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Your next step forward: Goethe-Zertifikat B1

The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German exam for young people and adults (please choose Youth or Adult version when registering). It certifies that candidates are independent users of the German language and corresponds to the third level (B1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

PASSING THE EXAM DEMONSTRATES THAT YOU CAN ...

  • understand the main points of information in conversations and texts on familiar matters relating to work, school and leisure time, etc. when clear, standard language is used,
  • deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in German-speaking countries,
  • express yourself simply and coherently when talking about familiar topics and areas of personal interest,
  • report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and ambitions as well as make short statements and explanations.

B1 Exam:

  • Lesen: 65 minutes
  • Hören: 40 minutes
  • Schreiben: 60 minutes
  • Sprechen: 15 minutes

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

Further information and exercises for the Das Goethe-Zertifikat B1

Exam guidelines, terms and conditions, extra information

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 January 2023, 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 3-4 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.