Do you know a little German already? The table below shows different levels of German language proficiency and how they are defined. They are officially classified as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For each exam one must be able to: listen, read, write, and speak German.

The examinations for these levels can be very important. To live in Germany, one is expected to be at least A1 Certified, while the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 allows foreign students to be admitted to colleges and universities in Germany. (all following Links are external Links)

A1 Beginning German
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. Can introduce oneself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
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A2 Advanced Beginning German
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information. Can describe in simple terms aspects of one’s background, environment and matters of immediate interest.
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B1 Intermediate German
Can understand the main points in matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can talk about topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
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B2 Advanced Intermediate German
Can understand the main ideas in concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization. Can interact with native speakers without strain for either party. Can talk about a wide range of subjects and express a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
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C1 Advanced German
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can speak clearly and correctly on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
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C2 Advanced German
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express themselves spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.
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Last updated March 3rd 2017