Further information

A piece of cake: the exam sections

The Goethe-Zertifikat A2 exam comprises reading, listening, writing and speaking sections. 
The exam is administered and evaluated in the same way all over the world.

Reading

You will be asked to read texts such as short newspaper articles, emails, advertisements and public announcement boards and then complete exercises about what you have read.

Duration: 30 minutes

Writing

You will be asked to write messages related to your everyday environment.

Duration: 30 minutes

Listening

You will be asked to listen to everyday conversations, announcements and interviews on the radio, messages on the telephone and public announcements and complete exercises about what you have heard.

Duration: 30 minutes

Speaking

You will be asked to pose and answer questions in conversations about yourself, converse about your own life and make agreements or negotiate with your conversation partner.

Duration: 15 minutes

Requirements

The Goethe-Zertifikat A2 is a German exam for adults.

The Goethe-Institut exams are available to all interested parties and can be taken regardless of age and nationality.
  • A minimum age of 16 years is recommended to take the Goethe-Zertifikat A2 exam.
  • To sit the Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Start Deutsch 2 exam, candidates must have German language skills corresponding to the second level of competence (A2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • To reach this level, candidates should have completed between 200 and 350 45-minute classes, depending on their previous knowledge and learning requirements.

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