Goethe | Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1

Goethe | Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 confirms very basic German language skills at the first level (A1) of the six-level competence scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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Who takes Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1?

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 is a German exam for adults learning German as a foreign language. People with this Goethe certificate would like to live and work in Switzerland and need a language diploma for their visa. In addition, people would like to prove their learning success at level A1 with an official and internationally recognised certificate.

People with the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 can:

  • communicate in a simple way when the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly.
  • understand and use familiar, everyday and frequently used expressions and simple sentences (e.g. information about themselves and their family, shopping, work, local area).
  • introduce themselves and others and ask other people questions about themselves - e.g. where they live, what people they know or what things they have.

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Format of the exam

Exam section Content Duration
Reading You read texts such as short notes, classified ads, signs or notices and do tasks on them. 25 Minutes
Writing You fill in simple forms and write a short personal text about an everyday situation. 20 Minutes
Listening You listen to short everyday conversations, telephone messages or public address announcements and work on tasks related to them. 20 Minutes
Speaking You introduce yourself to the group. Then you ask and answer questions from everyday life and ask someone from the group to do something. 15 Minutes

Rating by the Goethe-Institut

All candidates who have passed all parts of the German exam will receive a certificate. On the back of the certificate there is an explanation of the results.

The score achieved can be interpreted as follows:

Points Rating
100 - 90 very good
89 - 80 good
79 - 70 satisfactory
69 - 60 sufficient
59 - 0 failed

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