Goethe-Zertifikat C2: GDS

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Ideal if you'd like to ...

  • study or conduct research in Germany
  • teach at a school in Germany
  • prove that you have successfully reached level C2
  • be issued with an official and internationally recognized certificate

The Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) is a German exam for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired extremely advanced language skills and corresponds to the sixth level (C2) 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 ...

  • effortlessly understand virtually everything that you read or hear in German,
  • summarize information from various written and spoken sources, logically recounting reasons and explanations,
  • express yourself spontaneously with a high level of fluency and precision and make finer nuances of meaning clear when discussing more complex topics. 
The Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom entitles foreign students to study at a German university or institution of higher education and is recognized in many places as evidence of the language skills required to teach German. The exam is recognized as official evidence of the language competence needed to teach throughout Germany. Further information on this is available from accredited institutions in each of Germany’s states, such as the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, the Office for Teacher Training, the District Council or the Senate Committee.
On 1st January 2012, the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom exam replaced the three previously existing exams, namely the Goethe-Zertifikat: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP), the Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS) and the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS).

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.

Additional charges apply for individual examination dates.

Examination Fee Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom
210 USD (Parts: 70$/Part)


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 C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom exam are available here: