Dates and Enrolment

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Prüfungsanmeldung während COVID-19

Online Application for the Examinations Goethe-Zertifikat A1, B1 and C1

We are pleased to inform you that we will be able to offer some additional examination dates for the levels A1, B1 and C1 in November and December 2020.

Due to the still established COVID-19 health regulations at our premises, the number of participants is limited. We ask for your understanding that the language department will assign the exact examination date to each successful registered applicant.

You can apply for the exams via online form, which will be available on our website between October 29 (09:00am) and October 30 (06:00pm).

You will receive a payment link along with the examination date confirmation via email after successful registration subject to availability of seats.

Important Note: Successful online registration is NOT a confirmation of an examination seat. Examination confirmation is subject to the availability of seats for the registered date and will be communicated later via a separate email.

Exam Application during COVID-19

Examinations 2020

Our exams can be taken by internals and externals. Examination dates fixed for end-of-term: March, July and December are primarily for internals.

 Registration dates Exam dates
04. & 05.02.2020 written & oral:
20. & 21.02.2020
09. & 10.03.2020 written & oral:
26.& 27.03.2020
29. & 30.10.2020

written & oral:
23. & 24. & 25.11.2020
 Registration dates Exam dates
12.03.2020 written& oral: 03.04.2020
 Registration dates Exam dates
16. - 17.03.2020 written: 07. & 08.04.2020
oral:  09.04.2020
29. - 30.10.2020

written: 26.11.2020
oral: 27.11.2020
29. - 30.10.2020

written & oral: 01.12.2020
written & oral: 02.12.2020
 Registration dates Exam dates
16. - 17.03.2020 written: 07. & 08.04.2020
oral:  09.04.2020
Registration dates Exam dates
29. - 30.10.2020
written & oral: 12.11.2020
written & oral: 13.11.2020

Registration Information

1. Enrolment requirements

1.1 Minimum age: As stated in the exam guidelines.

1.2 The following exams are offered by the Goethe-Institut (the Goethe-Institut reserves its right not to offer certain exams if there are insufficient numbers of Participants or other circumstances justifying it):

1.2.1 Exams for adults: Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1, Goethe-Zertifikat A2, Goethe-Zertifikat B1, Goethe-Zertifikat B2, Goethe-Zertifikat C1, Goethe-Zertifikat C1 and Goethe-Zertifikat C2.

1.2.2 Exams for young persons: Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1, Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch, Goethe-Zertifikat B1 für Jugendliche, Goethe-Zertifikat B2 für Jugendliche.

1.2.3 Modular Exam: Goethe-Zertifikat B1, Goethe-Zertifikat B1 für Jugendliche, Goethe-Zertifikat B2, Goethe-Zertifikat B2 für Jugendliche, Goethe-Zertifikat C2.

1.3 Registration

1.3.1 Registrations take place on a first come, first served basis.

1.3.2 The Goethe-Institut will only process complete registration.

1.3.3 A confirmed registration is not transferrable to another person.

1.4 Rewriting of Exams:

1.4.1 Participants that wish to rewrite an exam, need to complete a new registration form

1.4.2 Rewrite of a module or a full examination is available on request.

1.5 Participants with special needs:

1.5.1 Participants with special needs must inform the Goethe-Institut in writing of the type and extent of their special need at least 30 business days before the start of the exam.

1.5.2 The aforementioned request must be submitted with proof to

1.5.3 The required printed form, that the participant will receive after informing the Goethe-Institut of their special needs, must be completed by a general practitioner or relevant specialist.

1.5.4 Further information can be viewed here:

2. Terms of Payment / Fees

2.1 Cash is currently the only acceptable means of payment.

2.2 Exam fees:

2.2.1 Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 / Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1 – 17,000 NGN for internals and 24,000 NGN for externals

2.2.2 Goethe-Zertifikat A2 / Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch – 17,000 NGN for internals and 24,000 NGN for externals

2.2.3 Goethe-Zertifikat B1 / Goethe-Zertifikat B1 für Erwachsene – 24,000 NGN for internals 28,000 NGN for externals

2.2.4 Goethe-Zertifikat B2 / Goethe-Zertifikat B2 für Erwachsene – 24,000 NGN for internals 28,000 NGN for externals

2.2.5 Goethe-Zertifikat C1 – 30,000 NGN

2.3 The full exam fee is payable on the day of registration.

3. Cancellation and refunds

3.1 Cancellations must be submitted in writing. The date of cancellation shall be the date of receipt at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria.

3.2 A cancellation fee of 50% is applicable should you cancel from 6-10 working days before exam date.

3.2 A cancellation fee of 80% is applicable should you cancel from 1-5 working days before exam date.

3.3 No refunds will be possible on or after the exam date.

4. Requirements on exam date

4.1 Original valid passport: Participants without their passport will be excluded from the exam.

4.2 Participants are required to adhere to the exam schedule. Late comers will be excluded from the exam.

5. Exam results

5.1 All exam results will be available from 2 weeks after the oral exam. Exceptions could arise, depending on circumstances.

6. The terms and conditions of the exam administration can be viewed here:

6.1 A1:

6.2 A2:

6.3 B1:

6.4 B2:

6.5 C1:

6.6 C2:

6.7 They can also be viewed in the library and at the reception of the Goethe-Institut Nigeria.

7. The exam guidelines can be viewed here:


7.2 It can also be viewed in the library as well as the reception of the Goethe-Institut Nigeria.

8. General

8.1 All our international exams take place at Goethe-Institut Nigeria. 30, Catholic Mission Street Opp. Holy Cross Cathedral Lagos Island, Lagos.

8.2 The Participant shall observe all the security regulations of the Goethe-Institut.

8.3 Should any of the Participant’s details provided during registration change, the Participant shall forthwith and without delay notify the Goethe-Institut thereof in writing.

8.4 In the event of the Goethe-Institut instructing attorneys in regard to any breach of the Participant of the conditions of this agreement then the Participant shall pay all the costs on the scale between Attorney and own Client, including any costs incidental to such action instituted against the Participant.

8.5 The Goethe-Institut reserves its right to change the terms and conditions for the next examination date and inform the Participant in writing or through a call.

9. Liability of the Goethe-Institut

9.1 The Participant agrees that the Institute and all its directors, employees, instructors, invigilators assistants, service providers, agents and representatives (hereinafter referred to as “the Indemnified Parties”) are not responsible for any death, illness, injury, loss or damage of any kind sustained by the Participant which may arise from taking part in the exam and all related activities, caused in any manner whatsoever.

9.2 The Participant waives any and all claims or actions that the Participant may have against the Indemnified Parties as a result of the Participant’s enrolment and participation in the examination.

9.3 The Goethe-Institut also accepts no liability for the cancellation of its services due to force majeure (e.g. natural disasters, fire, floods, war, official orders and all other circumstances beyond the control of the contractual parties).

10. Privacy Protection

10.1 The Goethe-Institut collects, processes and uses the personal data of the Participant both for the purpose of fulfilling the agreement signed with the Participant and as permitted by law and under the terms of any signed declaration of consent in compliance with privacy protection laws.

11. For certain visa application procedures (e.g. immigration of spouses, study), the German diplomatic missions abroad require proof of the applicant's knowledge of German and, if necessary, additional information to verify the certificates provided.

By submitting the registration form, the candidate gives his/her consent for his/her personal information and information about the examination taken to be provided to the relevant diplomatic mission

Exam Fees


A 1 Start Deutsch 1 A1: primarily for family reunion visa application
Internal candidate: 17,000 Naira
External candidate: 24,000 Naira
A 2 Goethe-Zertifikat A2
Internal candidate: 17,000 Naira
External candidate: 24,000 Naira
B 1 Goethe-Zertifikat B1: for persons intending to study in Germany
Internal candidate: 24,000 Naira
External candidate: 28,000 Naira
B 2 Goethe-Zertifikat B2
Internal candidate: 24,000 Naira
External candidate: 28,000 Naira
C1 Goethe-Zertifikat C1
External candidate: 30,000 Naira