Goethe | Zertifikat B2: Adults

Goethe | Zertifikat B2: Adults

The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 is a German examination for young people and adults. It confirms an advanced language level and corresponds to the fourth level (B2) on the six-level competence scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Exam Information

Who takes Goethe-Zertifikat B2

The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 is a German examination for young people and adults who would like to confirm their advanced language level with an official and internationally recognised certificate and live and work in Switzerland.

Individuals with a Goethe-Zertifikat B2 can:

  • understand the main content of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics and also understand specialist discussions in their own area of specialisation.
  • communicate spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is possible without major effort on either side.
  • express yourself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, explain a point of view on a topical issue and state the advantages and disadvantages of different options.

Goethe-zertifikat B2 Adults - Zeigen, was man wirklich kann

Format of the exam

Exam Section Content Duration
Reading You will be asked to read a number of different texts, such as forum posts, newspaper and magazine articles, commentaries and instructions. You will be required to summarise key information and important details, as well as viewpoints, opinions, and rules. 65 Minutes
Writing You will be asked to express and justify your opinion on a current social theme in a forum post. You will also write a formal message in a professional context. 75 Minutes
Listening You will be asked to listen to interviews, presentations, conversations and everyday remarks, as well as radio broadcasts. You will be required to summarise the main points and key details. ca. 40 Minutes
Speaking You will be asked to deliver a short presentation on a specified theme and discuss it with your conversation partner. You will also be required to exchange arguments with the other person. 10-15 Minutes

Explore the tutorials for Reading, Listening and Writing modules of Goethe B2 exam.

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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