German Exam Preparation Courses

Prepare for the German exam TELC, TestDaF and Goethe Zertifikat

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German Exam Preparation Courses

As an official language in six European countries, German is the European Union's most widely spoken tongue. Our German courses will enable you to master this fascinating language.



97% Success rate

As a result of our effective teaching methods, our language schools boast an average exam success rate of 97%


Small classes

Small class sizes – limited to a maximum fourteen students or eight for mini-groups


Qualified teachers

Teachers use recognized DaF (German as a Foreign Language) methods, as well as current affairs and media to provide engaging and dynamic classes


Pre-arrival testing

Pre-arrival online language placement test allows us to place you in the right level so you can make maximum progress

German levels and exams

The levels of German proficiency are commonly defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which provides a structured way to describe and measure language ability. The CEFR divides language proficiency into six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. Here's a brief overview of each level and what learners can typically do at each stage:

A1 - Beginner

  - At this level, learners have very basic knowledge of the language.
  - Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very simple sentences.
  - Can introduce themselves and others, ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know, and things they have.
  - Can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Exam: Start Deutsch 1 (SD1) from the Goethe-Institut.


A2 - Elementary

  - Learners at this level have a bit more vocabulary and understanding.
  - Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g., basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  - Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  - Can describe, in simple terms, aspects of their background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.

Exam: Start Deutsch 2 (SD2) from the Goethe-Institut.


B1 - Intermediate

  - At this level, learners can start to handle more complex language tasks.
  - Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  - Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  - Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  - Can describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Exam: Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD) from the Goethe-Institut.

Exam: TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache).

B2 - Upper Intermediate

  - Learners at this level have a good command of the language.
  - Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
  - Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  - Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Exam: Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf (ZDfB) from the Goethe-Institut.

Exam: TestDaF.


C1 - Advanced

  - Learners at this level have advanced proficiency.
  - Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  - Can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  - Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes.
  - Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.

Exam: TestDaF.

Exam: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) from the Goethe-Institut.


C2 - Proficient

  - This is the highest level of language proficiency.
  - Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  - Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  - Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently, and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Exam: TestDaF.

Exam: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) from the Goethe-Institut.


As a learner progresses through these levels, they typically need more exposure to authentic materials, more varied practice, and perhaps formal instruction to continue advancing. Language learning tools, such as textbooks, online courses, language exchange partners, immersive experiences, and formal instruction, can all be helpful at different stages of the learning journey.

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Prepare your Exam

What are the commonly taken German language proficiency exams?

Common German proficiency exams include the Goethe-Zertifikat series, TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache), and the Telc Deutsch exams.

These exams are recognized by German official institutions, with certificates that have a strong reputation in academic and professional contexts.

How can I effectively prepare for German language exams?

Effective preparation involves a combination of regular practice, exposure to authentic German materials, focused study of grammar and vocabulary, and taking practice exams to familiarize yourself with the test format.

At Alpadia we offer a modern and effective teaching method delivered by qualified teachers, with well-planned and motivating lessons adapted to all language levels and designed to allow for maximum interaction between the teacher and students. With an extraordinary success rate of 97%

Can I prepare for German exams abroad?

Absolutely! Our language schools in Berlin and Freiburg, situated in Germany, offer immersive programs meticulously designed to improve language skills and meticulously prepare students for proficiency exams with an outstanding 97% success rate. This tailored approach provides an excellent opportunity to practice in a real-life setting, ensuring comprehensive readiness for success.

How long does it typically take to prepare for a German proficiency exam?

The duration varies depending on your current proficiency level and the exam you're preparing for. Generally, a few months of consistent and focused study are recommended.

Alpadia offers German exam preparation courses with durations ranging from 4 to 16 weeks. The courses cover levels from A1 to C1, focusing on practical language skills. Exam preparation includes Goethe-Zertifikat, TELC Deutsch and TestDaF.

The Exam Preparation Courses are typically organized four weeks prior to exam dates.

What levels do Alpadia's exam preparation courses cover?

Exam preparation course for GOETHE B2 & C1 & TELC B1, B2 & C1, TestDaF

What is the deadline to enrol to an exam preparation course or to sign up for an exam?

The deadline to enroll in an exam preparation course or to sign up for an exam at Alpadia depends on the type of exam you are interested in. Here are the details:

For GOETHE ZERTIFIKAT Exams at Alpadia Berlin:
- The exams are organized at the regional examination center.
- The registration deadline is available in our website. Please refer to this website for specific dates.

For TELC Deutsch & TestDaF Exams at Alpadia Berlin
- These exams are organized at the Alpadia Berlin school.
- The registration deadline is a minimum of 1 month in advance of the exam date. Please refer to our website for specific dates.

For TELC Exams at Alpadia Freiburg:
- These exams are organized at the Alpadia Freiburg school.
- The registration deadline is available on our website. Please refer to this website for specific dates.

For more information please contact us!

What exams courses are offered in the Berlin school?

Exam courses offered at Alpadia Berlin: GOETHE B2 & C1 & TELC B1, B2 & C1, TestDaF

Course Details:
- Course Starting Dates: 08.01 / 05.02 / 04.03 / 02.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2024
- Lessons per Week (lpw): 30 lpw
- Duration: 4 weeks
- Available 4-5 weeks before the exam dates.

Exam Information:
- Exam Type: GOETHE ZERTIFIKAT - Organized at the regional examination center.
- Exam Type: TELC Deutsch & TestDaF - Organized at Alpadia Berlin school.
- Registration Deadline: Minimum 4 weeks in advance.

Levels, dates & fees: Contact us 

What exams courses are offered in the Freiburg school?

Exam courses offered at Alpadia Freiburg: TELC B1, B2 & C1

Course Details:
- Course Starting Dates: 15.01 / 19.02 / 18.03 / 15.04 / 21.05 / 17.06 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 14.10 / 18.11.2024
- Lessons per Week (lpw): 30 lpw
- Duration: 4 weeks
- Available 4 weeks prior to the exam dates.

Exam Information:
- Exam Type: TELC Deutsch - Organised at Alpadia Freiburg.
- Levels, dates & fees: Contact us 


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