German Goethe Institut
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.
We are an examination centre for Goethe-Institut qualifications awarded and recognised worldwide. These qualifications are in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. We run language courses that can help you prepare for these examinations.
Note that the A1 Start Deutsch 1 qualification is compulsory for proving the language ability related to spouse immigration (Ehegattennachzug).
Owing to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all examinations for June are cancelled, in line with ongoing Government and Cardiff University policy.
Exam fees vary depending on whether you are an internal or external candidate. Internal candidates are students currently enrolled on a German course in the School.
|Level||Internal candidate fees||External candidate fees||Preparation Courses|
|A1 Goethe-Zertifikat Start Deutsch 1||£75||£100||Beginner/Improvers Stages A-B|
|A2 Goethe-Zertifikat||£80||£110||Improvers/Intermediate Stage B-C|
|B1 Goethe-Zertifikat||£115||£145||Advanced Stages D-E|
|B2 Goethe-Zertifikat||£140||£175||Advanced Stages F-G|
|C1 Goethe-Zertifikat||£160||£195||Advanced Stages F-G|
Examinations take place in June each year, with registration during March and April. In 2020, exams at level A1, A2 and B1 take place on Saturday 27 June. Exams for B2 and C1 take place on Friday 26 June.
Past exam papers are available from the Goethe-Institut.
Goethe-Institut examinations are well known throughout the world and the associated certificates are accepted as a qualification by employers and further education institutions in many countries. 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 advanced level.
To register for the exam please complete and return the registration form. Upon successful registration you will receive a confirmation of enrolment. Closer to the examination date you will receive a statement of entry confirming the exam date and time.