Goethe-Zertifikat B1

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Ideal if you'd like to ...

  • attend a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) to qualify for admission to university in Germany
  • live and work in Germany
  • prove that you have successfully reached level B1
  • be issued with an official and internationally recognized certificate

The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German exam for young people and adults. It certifies that candidates are independent users of the German language and corresponds to the third level (B1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Requirements

  • A minimum age of 12 years is recommended to take the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 exam for young people.
  • A minimum age of 16 years is recommended to take the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 exam for adults.
  • To sit the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 exam, candidates must have German language skills corresponding to the third level of competence (B1) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • To reach this level, candidates need to have completed between 350 and 650 45-minute units of teaching, depending on their previous knowledge and learning requirements.