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Goethe Institut Certification Examinations

Do you require evidence of your German language skills that is recognised all over the world? As a licensed examination partner Durham University offers the Goethe- Institut German exam for different levels of ability.

Why should I take the Goethe Exam?

The Goethe-Institut is the world’s largest provider of German courses and a benchmark for German language teaching and testing. Taking the exam is an ideal way to demonstrate your German skills and proficiency and to assess your language level accurately in an independent exam. The Goethe-Institut certificates are widely accepted and respected as proof of language proficiency. 

What German levels are offered at Durham?

The German exams offered correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from the level A1 (beginners) to C1 for advanced learners of German. A description of each level, exam formats and lengths can be found on the official Goethe-Institut website.

Dates, times and fees for the May and June 2022 exams

Registration is now open. Please click link at the bottom of the table to book your place.

Registration deadline: Friday 29 April at 23:59. 

All examinations will take place in-person at Durham University. 

Level

Examination

Date

Time*

Internal
candidates**

External 
candidates

CEFR A1 Reading and writing Thursday
26 May 2022
09:00 - 12:00 £80 £110
Listening and speaking 12:00 - 15:00
CEFR A2 Reading and writing Thursday
26 May 2022
09:00 - 12:00 £90 £120
Listening and speaking 12:00 - 15:00
CEFR B1 Reading and writing Thursday
9 June 2022
09:00 - 12:00 £130 £160
Listening and speaking 12:00 - 16:00
CEFR B2 Reading and writing Thursday
9 June 2022
09:00 - 12:00 £155 £190
Listening and speaking 12:00 - 16:00
CEFR C1 Reading and writing Thursday
9 June 2022
09:00 - 12:00 £180 £215
Listening and speaking 12:00 - 16:00
*Please note that timings are for guidance only. They may differ slightly on the day of the exam taking into consideration, setup time, breaks and preparation time.

**Internal candidates are staff and students of Durham and Newcastle universities. To register at the internal rate, Durham University staff and students will need to register with their Durham email address.
Newcastle University staff and students will need to register with their Newcastle email address and apply the discount code relevant to the level of examination from the following:

NCLGOETHEA1 | NCLGOETHEA2 | NCLGOETHEB1 | NCLGOETHEB2 | NCLGOETHEC1

Register for a Goethe examination now

Please note you will be taken to our booking system which lists all our courses, examinations and events. To view only the Goethe examination listings, please enter Goethe into the search bar in the top right hand corner of the table.

Contacts and further information

Contact for language proficiency queries & exam information:
Mrs. Laura Lewis | Email: laura.h.wichmann@durham.ac.uk

Contact for registering for the exam:
Mr. Mark Critchley | Email: mark.critchley@durham.ac.uk

Link to official Goethe-Institut website