Further information

A piece of cake: the exam sections

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 exam consists of reading, listening, writing and speaking sections. The speaking section of the exam is completed in a group. 
The exam is administered and evaluated uniformly all over the world.


You will be asked to read texts such as brief notes, classified advertisements, signposts and posters and complete exercises on these texts.

Duration: 25 minutes


You will be asked to fill in simple forms and write a short text about yourself on an everyday topic.

Duration: 20 minutes


You will be asked to listen to short everyday conversations, telephone messages or public announcements over a loudspeaker and complete exercises on what you have heard.

Duration: approx. 20 minutes


You will be asked to introduce yourself to the group before taking part in a question-and-answer session on everyday matters and asking someone in the group for something.

Duration: 15 minutes


The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 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 A1: Start Deutsch 1 exam.
  • Participation in the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 exam assumes that candidates already have German language skills corresponding to the first level of competence (A1) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • To reach this level, candidates need to have completed between 80 and 200 teaching units of 45 minutes each, depending on their previous knowledge and learning requirements.