Exams

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TestDaF is an examination prepared at a central location and implemented around the world. It is intended primarily for students who wish to study in Germany and require   
certification of advanced German skills. The TestDaF-Institut in Bochum is responsible for preparing and implementing the TestDaF examination. Deutsches Haus is proud to be an
officially licensed TestDaF testing center, one of only four in the United States.

Fee: 175 EURO aprox. 220 USD
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Registration: Students interested in taking the TestDaF exam must register directly online with the TestDaF-Institut. Payment must also be made online by credit card.
Click here to register and for more details.

Exam dates: Deutsches Haus will offer the TestDaF exam on the following dates:
  • February 10, 2015
  • April 22, 2015
  • June 9, 2015
  • September 10, 2015
  • November 19, 2015
If you have signed up for the exam, please arrive at Deutsches Haus by no later than 9:45 am (ID check). The TestDaF exam begins promptly at 10 am!

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Deutsches Haus in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut offers the German exams A1: Start Deutsch 1, A2: Start Deutsch 2, B1: Zertifikat Deutsch, Goethe-Zertifikat B2 and Goethe-Zertifikat C1 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). The exams are held twice a year, in June and December. In order to offer an exam at least four candidates need to sign up for the exam. Additional information about these internationally recognized Goethe-Institut exams can be found below on this website.

UPCOMING EXAMS

Goethe Certificate C1
March 13 2015
Registration deadline: March 1 2015

Goethe Certificate A2
March 20 2015
Registration deadline: March 8 2015

Goethe Certificate A1

March 27 2015
Registration deadline: March 15 2015

Fees
A1: $100
A2: $110
B1: $130
B2: $150
C1: $180

To register, please use the field 'specific event' on our registration form.

Detailed information about each exam 
 
A1: Start Deutsch 1
Level
Proof of very basic knowledge of German. You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. You can introduce yourself and others and are able to ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. You can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
 
Test Sections

The test has two parts: The written part requires 1 hour 05 minutes and consists of reading comprehension, listening comprehension and written expression. The oral exam takes 15 minutes. Detailed description.

Recognition

Recognized by institutions as proof of very basic knowledge of German. Also recognized in Germany as proof of elementary language knowledge when applying for permanent residency in Germany.
Book with sample tests and tips:
Fit fürs Goethe-Zertifikat A1, ISBN 978-3-19-001872-7, published by Hueber
 

A2: Start Deutsch 2
Level
Proof of basic knowledge of German. You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). You are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. You can describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
 
Test Sections 

The test has two parts: The written part requires 1 hours 10 minutes and consists of reading comprehension, listening comprehension and written expression. The oral exam takes 15 minutes. Detailed description.

Recognition 

Widely recognized as proof of elementary knowledge of German.

Book with sample tests and tips:
Fit fürs Goethe-Zertifikat A2, ISBN 978-3-19-001873-4, published by Hueber


B1: Zertifikat Deutsch
Level

Proof of solid knowledge of basic German. You can manage important everyday situations. You are able to understand and participate in conversations on daily life and express yourself orally and in writing. You also comprehend oral statements and written texts.
You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Test Sections 

The test has two parts: The written part requires 2 hours 30 minutes and consists of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, grammar/syntax/vocabulary, written expression. The oral exam takes 15 minutes. Detailed description.

Recognition
Widely recognized by private and public employers as proof of basic knowledge of German. Also recognized in Germany as proof of language knowledge when applying for German citizenship.

Book with sample tests and tips:
Fit für das Zertifikat, ISBN 978-3-19-051651-3, published by Hueber


Goethe-Zertifikat B2
Level

You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Test Sections

The test has two parts: The written part requires 3 hours 10 minutes and consists of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression. The oral exam takes 15 minutes. Detailed description.

Recognition 

Well-known and internationally recognized by employers as proof of solid general command of German. The examination certificate exempts the holder from language testing when enrolling in some German institutions of higher education.

Book with sample tests and tips:
Fit für das Goethe-Zertifikat B2, ISBN 978-3-19-001874-1, published by Hueber


Goethe-Zertifikat C1
Level 

You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. You can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. You are able to express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Test Sections 
The test has two parts: The written part requires 3 hours 15 minutes and consists of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression. The oral exam takes 15 minutes. Detailed description.

Recognition

Widely recognized as a proficient use of the German language. The examination certificate exempts the holder from language testing when enrolling in some German institutions of higher education.

Book with sample tests and tips:
Fit für das Goethe-Zertifikat C1, ISBN 978-3-19-001875-8, published by Hueber


Goethe-Zertifikat C2 GDS
Level 

You can understand everything in German that you read and hear effortlessly. You can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, and, in doing so, synthesize correlating arguments as well as explanations.  You can naturally express yourself in a fluent and accurate manner and articulate the finer nuances of complex arguments.
Test Sections
The test has two parts: The written part requires 3 hours 15 minutes and consists of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression. The oral exam takes 15 minutes
Detailed description.
 
Recognition

The Goethe-Zertifikat C2 GDS (Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom) enables foreign students to apply to German universities.

Book with sample tests and tips:
Fit fürs Goethe-Zertifikat C2. ISBN: 978-3-19-201875-6, published by HUEBER


Reading Knowledge
Deutsches Haus also offers a Reading Knowledge Exam at the end of each completed term, five times a year. There is no minimum of students for the exam to take place. The exam is also open to students who are not currently enrolled.

During the exam, students are presented with a text of about 300 words. They have 90 minutes to translate the text. The final grade is based 100% on the exam. Acceptable translation aids: Traditional or electronic dictionaries only. Online translation resources are not allowed.
The registration fee for all exam participants is $100.

Upcoming Reading Knowledge Exam:
Friday, April 3rd - 10am
Online registration is open! Please go to the registration form link. Registration is open to registered Deutsches Haus students and the general public. For further information, please contact Deutsches Haus at deutsches.haus@nyu.edu.