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Everything you need to know about the Goethe exam in 2024

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?

 That depends! Let’s take as an example the level A1.

If you decide to do a conventional group course at a language school you will have to do the German level A1.1 which usually consists of 16 session (2 sessions per week) of 90 minutes. For the level A1.2 you would need another 16 sessions – so in total you would need 16 weeks until you reach your A1 level.

However, if you wish to learn more independently and in your own pace & your own time I can recommend our A1 German online course. You will have personalized video lessons and constant support by our teachers, paired with an extremely flexible schedule to carter to your individual needs. 

 

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 sessions which will take place from the 1st to the 3rd of June and from the 28th to the 30th of September 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?

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