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Goethe-Institut (GI)

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. GI sets internationally recognised standards in the teaching and learning of German as a foreign language. It runs language courses, compiles teaching materials, trains teachers, contributes to scientific research and participates in politicolanguage initiatives. The Research and Development unit at the head office in Munich collates teaching, exam and training material for German as a foreign and second language.


The Goethe-Institut's German language examinations correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for language skills at the highest level.


Goethe-Institut examination aligned to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):


General German


A1 -     Goethe-Zertifikat A1  (also known as: Start Deutsch 1 - SD1)

           Young people (Fit in Deutsch 1)

           Adults (Start Deutsch 1)


A2 -     Goethe-Zertifikat A2  (also known as: Start Deutsch 2 - SD2)

           Young people (Fit in Deutsch)

           Adults (Start Deutsch 2)


B1 -     Goethe-Zertifikat B1  (also known as: Zertifikat Deutsch – ZD)

           Young people



B2 -     Goethe-Zertifikat B2 (formerly: ZMP)

           Young people



C1 -     Goethe-Zertifikat C1  (formerly: Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung – ZMP)



C2 -     Goethe-Zertifikat C2  (formerly: ZOP, KDS, GDS)




Business German


B2 -     Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf (ZdfB)
C1 -     Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International (PWD)

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The Goethe-Institut examinations are available to all interested parties and can be taken regardless of your age or nationality.



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