The A1 certificate is the first level. This means that people who start with A1 do not know anything about the German language. The A1 test requires the following knowledge:
Knowing numbers, reading the time on a clock and understand prices.
Easily explaining ways and directions
Understanding a person speaking to you slowly and with pauses
Having a basic conversation in German
Preparation for the Goethe test – level A2
The Goethe test level A2 certificates that you have a basic German level. You will know the following things:
Understanding sentences and expressions of daily life.
Communicating and exchanging ideas about the topics you know about.
Talking about where you come from, your job and education, and explaining what you need or want.
Preparation for the Goethe test – level B1
With the B1 certificate, you can study in a Studienkolleg (a special college for preparation to German universities, which is even mandatory for certain students). Also, this level will help you a lot if you want to work in Germany. When you pass this level, you will know the following:
Understanding the majority of the information from any person you talk to, provided that the conversation is about everyday life or a topic that you know about, like your job, school and free time.
Preparation for the Goethe test – level B2
If you achieve the German certificate B2, you can start studying in a Studienkolleg or start working in a medical job. You will know the following :
Understanding complicated texts about complex topics, and be a part of the conversation about such topics.
Speak the German language fluently
Make clear your own point of view about any subject and discuss its advantages and its disadvantages.
Preparation for the Goethe test – level C1
The German certificate C1 is very close to one’s mother tongue skills. A lot of companies require this exam because it requires this level as it demonstrates very good German. You will know the following:
Understanding complicated texts and can make a summary of it in your own words
Speaking spontaneously about any subject you wish, without looking for words in the dictionary.
You can use the German language in a fluent and flexible way in society and in your profession.
Frequently asked questions
What is the Goethe test exactly?
The Goethe test from the Goethe Institute is a certification that fulfills the requirements of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). That is the reason why it is a certificate that is recognized worldwide. There are different levels, starting from A1 (that is the beginner’s certificate) until C2 (that denotes a level equivalent to one’s mother language).