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Miles ahead. The Goethe-Zertifikat C1

As of January 2024, the Goethe-Exam C1 Zertifikat is offered as a modular exam. 

The Goethe-Zertifikat C1 is a German exam for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired very advanced language skills and corresponds to the fifth level (C1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


  • understand a wide range of challenging, longer texts as well as grasp implicit meanings,
  • express yourself spontaneously and fluently without frequently having to search for words,
  • use the language effectively and flexibly in your social and professional life or during training or your studies,
  • make clear, structured and detailed statements on complex topics. 

Please contact your university, institution of higher education or preparatory course provider before your course of study is due to begin to find out if the Goethe-Zertifikat C1 is able to grant you exemption from taking a language entrance test for foreign students.

C1 Exam:

  • Lesen: 65 minutes
  • Hören: 40 minutes
  • Schreiben: 75 minutes
  • Sprechen: 15 minutes

Total time excluding breaks between modules and preparation time for the speaking exam: 3 hours 25 minutes

Further information and exercises for the Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Exam guidelines, terms and conditions, examinees with special needs