How good is your German? Do you want to check your level?
I’ve got good news to tell you. Take one of the German proficiency tests like Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch, TestDaF, DSH, TELC, ÖSD, and OSD to find your results.
You’ve heard all the possible reasons to learn German.
While there are many perks, the career prospects in German attract students from far and wide.
The ability to speak German offers many incentives that will last a lifetime.
German is the second most popular foreign language among language enthusiasts.
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What is the German Proficiency Test?
The German proficiency test is an international standardized test that assesses German proficiency whose native language is not German.
Whether you are experienced or just starting to learn, you can prove your German skills by taking a language proficiency test. This includes Zertifikat Deutsch, TestDaF, DSH, TELC, ÖSD, and ÖIF.
Benefits of the German Ability Test
Apart from the fact that they can be adequate proof of knowledge in the German language, they can also help satisfy both employees’ and employers’ demands.
These exams are essential for business organizations and government establishments to know more about prospective employees’ language skills and personalities.
They can be used as proof of competence for job applications and studies in German-speaking countries.
Do you want to pursue your studies in German-speaking countries?
These certifications are then recognized and accepted by most universities and institutions for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
There are a few more benefits, such as traveling to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and German-speaking central Europe.
It can boost your confidence and of course, confirmation of your German proficiency level.
Types of German Language Exams
There are many language proficiency tests for German.
Are you wondering which exam to take? And what are the differences?
Take the German test that suits your requirements and better regarding testing centers, dates, and prices.
Once the test is given, the organization will provide a certificate of language proficiency that can be used in various situations.
Here are the types of widely recognized German proficiency exams and certifications you can earn.
1. Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD)
Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD) is the German proficiency test that will ascertain your competency in speaking German (Deutsch).
The Federal government of Germany highly supports the Zertifikat exam. It is designed according to the set-out guidelines of the CEFR.
The test is performed in levels ranging from A1, which is for beginners, to C2, for advanced German speakers.
After passing the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) test, you will be eligible to study at a German university or institution of higher education. It is also accepted as official evidence of the language skills required to teach German in Germany.
The Goethe-Institut or Max Mueller Bhavan in India conducts the Zertifikat Deutsch exam at SIX centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Pune.
Goethe-Zertifikat also conducts the Zertifikat test at Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, and Trivandrum in partnership with Goethe-Institut.
The exam is held 5 to 6 times a year, and the exam fee will depend on the level you decide to take.
Generally, it is between Rs 6,000 to 11,000.
The Goethe-Zertifikat A1 and A2: Fit in Deutsch 1. Fit in Deutsch 1 and 2 are two international German exams for school-going children. The young German learners are for 10 -16 years have reached the level of A1 or A2 of the CEFR.
The course content is relevant to intercultural language teaching and focuses on themes of interest to young people.
The Fit in Deutsch is more manageable and below the Start Deutsch, which is meant for someone 16 years or over.
Goethe-Test PRO is another test designed for professionals.
The computer-based online German test evaluates listening and reading competence quickly and reliably in the workplace.
The test results and a report on your language proficiency level are available immediately after you have completed the test.
2. TestDaF Exam
If you’re planning to study in any German University where the medium of communication and instruction is not English. In that case, you will have to pass one of the two German fluency exams, i.e., TestDAF or DSH.
All German universities and institutions of higher education recognize the TestDaF and DSH certificates.
Students taking admission for courses taught in English are not required to take these exams.
For most degree programs, adequate German knowledge is expected to be admitted to the Universities in Germany.
It also provides evidence of your German proficiency test to research institutes and employers.
TestDaF stands for Test Deutsch ALS Fremdsprache, i.e., Test of German as a Foreign Language.
It is an internationally recognized advanced-level German proficiency test and spans levels B2.2. To C1.2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Languages).
The certificates you will obtain from TestDaF are valid indefinitely.
Plus, You can reappear for the examination as often as you wish if you are not satisfied with your score.
TestDaF evaluates your German language skills at three levels: TDN 3, 4, and 5, equivalent to B2.1, B2.2, C1.1, and C1.2 of the Goethe-Zertifikat.
The TestDaF assesses the four language skills separately (Listening, Reading Comprehension, Written Production, and Oral Production).
Your proficiency level will be certified into four different results, giving you a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses in each skill.
It is currently being offered six times a year in around 450 test centers in 90 countries worldwide.
Goethe-Institut conducts the TestDaF exam in India with five test centers across Bangalore, New Delhi, Pune, Coimbatore, and Chennai.
The examination fee for 2023 is 100 euros or roughly Rs. 8500 in India.
After successfully passing the test, you will receive a certificate with your results five to six weeks after the examination.
3. DSH Exam
Another German proficiency test is called the “DSH” (German Language University Entrance Examination for Foreign Applicants).
Unlike the other German ability exam – TestDAF, DSH is not standardized and varies from University to University conducting it.
However, The DSH examination pattern is more or less similar to TestDaF.
There are three levels, namely DSH 1 (57% and more is equivalent to B2.2), DSH 2 (67% and more is equivalent to C1.1), and DSH 3 (82% and more is equal to Level C1.2).
The DSH is given at German universities, which means you can only take it in Germany.
4. TELC GmbH – The European Language Certificates
TELC, which stands for The European Language Certification, partners with Germany’s Federal Government to test your German skills (Deutsch).
The TELC GmbH – Foreign language tests are available in 11 European languages with over 80 different certificates.
The TELC also allows you to choose which area of the exam you wish to be tested.
For example, a general language, tests for migrants, business tests for various professions, vocational exams, and other customized content.
The test is done according to the set-out guidelines of the CEFR.
TELC exams can be taken in over 3,000 examination centers in 28 countries. However, most of the centers are in Europe.
In India, there is only one center in Bangalore.
5. ÖSD – German Language Certificate Austria
The Austrian German Language Diploma (OSD – Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch) is a German examination approved by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Education, Science, and Cultural Affairs.
It assesses German as a foreign and as a second language.
The ÖSD exams are recognized all over Austria for different purposes.
It is also accepted as proof of German knowledge in several universities in Germany, Switzerland, and South Tyrol (Italy).
The examination is aligned with the level descriptions of the CEFR. It is equivalent to Goethe Institut Zertifikat Deutsch and TELC exams.
There are more than 200 test centers in Austria and roughly 200 centers in other countries.
In India, there are two OSD centers in Chandigarh and Bangalore.
6. ÖIF – Austrian Integration Fund
There is another German proficiency test called ÖIF (Österreichische Integrationsfonds).
It handles German tests for different skill levels across Austria. In addition, it evaluates immigrants whose linguistic ability in German has not yet reached the A2 level.
Established in 1960, The ÖIF is a partner of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, and many responsible authorities on migration and integration in Austria.
The Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) refunds up to 50% of the German course fees on successfully completing the A2/A3 test.
Hi, can I take the ECL exam instead of Goethe-Zertifikat for my B1 Certificate? Also, my Master’s course is in the German Language, will the B1 level be enough for that? Thanks!
You can take, but it is not as acceptable and recognized as Goethe’s ones. If master in German, you need a minimum B2, and for master in any other stream, C2.
Is it possible In India Telc exam?
Yes, if there is any test center. Sadly, there isn’t much as of today.
Yes, if there is any test center. Sadly, there isn’t much as of today.
Sir, I am presently pursuing M.Tech in India. After completing my MTech, Can I join Ph.D. in german university? Then what is the level of German language proficiency test?
That depends on the program and university. If they teach the course in German, then C2. Otherwise, it can be anything between A2 to B2 or even totally optional.
Sir, I want to ask you if for a family reunion visa, what is the validity of Geothe certificate a1?
Goethe certificate is valid for life regardless of the purpose.
Is telc exams are valid in every german institutes.
Not really. You have to check with the concerned institutes.
Hello, I wanted to give the telc C1 exam in India, preferably in New Delhi, where can I book the exam?
The last time I checked, there was no Telc test center in Delhi.
I am curious to know whether you have attained any degree in these languages or you are an English native. What are the job prospects for degree holders of, let’s say, French or German in India?
Yes, I have done many language courses. No, I am not an English native. I have written several articles covering French and German job opportunities in India.
How can I take admission in max Mueller? Please suggest me.
Admission is based on first-come, first-served. Check the upcoming batch and registration dates, and then enroll accordingly.
Hello sir as I asked you, I want to learn German, Arabic, Spanish and I am doing a M.A. in English literature. And I am also learning A2 in German. Sir, I want to make my career in these languages and I want to make more money. Can I make a better career? Kindly guide me, sir.
Yes, you can make a career out of foreign languages. But rather than focusing on the number of languages, concentrate more on quality and aim to get higher levels like B2/C1. Once you achieve, you consider the next one.
Up to which level is needed for basic communication there?
A2 or elementary level.
Could you please help me in differentiating between the two exams i.e. Goethe and Telc. Which one is better in terms of planning a career as a translator in any Part of the world.
Goethe is better. Also, there aren’t enough options in India to take Telc.
I have a C1 in german and im a german language expert in Microsoft. What is the possiblity of getting a german degree in bangalore location?
You can try Bengaluru University for MA in German. Despite admission being through the entrance exam, given your background and skills, you can pass it.
Sir, i started from a1 level and will study up to c2 and I need a job in India relating to German. do i need to give goethe exam ??
It would be beneficial in your career if you take.
Hi Vikash, I am planning for my M.S from Germany by 2022. I am willing to know how much time will it take for the completion till B2 Level, If I start from March 2021.
It depends on your learning approach, but, typically, it takes 2 years to complete B2 from scratch.
Hello, I have started learning Deutsch from Telc institute in Kerala. And I am looking for a Job in Germany or Swiss. Do I need to pass the exam, or I can directly enter into a job with experiencing the language? Also, Sir please advise where I can search for jobs in Germany or nearby countries. Thank you in advance.
You can take one of the official tests like Goethe-Zertifikat to add more value to your C.V. However, knowledge of German alone is not enough to get a job since most people already speak German there. You need in-demand academic qualifications, relevant experience, and a valid work visa. It would be better to contact any overseas job consultant. Alternatively, you can consider studying there and then obtain a post-study visa which entitles you to look for a job there.
Which minimum level would you suggest for pursuing higher education in Germany?
At least B1 level.
Hi guys, I want to learn German super intensively just in 6 months. Please contact my classes are available online.
Hello sir I want to learn German for free.
Try free online study materials.
I want to do a bachelor’s in Germany next year i.e. 2021. So, till which level do I have to complete the language study so that I can get admission for Studienkolleg in Germany. And how do I apply Studienkolleg entrance exam without knowing the German language? And is it possible for me to go to Germany and learn a language with the studenkollege exam preparation? How much time does it take for Studienkolleg just after 12 class? Can we just go there and learn language and crack the exam.
How much time does it take for the A1-B1 level in India? I have seen some students that they learned the language for 8 months and then went to Germany and gave the entrance exam and passed in the second attempt and did Studienkolleg for 2 yrs and then applied for a bachelor’s degree in universities. So, do we have the same procedure or any different or can I directly go to German on a student visa and learn the language and clear entrance i.e. Studienkolleg.
For the questions related to Studienkolleg, you have to consult any overseas study consultant that deals with Germany. This is not what I do. Usually, it takes 18 months to cover from A1 to B1, but it is also achievable in 12 months provided that you study really hard.
If in College your studies are going to BE in German, you have to learn at least B1 or B2 is good. It’s possible to come to Germany and learn German. You need to take admission to the language school. You need to show enough amount in Your account, need to have an admission letter from the school, Proof of accommodation, e.t.c.
I want to learn the German language and built a career through it. Could you suggest whether I should do a diploma in the language or go for proficiency tests? Which is largely accepted for jobs in companies or as a translator?
A diploma is usually offered by Universities, whereas Private institutes prepare you for various German tests. Both have their own pros and cons. Even if you study at any College, you can still take one of the German exams conducted by the Embassy. Between two, German proficiency tests are more popular and accepted worldwide. So, you should appear for that, regardless of where and how you study.
You need to learn the language and have to pass exams from a certified Institut. Then, you can apply for “Ausbildung” in Germany and can work and study together.
I need to clear the B2 level in German for getting admission to MS and a job as a doctor. So, please can you tell me that TELC B2 level is enough for that? And where we can study the German language in India to reach B2?
There aren’t many test centers for TELC in India. Instead, aim for Zertifikat Deutsch B2. There are over 100+ options for learning German in India. Max Mueller Bhavan / Goethe-Zentrum run German courses in 13 cities. But do remember that it will take a good amount of time to achieve B2.
I am about to attend an interview for a bpo company, and I have been informed that I need to clear the German language proficiency test for speaking. Can you please assist me as to where I can get practice materials?
It depends on the level they require. For example, you can pass Zertifikat Deutsch A1 in 3 months, but B2 will take roughly 2 years, or possibly more. While there are plenty of free resources on the internet, but it is better to take help from a German teacher or join any language school.
I am currently working as a kindergarten teacher. I want to change my career. At the age of 39, can I get a job as a translator or interpretation job after completion of proficiency level C1, as you suggested to one of the questions above?
Yes. Age is not considered as an obstacle or a stumbling block when it comes to language careers.
Which is the first exam I should take as a German learner and where I can apply for the exam? Please suggest.
You can take Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1. It is a beginner’s level. As you progress, you can appear for A2, B1, and so on. The exam is conducted by Goethe-Institut in various cities.
Can I appear for B2 directly? Thanks in advance.
I am marrying a guy based in Germany with German citizenship. As a spouse, do I also need to learn German? If yes, then which test suits more?
You can learn German to make your life more comfortable in Germany. You may or may not need to appear for any German test. If there is any specific requirement later, you can take it.
Hello, I wanted to pursue my bachelor’s degree in the upcoming winter semester. For that, I’m supposed to acquire an A2 certificate. Can you tell me which exam should be best for me and I would be really glad if you could help me?
You can take the Zertifikat Deutsch test conducted by Goethe-Institut. Before that, you need to join any learning center to study German.
Please suggest online platforms to learn for and to tackle DSH or TestDaF.
I didn’t check the online resources. Maybe in a month or two, I will cover all through a new article.
Hi. Any updates on this? Need online platforms to study German?
I haven’t had the time to check. You can try some of the available options. I will write after verifying all, but not sure when.
Hi Sir, what level of the language should I pass through to get the language proficiency certificate for my MS in Germany?
If you are taking courses taught in English, then you don’t need to appear for German certification to study MS in Germany. The ability to speak German, however, will help you settle down faster in Germany.
My sister has just started learning German and she has taken a liking to the language & wants to make a career out in it. Can you guide which certification will be beneficial for her if she wants to pursue it further?
Goethe Zertifikat Deutsch, and She can aim for B2.
Hi sir, I am searching for German A1 and A2 certificates for applying for a master’s education in Germany. In Goethe, there is vacant to slot booking? If any other, please tell me.
Goethe-Institut is the only authorized test center in India to conduct the Zertifikat Deutsch exam. You have to contact your nearest Goethe center for dates and available slots. You can check the test dates for external students from Jan-June 2020 on their website.
I have completed till B2.1 and looking for Distance Advanced German Course. Please suggest me the universities offering the courses.
I’m not aware of any Universities offering Advanced German program in the distance mode.
Which German exam is good because there is a variety of German language tests?
That depends on your objectives. Goethe Zertifikat Deutsch and TestDaF Exam are the two most popular ones.
Where I can find the TELC exam dates for the B2 level in Bangalore. I could only see the center name, and the contact provided on the website is unreachable. I couldn’t find any registration links. Please help.
You can contact BINOCULUS – Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions Private Ltd, 123, Industrial Layout – Hosur Road, Koramangala at Bangalore. Tel: 080 61013214, Email: Jeyanthi.Srinivasan[at]in.bosch.com. This is the only test center in India as per the official TELC website.
When I tried to contact them, they are not picking up the call or replying to my emails.
No idea. Maybe if it is possible, you can visit the center.
Sir, I have completed the B2 level in the German language from Max Mueller. Can I apply for an MA in German from JNU?
If you have completed your graduation, you can apply for the JNU entrance test next year.
Sir, I am pursuing a BA (Hons) German. I want a job or if an internship in the Indian embassy? Suggest me your opinion.
While getting a job in the Indian embassy is challenging, you can undoubtedly explore possibilities in BPO or MNC industry after completing a BA in German. There are limited internship opportunities.
After completion of the B2 level of German. Can I teach A1 level German?
Hello Sir, I need to get my Goethe B2 by 15th January. Even after trying a lot, I failed to register myself for the November exam. Now there is an exam on 19th December. Will I get my result before 15th January?
The results are typically declared after 20-25 days from the date of the examination. So, getting the result by 15th January is realistic. But there is also 8 days’ holiday for Christmas and New year. So, difficult to say. You can apply and contact the Goethe center for the same.
Sir, I am going to write A1 exam in Goethe. My question is if there will be A1 exam dates in December 2019 or January 2020?
For that, you need to contact Goethe Institut. Usually, they conduct the exam almost every month.
Sir, I heard online exam registration in Goethe is very tough so can we fill offline form easily. And when we can register for the exam and when will we give the exam and after how many days result will come. Is all 6 certificate that you have mentioned above have the same value in terms of getting a job in India.
You can check the Goethe test schedule (ZD). Results are usually published after two weeks from the date of the examination.
No, these 6 are levels, ranging from beginners level (A1) to proficient (C2). You can clear one-by-one, and aim for C1 (5th level) to get a high paying job.
Sir can you please suggest me any private institute in Mumbai for learning German or French. And also sir is it good to learn from any private institute?
Alliance Française – French, and Goethe-Institut – German.
Hi Vikash, I have plans to pursue a job opportunity in German and hence learning German from a private institute. I have completed A2 level studies and since we are not having exams right now I am moving ahead for C1 for which I will give my exams by April ’20. I wanted to know should I continue to study at a private institute or only from Geothe. While applying for Visa, Can I at least present a course attendance certificate from Goethe which will have more value than from a private institute? Can a course completion certificate add up to my chances to secure a blue card Visa?
Goethe is, undoubtedly, the best German institute, but if teaching quality at any other center is also good enough, you can continue with them. I won’t suggest directly giving C1. Start with A2/B1, depending upon your current proficiency level. For a blue card visa, it would be better to check the latest update on their official website or consult any overseas job consultant.