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Miles ahead. The Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Our next exam in Atlanta is on October 14th/15th
The exact day and time for your exam level will be communicated after registration closes the evening of September 18th.

The Goethe-Zertifikat C1 calls for very advanced language skills. It corresponds to level five (C1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After passing the examination, you will be able to do the following, for example:

  • easily understand relatively long radio talks and radio programs,
  • understand a wide range of written texts, including longer, more complex factual texts, commentaries and reports,
  • express yourself clearly and logically in essays on complex issues, choosing the right kind of expression to appeal to the reader,
  • verbally express yourself spontaneously and fluently, state your own opinions, formulate your thoughts and views precisely and make detailed contributions of your own.

C1 Prüfung:

  • Hören: 40 minutes
  • Lesen: 70 minutes
  • Schreiben: 80 minutes
  • Sprechen: 15 minutes

Total Time excluding breaks between modules: 3 hours 25 minutes

Further information and exercises for the Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Materials that can be downloaded

Examination Fees

Current Goethe Atlanta students: $290
External candidates: $320

As of 2022, the C1 exam is not a modular exam. All four parts have to receive a passing score to obtain the C1 certificate. 

 

Registration

COVID-19 Update: We require all exam participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or to present a negative PCR test result from a medical facility taken within 72 hours of my exam start time to be admitted to an exam at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. 

A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a 2-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine). Proof of vaccination (vaccination card) is required. If you have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have experienced any flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, headache, dry cough, respiratory problems, diarrhea) within 10 days prior to the date of the exam, please stay home.

As of July 2022, we recommend wearing a mask while in the Goethe-Zentrum for events, classes, and exams. If the COVID risk assessment changes by the exam date, you may be required to wear a mask during the exam. Refusal to do so can lead to exclusion from the exam. 

Once you register for an exam on our website, you may cancel your registration up to the date that registration closes, approximately 4 weeks before the exam date, and receive a full refund of your registration fee. After this deadline, your registration is non-refundable. If you are sick on exam day, have had COVID symptoms within 10 days of the exam, have a positive COVID test, or have been exposed to COVID, you can take the exam at no additional cost on the next date the exam is offered at Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta.