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copy of A1 - 11.01.2020

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Deadline: 29.12.2019

When ordering this examination, please complete the registration form under the Appendices section and send it by email with a copy of your passport to goethe@vhs-st.de.

Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 is a German examination for adults. It confirms basic language skills and corresponds to the first level (A1) on the six-level competence scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

By passing this exam, you demonstrate that you ...

  • can communicate in a simple way when your discussion partner speaks slowly and clearly.
  • can understand and use familiar, common and frequently used expressions and simple phrases (e.g. Information about yourself and your family, shopping, work, and the surrounding area).
  • can introduce yourself and others and ask other people questions about themselves - e.g. where they live, what kind of people they know and what kind of things they own.
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Not so difficult: the exam components

Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 consists of the exam components for reading, listening, writing and speaking (oral group examination).
The test is conducted and assessed worldwide according to one standard.

TestContentTime in min.
Writing exam Reading
You read texts such as sticky notes, classified advertisements, signs or notices and perform tasks related to these.
You can fill out simple forms and write a short personal text about an everyday situation.
You can listen to short everyday calls, telephone messages or public address announcements and act accordingly.
Oral exam You introduce yourself to the group. You then ask and answer questions related to everyday life and ask someone from the group something. 20


Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 is a German examination for adults.

The Goethe-Institut examinations are available to anyone who is interested, and can be taken regardless of age and possession of German citizenship.

  • For Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1, an age of 16 years old and above is recommended.
  • Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 requires the first level of language skills (A1) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • To achieve this level, you need 80 to 200 45-minute lessons, depending on previous knowledge and learning requirements.
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