Dates and Enrolment

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Examinations 2021

Registration for the exams b2 (on 29.06.) & c1 (on 30.06.) is now closed. Information about the next exam dates will be updated soon.  

Examinations 2021

 Registration Dates Exam Dates
13.04.2021 written & oral: 20.04.2021
13.04.2021 written & oral: 21.04.2021
13.04.2021 written & oral: 27.04.2021
13.04.2021 written & oral: 28.04.2021
01.06.2021 written & oral: 08.06.2021
01.06.2021 written & oral: 09.06.2021
01.06.2021 written & oral: 15.06.2021
01.06.2021 written & oral: 16.06.2021
 Registration dates Exam dates
15.04.2021 written & oral: 11.05.2021
02.06.2021 written & oral: 22.06.2021
 Registration dates Exam dates
15.04.2021 written & oral: 12.05.2021
02.06.2021 written & oral: 23.06.2021
 Registration dates Exam dates
14.04.2021 written & oral: 04.05.2021
14.04.2021 written & oral: 05.05.2021
03.06.2021 written & oral: 29.06.2021
Registration dates Exam dates
03.06.2021 written & oral: 30.06.2021

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 Transfer 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 – 20,000 NGN for internals and 27,000 NGN for externals

2.2.2 Goethe-Zertifikat A2 / Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch – 20,000 NGN for internals and 27,000 NGN for externals

2.2.3 Goethe-Zertifikat B1 / Goethe-Zertifikat B1 für Erwachsene – 28,000 NGN for internals 32,000 NGN for externals

2.2.4 Goethe-Zertifikat B2 / Goethe-Zertifikat B2 für Erwachsene – 28,000 NGN for internals 32,000 NGN for externals

2.2.5 Goethe-Zertifikat C1 – 35,000 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 Durchführungsbestimmung A1

6.2 Durchführungsbestimmung A2

6.3 Durchführungsbestimmung B1

6.4 Durchführungsbestimmung B2

6.5 Durchführungsbestimmung C1

6.6 Durchführungsbestimmung 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
How do I register for my exam online?
On the designated days of exam registration,you can apply hereon our website . Kindly note that registration is highly competitive and there are limited slots. Unless otherwise noted, the registration link will be activated at 09:00am, and will always be done on a first-come first-served basis. Endeavour to apply on time.

Here is a step-to-step guide on what to do:
  • Click on the link at 09:00am.
  • Fill in the form with your personal information, including your E-Mail address.
  • Once your application has been sent, you will receive an automatic response confirming that we have received your application form.
  • Should your application be succesful, a confirmation will be sent to you. This confirmation will include:
(1) The exact amount of the examination fee to be paid
(2) Goethe-Institut Nigeria's bank account number
(3) Your personal examination code, which must reflect in the payment of the exam fee
(4) The payment deadline.  (1) A scanned copy of your international passport
(2) A scanned passport photograph
(3) A copy of the proof of payment (with the personalized payment code)
  • You will thereafter be sent an email of acknowledgement, stating that your documents have been received and will be processed.
  • After processing your documents, you will be sent the exam invite, indicating:
(1) Location of the exam
(2) Time of the exam
(3) COVID-19 Health declaration to be brought to the exam. 
Can someone else do the registration for me?
Although it is better to register yourself to avoid mistakes with your personal details, it is possible for someone else to register you, as long as the person can provide your personal details correctly and can submit the following documents in pdf-format, using your personal email address:
  • a scanned copy of your valid international passport
  • a scanned passport photograph of you.
  • a copy of the proof of payment 
When is the next exam registration?
You can find the dates for our exam registration here. They are also announced on our Social Media Platforms:
Instagram & Twitter: @gi_nigeria
I do not have a passport. Can I register for the exam?
You are required to have your valid international passport as means of identity for all exam registrations.
My passport is not ready / at the consulate. Can I still register and sit for the exam?
To register, all you need is a copy of your international passport. However, on the day of the exam, you must present the original copy of your passport. If your passport will not be available on the day of the exam, you have to pre-inform the language office at least 3 working days before the exam via email attaching the proof that your passport is indeed being processed at the immigration office, the Austrian embassy or the German Consulate . The language department will then confirm whether you will be allowed to sit for the exam with or without it.
Can I register for any exam level? Even if I have not written any exam at the Goethe-Institut before? 
Yes. You can register for any level you wish for, without having sat for a Goethe-Zertifikat exam before.
How can I prepare for the Goethe-Zertifikat exams?
You can find practice materials on our website here and you can find other helpful apps and materials here that will help you improve your German proficiency as you prepare for the next examinations.
You may also visit the German corner at the library of Alliance Française de Lagos to find more practice materials in printed form.

I cannot view my result online. What do I do?
You can check your results here. You will be prompted to fill in your:
  • Prüfungsteilnehmer-Nr: That is the exam number which you were given right before the exam.
  • Geburtsdatum ( This is your date of birth. Make sure you separate the day, month and year using a dot (.) e.g. 01.01.1990 
Should you be experiencing difficulties checking your results, kindly take note of the following instructions:
  • Ensure the page is in German. Automatic translation into English renders the page invalid.
  • Enter your information under “Individualauskunft”
  • After typing in your correct exam number, ensure you enter your date of birth in this format:
  • Click on “Ergebnis” not “Termin”
If you are still having problems after doing these, do not hesitate to notify us via email at
How long does it take for my certificate to be ready?
Generally, certificates are ready 14 days after the exam. However, sometimes it may take a bit longer. You can contact the language department through email or phone call, to confirm if your certificate is ready.
How can I pick up my certificate?
To know and confirm when to pick up your certificate, kindly send an email to You will then be given an appointment.
Can someone help me pick up my certificate?
Yes. Someone can help you pick up your certificate. You may have your certificate picked up by an acquaintance. The person will however need to present with the following:
  • A copy of your examination slip
  • A copy of your international passport
  • A letter of authorization, referencing the person picking up
  • A valid means of identity by the acquaintance
Can the Goethe-Institut send my certificate to me?
Yes. You will need to have submitted a self-addressed prepaid courier envelope at the language office on the day of the exam. The certificate will be sent to you, once they are issued.
How long does it take for my certificate to expire?
All Goethe-Zertifikate - A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 - do not expire. However, many institutions and employers may demand that your certificate should not be older than a certain amount of time.
Can the Goethe-Institut authenticate or certify my certificate?
The Goethe-Institut does not certify its certificates. Should an institution or organization require a certified certificate, you may get it done at a notary office. Or book an appointment at the German Consulate.
Can I get a refund for an exam that I missed?
Cancellations must be submitted in writing. The date of cancellation shall be the date of receipt at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria. A cancellation fee of 50% is applicable should you cancel from 6-10 working days before exam date. A cancellation fee of 80% is applicable should you cancel from 1-5 working days before exam date. No refunds will be possible on or after the exam date.
I would like to talk to someone. Is there a number I can call?
Yes, you can call the reception on +234 (1) 4549515 from Mondays to Fridays between 10:00 a.m. and 03:00 p.m.

Exam Fees


A 1 Start Deutsch 1 A1: primarily for family reunion visa application
Internal candidate: 20,000 Naira
External candidate: 27,000 Naira
A 2 Goethe-Zertifikat A2
Internal candidate: 20,000 Naira
External candidate: 27,000 Naira
B 1 Goethe-Zertifikat B1: for persons intending to study in Germany
Internal candidate: 28,000 Naira
External candidate: 32,000 Naira
B 2 Goethe-Zertifikat B2
Internal candidate: 28,000 Naira
External candidate: 32,000 Naira
C1 Goethe-Zertifikat C1
External candidate: 35,000 Naira