Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Goethe language learning, Berlin Photo: Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias

Ideal if you'd like to ...

  • prepare to study at a university or institution of higher education in Germany
  • demonstrate a very advanced knowledge of German for employment purposes
  • prepare to work in the medical sector
  • prove that you have successfully reached level C1
  • be issued with an official and internationally recognized certificate

Goethe-Zertifikat C1 is an examination for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired advanced language skills and corresponds to the fifth level (C1) on 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 a wide range of challenging, longer texts as well as grasp implicit meanings,
  • express yourself spontaneously and fluently without frequently having to search for words,
  • use the language effectively and flexibly in your social and professional life or during training or your studies,
  • make clear, structured and detailed statements on complex topics. 
Please contact your university, institution of higher education or preparatory course provider before your course of study is due to begin to find out if the Goethe-Zertifikat C1 is able to grant you exemption from taking a language entrance test for foreign students.

Exam format training C1

Are you planning on taking a Goethe-Institut exam in the near future? Then the “Exam Format Training” course will be perfect for you!

​PARTIAL REPETITION C1

As of 2016, those who have taken the C1 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: 150,000 KRW

Supplemental exam guidelines (PDF, 145 KB)

Preparation

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 C1 exam are available here: