Goethe-Institut Testing

The Goethe-Institut's German language examinations are an internationally recognized standard for accessing and quantifying German language skills, be it for personal or professional reasons. These examinations correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The GAI offers a range of levels from A1 to C2 for autonomous language ability.

The Germanic-American Institute offers private tutoring for those seeking extra instruction before taking any of the Goethe-Institut tests listed below. 

Goethe exams are scheduled quarterly and registration can be completed online. 

Registration will close January 10, 2021

REGISTER HERE Goethe Proficiency Exam Registration

The GAI currently offers the following examinations:

Examinations for Adults (16+ years)

Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1

Completion of the first two levels of GAI language instruction recommended (G100-G200) or one year / two semesters German. This certificate is required for Au-Pair positions in Germany or if you want to receive a Visa to join your spouse. 

Goethe-Zertifikat A2

Completion of the first four levels of GAI language instruction recommended (G100-G400) or two years / four semesters German. This certificate shows that you can make yourself understood in simple, routine situations demanding an exchange of information on familiar and common topics.

Goethe-Zertifikat B1

Successful completion of the G-series courses (G100-G600) at the GAI or three years / six semesters prepares students to pass the Goethe-Zertifikat B1. This level is the minimum requirement to live & work in Germany or to attend a Studienkolleg prep course for University admission.

Goethe-Zertifikat B2

Successful completion of Oberstufe 2 at the GAI or several years of outside German study are recommended. This level is required to attend a Studienkolleg prep course for University admission. It shows you are able to communicate spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with a native speaker is readily possible without a great deal of effort on either side.

Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Successful completion of the C1 Oberstufe levels at the GAI or several years of German study along with additional test preparation is recommended. This is the minimum required level for University admission and demonstrates an advanced level of German knowledge for employment purposes. 

Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom

Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) is a German exam for adults which certified that candidates have acquired extremely advanced language skills, at near native levels. The GDS is required to teach at a school in Germany and is sufficient for admission at most german language Universities. 

Examinations for Young People

Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch 2

Passing the Fit in Deutsch examinations proves that you can make yourself understood in simple German.  These examinations require a basic knowledge of German and correspond to levels one (A1) and two (A2) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  Recommended minimum age: 10 years.

Goethe-Zertifikat B1

Passing the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 examination proves that you have a sound basic knowledge of everyday German and that you have the language skills required for dealing with all kinds of different situations encountered every day. This exam tests the same skills as the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 for adults but with content appropriate for a younger student. Recommended minimum age: 12 years.

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