Key advice for students taking a German language exam course

At GLS, students automatically get a German language certificate documenting their level on the European Framework scale (A1-C2). This certificate is free of charge and, and a GLS B2 certificate is accepted by many employers and institutions in Berlin. However, for a certificate with international recognition, we do recommend taking the TestDaF or Goethe exams.

There are basically 2 pieces of advice for students signing on an exam preparation course.

1. Select the right German language exam for the right purpose

Goethe B1 is suitable for university studies in music or art.
Goethe B2 is accepted by most employers.
Goethe C1 is accepted by all employers.
TestDaf focuses on university related topics and is suitable for university entry.
Goethe C2 is for teachers of German.

Students should make sure to select the exam best suited to their specific purposes. For eample, TestDaF and Goethe C1 test the same level, but while TestDaf is suitable as part of a University application, employers tend to appreciate a Goethe C1 certificate more.

2. Make sure you have reached the required level of language before starting the exam preparation course

Exam courses test a given level “at its peak”. For example, a Goethe B2 exam does not test students who just reached level B2, but those who finished B2. And that means that students should have reached this level prior to starting an exam prep course. The preparation course will focus on the exam only, on its structures and challenges.

Marion Feuchtenberger is Director of GLS German Language School in Berlin.  The school offers TestDaf and Goethe certificate preparation.

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