Goethe-Zertifikat B2

Goethe-Zertifikat B2 © Getty Images

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).

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.


Until August 2019, those who have taken the B2 exam have the option of repeating the section that they did not pass. This means that if you did not pass the written section (Reading, Listening, and Writing) or the oral section, you have a one-time option to repeat the section that you did not pass at the same exam site within one year.
The fee for repeating the section that you did not pass: 130,000 KRW

Supplemental exam guidelines (PDF, 145 KB)

Infomation event

To address potential questions, we offer an information event about the new Goethe-Zertifikat B2. Please register for this information event via e-mail at least five (5) days before the event.

Location Date TIME
Seoul 21.06.2019 17:00 - 18:30
Seoul 12.07.2019 17:00 - 18:30
02.08.2019 17:00 - 18:30

*Orientation dates will be subject to availability.


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: