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Everything you need to know about the Goethe exam in 2023

In the following article you will encounter everything you need to know about the Goethe exam. I will tell you what exactly it is, why you need it, what it looks like and most importantly how to pass it. If you are thinking about taking the exam, but still have open questions, or if you are unsure if you`ll be able to pass the test – look no further! All your questions will be answered in the section below.

 

Now you might be wondering…

 

What exactly is the Goethe exam...?

The Goethe exam is a highly regarded German language test that will determine your language proficiency. You can take the exam on all levels (A1 – C2).

…and why do I need it?

You need the exam as an official prove for every matter that requires a certain level of German skills, for example:

  • Integration and residence permits (A1, A2, B1)
  • Work permits (A1, A2, B1-B2)
  • Swiss passport (B1)
  • University admission (C1)
  • Recognition of foreign diplomas (B2 / C1)

And here’s the best part:

 

Where is the exam officially recognized?

It is officially recognized in all German speaking countries (Switzerland, Germany, Austria). It is highly regarded by companies, government authorities, schools, and universities.

 Now let’s dive a little deeper into the exam structure

 

What is the structure of the Goethe test?

Depending on which language level you’re taking the exam, the structure will differ. The tables below will give you more details on your language level.

A1 exam structure

Goethe exam structure A1

A2 exam structure

Goethe exam structure A2

B1 exam structure

B2 exam structure

C1 exam structure

C2 exam structure

 

Now you might be wondering…

How long does an average learner have to study for each level?

 Here’s the deal:

Typically, each language level can be broken down into two parts.

As an example:

To reach the language level A1 you will have to complete the course A1.1 and A1.2.

German level A1.1

For the level A1.1 a course usually consists of 16 sessions of 90 minutes.

If you would have 2 sessions per week, you could complete the A1.1 course in 8 weeks.

German level A1.2

For the level A1.2 you would need another 16 sessions of 90 minutes – so in total another 8 weeks to reach A1.2

That means, in only 16 weeks you can reach the level A1.

If you choose to visit an intensive course, reaching an A1 level can be accomplished even faster.

 

Sounds not bad, right?

Feeling ready for the exam!?

Then it’s time to take action

Where can I take the Goethe exam and how do I register for it?

In Zurich, the exam is offered here:

Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW)

Zentrum Deutsch als Fremdsprache

Lagerstrasse 41/45

8004 Zürich

Tel.: +41 58 934 61 85

Fax: +41 58 935 60 90

goethe.daf@zhaw.ch

www.zhaw.ch/goethe

Important: Keep in mind that the ZHAW only runs 5 exam sessions a year and that you must register in time for the exam (registration dates can be found below).

When does the Goethe exam take place?

You can already register now on the website www.zhaw.ch/goethe for the upcoming exam session which will take place from 23rd of February to 1st of April 2023.

You can only register online for the exam. Go to www.zhaw.ch/goethe, scroll down a bit and then hit the orange button to register.


How much does the Goethe exam cost?

Thank you for reading my article! Drop a comment if you liked it or if you still have a question.

Hear you soon,

Anna

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