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German Language Exams in Osaka

Do you need a certificate for work, study or visa? Would you like to know how good your knowledge of German is? You can take a number of internationally recognised examinations at our Institut.

Safety Measures Covid-19 (as at May 22, 2020)

The Goethe-Institut Osaka Kyoto continues to monitor the development of COVID-19 in Japan and follow the recommendations of the authorities. At present, we assume that the exams can be carried out from July onwards with limited capacity. Distance rules and hygiene measures must still be observed and implemented. The safety of our customers and employees is always our highest priority. Furthermore, we ask you to wear a mask in the exam room. For the identity check as well as in case of a request by the supervisor, we ask you to remove your mask briefly. If you feel unwell, have a fever of over 37 degrees Celsius or severe symptoms such as coughing or sneezing, you are not allowed to enter the exam room. Absences due to illness are regulated in accordance with exam guidelines § 6.2 and § 12.
The current status of our exam operations can be found here on this website. (Status 22.05.2020)

Our Exam Dates

In Osaka exams are held twice a year.
The next Goethe-Zertifikat exams will take place in July, August and September 2020.

Goethe-Zertifikat A1/
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Date / Venue Regisration Period Capacity
Sat., Aug. 1, 2020
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Mon., Jun. 1, 2020 - 
Tue., Jun. 30, 2020
External price: 12,000 Yen
Price for course participants: 9,000 Yen

Goethe-Zertifikat A2

Date / Venue Regisration Period Capacity
Sun., Aug. 2, 2020
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon., Jun. 1, 2020 - 
Tue., Jun. 30, 2020
External price: 13,000 Yen / partial repetition 9,000 Yen
Price for course participants: 10,000 Yen / partial repetition 7,000 Yen

Goethe-Zertifikat B1

Date / Venue Regisration Period Capacity
Mon, Sep. 21, 2020
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed., Jul. 1, 2020 - 
Fri., Jul. 31, 2020
External price: 18,000 Yen / module 9,000 Yen
Price for course participants: 14,000 Yen / module 5,000 Yen

Goethe-Zertifikat B2

Date / Venue Regisration Period Capacity
Tue, Sep. 22, 2020
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed., Jul. 1, 2020 - 
Fri., Jul. 31, 2020
External price: 22,000 Yen / module 8,000 Yen
Price for course participants: 17,000 Yen / module 6,000 Yen

Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Date / Venue Regisration Period Capacity
Thu, Jul. 23, 2020
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Villa Kamogawa, Kyoto
Mon., Jun. 1, 2020 - 
Tue, Jun. 30, 2020
External price: 28,000 Yen / partial repetition 19,000 Yen
Price for course participants: 21,000 Yen / partial repetition 15,000 Yen

Information on the SD1 A2 B1 and B2 Certificates and preparatory courses

Preparatory courses for levels A1, A2, B1 and B2 will be offered shortly before the language exams in July or August - September 2020. It is possible to register for both the language exam and the preparatory course.

If you register and pay for the preparatory course and the language test at the same time, the registration fees for our students apply.
Exam Preparation Courses

Registration / Additional Information

Online registration
Find the registration periods in the table above.
  • After submitting the online registration form, you will receive a registration confirmation and the invoice immediately.
  • Please transfer the examination fee within the payment period.
  • If the payment is not made on time, your registration will be canceled.
If you have not received an invoice three days after registration, please contact us.
  • Please note that the exam fees are non-refundable in case of cancellation.
  • It is also not possible to change the exam modalities (exam levels, complete exams, modular exams) after payment.
  • If the scheduled exams must be cancelled due to force majeure or the development of the Coronavirus crisis, they can be rescheduled to a later date in Osaka/Kyoto for free of charge.
  • If the exam can take place as planned, but you wish to change your exam date for personal reasons, neither rebooking nor refund of fees is possible.

*Course participants:
Those who have attended a course at a Goethe-Institut (worldwide/Japan) within the last six months (counted back from the examination day) pay the price for course participants.

While your exam is in progress, the usage of mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, wearable devices such as the Apple Watch, (electronic) dictionaries, IC recorders et al is strictly prohibited.
Any such electronic devices must be switched off before the start of the exam and handed over to the test supervisor. Upon request, electronic devices can be returned for the duration of the lunch break.
However, they must be handed in again, when the examination continues after the break.
The Goethe-Institut is not liable for any damages to the devices or any data loss occurring on the examination day.

*Option for partial repetition of A2 and C1 exams:
In addition to the option of repeating the examination as a whole, a one-off partial repetition is possible as of 2017 if only one part was passed in the last examination. This means that only the failed part - either the oral examination or the entire written examination - is repeated. The partial repetition is only possible at the same examination location.

Partial repetitions are possible within one year of taking the entire examination.

Passing grade of the two sections:
Of the maximum 75 points attainable in the written examination, at least 60% (= 45 points) must be achieved.
Of the maximum 25 points attainable in the oral examination, at least 60% (= 15 points) must be achieved.
Otherwise, the entire examination will be considered "failed".

Please note that the exam fee cannot be refunded in the event of cancellation.