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Exams DSH TestDaF
Name DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) Test DaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache)
Testing board German Universities TestDaF Institute, Hagen (Germany)
Since 1996 2001
Level From B2 to C1 From B2 to C1
Results Scale score from 1 to 3, 3 being the best grade. Apart from the overall grade, each part will also be given an individual grade. Correspondence of DSH levels with the % of correct answers and CEFR levels
  • DSH 1 (≥57%): Level B2.2
  • DSH 2 (≥67%): Level C1.1
  • DSH 3 (≥82%): Level C1.2
The results are assigned to one of three levels, being 5 the highest:
  • TestDaF level 5 (TDN 5)
  • TestDaF level 4 (TDN 4)
  • TestDaF level 3 (TDN 3)
Purpose Test for foreign students wishing to apply to a German-speaking university. It can also be useful for those who need a German certificate for a job qualification. This exam is primarily for entry in German-speaking universities, and every university in Germany recognises it. It’s also useful as a qualification for academic professions.
Price range of examination € 100-150 € 125-175

German Goethe Examination

Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom

Name Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom
Testing board Goethe-Institut
Since 2012. It replaced the previous existing exams:
  • Goethe-Zertifikat: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
Level C2
Validity Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.
Results The exam has 4 modules (reading, writing, listening and speaking) which are graded from 0 to 100. to A minimum score of 60/100 is required to pass each of them.
Scale score:
  • 90-100: Very Good
  • 80-89: Good
  • 70-79: Satisfactory
  • 60-69: Adequate
Purpose This exam entitles foreign students to be admitted to German- speaking universities or other higher education institutions, and it’s recognised as evidence of the skills required to teach German.
Price range € 220-295

Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Name Goethe-Zertifikat C1
Testing board Goethe-Institut
Since 2012. It replaced the previous existing exams:
  • Goethe-Zertifikat: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
Level C1
Validity Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.
Results The exam has 4 modules (reading, writing, listening and speaking) which are graded from 0 to 100. to A minimum score of 60/100 is required to pass each of them.
Scale score:
  • 90-100: Very Good
  • 80-89: Good
  • 70-79: Satisfactory
  • 60-69: Adequate
Purpose Ideal to prepare for studying at a German-speaking university at graduate or postgraduate level and to demonstrate a very advanced knowledge of German for employment prospects.
Price range € 170-250

Goethe-Zertifikat B2

Name Goethe-Zertifikat B2
Testing board Goethe-Institut
Since 2012. It replaced the previous existing exams:
  • Goethe-Zertifikat: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
Level B2
Validity Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.
Results The exam has 4 modules (reading, writing, listening and speaking) which are graded from 0 to 100. to A minimum score of 60/100 is required to pass each of them.
Scale score:
  • 90-100: Very Good
  • 80-89: Good
  • 70-79: Satisfactory
  • 60-69: Adequate
Purpose Ideal to prepare for studying at a German-speaking university at graduate or postgraduate level and to demonstrate a very advanced knowledge of German for employment prospects.
Price range € 170-250

Goethe-Zertifikat B1

Name Goethe-Zertifikat B1
Testing board Goethe-Institut
Since 2012. It replaced the previous existing exams:
  • Goethe-Zertifikat: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
Level B1
Validity Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.
Results The exam has 4 modules (reading, writing, listening and speaking) which are graded from 0 to 100. to A minimum score of 60/100 is required to pass each of them.
Scale score:
  • 90-100: Very Good
  • 80-89: Good
  • 70-79: Satisfactory
  • 60-69: Adequate
Purpose Ideal to prepare for studying at a German-speaking university at graduate or postgraduate level and to demonstrate a very advanced knowledge of German for employment prospects.
Price range € 170-250

Goethe-Zertifikat A2

Name Goethe-Zertifikat A2
Testing board Goethe-Institut
Since 2012. It replaced the previous existing exams:
  • Goethe-Zertifikat: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
Level A2
Validity Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.
Results The exam has 4 modules (reading, writing, listening and speaking) which are graded from 0 to 100. to A minimum score of 60/100 is required to pass each of them.
Scale score:
  • 90-100: Very Good
  • 80-89: Good
  • 70-79: Satisfactory
  • 60-69: Adequate
Purpose This exam entitles foreign students to be admitted to German- speaking universities or other higher education institutions, and it’s recognised as evidence of the skills required to teach German.
Price range € 220-295

German Goethe Examination

Goethe-Zertifikat A1

Name Goethe-Zertifikat A1
Testing board Goethe-Institut
Since 2012. It replaced the previous existing exams:
  • Goethe-Zertifikat: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
Level A1
Validity Lifelong. This certificate does not have an expiry date.
Results The exam has 4 modules (reading, writing, listening and speaking) which are graded from 0 to 100. to A minimum score of 60/100 is required to pass each of them.
Scale score:
  • 90-100: Very Good
  • 80-89: Good
  • 70-79: Satisfactory
  • 60-69: Adequate
Purpose This exam entitles foreign students to be admitted to German- speaking universities or other higher education institutions, and it’s recognised as evidence of the skills required to teach German.
Price range € 220-295
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