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 completed. 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 B1
Goethe-Zertifikat B2 (modular)
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.

In the case of a name change (for example due to marriage, adoption, divorce, etc.), neither a new certificate nor a substitute document will be issued.

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.


Goethe-Zertifikat B1, B2, C2 
The following rules apply to the internationally recognised, modular Goethe-Zertifikat B1, Goethe-Zertifikat B2 and Goethe-Zertifikat C2: a module is deemed to have been passed when at least 60 points or 60% have been earned.

Goethe-Zertifikat A2,C1
The following rules apply to the internationally recognised, complex Goethe-Zertifikat A2 and Goethe-Zertifikat C1:
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 completed. 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.

Exam results in 2022 May

In the tables below, the information in the Sections or Grade column is explained as follows:
  • In case of the modular exams (Goethe-Zertfikat B1 and B2), the modules passed (60% earned) are listed.
  • In case of the internationally recognised, complex Goethe-Zertfikat C1, the exam results are given in the form of grades.   
 
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MEANING OF THE ABBREVIATIONS

  English
PTN-Nr Customer code
LV Reading comprehension
HV Listening comprehension
SA Writing
MA Speaking


 
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