The Goethe-Institute offers German examinations which correspond to all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). One of the most important German language certificates is the Goethe-Zertifikat B1. It confirms that one has an independent grasp of the German language in everyday conversations and situations. It corresponds to the third level (B1) of the CEFR. The test is recognized as an entrance exam for conservatories and as proof of German language skills in the workplace. Therefore, it offers advantages in the job search. The Goethe-Zertifikat A1 and all higher Goethe certificates (A2 to C2) are recognized as proof of language ability in the new Immigration Act of July 2007 (and for reunification of spouses in the visa process).
The language tests of the telc GmbH are aimed at both pupils and adults who want to improve their German language skills with respect to their everday life or their professional life. The telc certificates (The European Language Certificates) correspond to the levels of the CEFR. If someone wants to apply for a German passport, the necessary language skills can be proved with a telc certificate. In addition, the Federal Foreign Office recognizes telc certificates as proof in the visa process for the reunification of spouses. The telc certificates are also recognized abroad as proof of German language proficiency in government agencies, universities and companies.
The AP German Language and Culture Exam