Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1

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Ideal if you'd like to ...

  • apply for a position as an au pair in Germany
  • obtain evidence of the language skills required to be granted a visa to join your husband or wife in Germany
  • prove that you have successfully reached level A1
  • be issued with an official and internationally recognized certificate

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 is a German exam for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired very basic language skills and corresponds to the first level (A1) 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 ...

  • communicate in a simple manner if the person you are speaking to talks slowly and clearly,
  • understand and use familiar, everyday and common expressions and simple sentences (e.g. information about yourself and your family or about shopping, work and your immediate surroundings),
  • introduce yourself and others, as well as ask others about themselves, e.g. where they live, who they know and what they own.

Examination dates

We offer at least 20 examination dates per month and thus test almost 1500 candidates at all levels. The Start Deutsch A1 exam is our focal exam with up to 1000 candidates monthly.
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 A1: Start Deutsch 1
100 USD


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 A1: Start Deutsch 1 exam are available here: