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).

Passing the exam demonstrates that you can ...

  • understand the main points of information in conversations and texts on familiar matters relating to work, school and leisure time, etc. when clear, standard language is used,
  • deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in German-speaking countries,
  • express yourself simply and coherently when talking about familiar topics and areas of personal interest,
  • report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and ambitions as well as make short statements and explanations.

Examination dates

We offer at least 20 examination dates per month and thus test almost 1500 candidates at all levels.
We test in the mornings and afternoons and also on the weekend. When you enrol, you will be presented with an overview of all the dates that are still available and you can bindingly choose a free place that suits you best.

Examination Fee Goethe-Zertifikat B1
150 USD (Parts: 50$/Part)


You must register for the examination in person. Please exclusively use our Online Service to make an appointment
Appointments are no longer made by email!
Note: Please note that to book an appointment, you will leave the goethe.de pages.

At present, demand exceeds our capacity. Therefore, waiting times of several weeks may occur. We are continuously trying to expand our service, and registration dates are regularly released by us.

Kindly bring the examination fee, your passport and the completed Enrolment Form with you.


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 B1 exam are available here: