Goethe-Zertifikat C1

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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.

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 C1
150 USD


Since the demand for exams at levels C1 and C2 is rather low, we collect expressions of interest and then try to offer you a group appointment as soon as possible.

Please send an e-mail to our colleague, Mr. Daher Srour, at daher.srour@goethe.de only to register for the C1 and C2 level exams

Please note the level in the subject line of your e-mail and let us know your passport-identical full name and telephone number. Please note that we will get back to you via email. We strongly advise against using an email address other than your regular email address.


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: