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German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

Hi,
I just learnt that the registration deadlines for registering for the German exams in Switzerland are very often looong before the actual date and exam dates are quickly booked.

It seems that if you register for taking the exam in Austria very often the registration deadline is only a week before the actual date and they seem to let a lot more people take the exams at the same time.

Exam is exam and whether taken in Austria or Switzerland it qualifies for whatever is the reason that you need to take it (C permit for example).

And if you for example go to Dornbirn, it is just across the border, train station is very close by and actually the test is cheaper. So what you spent extra on the train ticket you save on the exam ANd you are a lot more flexibel in regards to dates.

Have a look at www.wifi.at that the location in Dornbirn, Austria.
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

thanks for the link....can't seem to find anything on the site.

I received a letter today that says that for my C permit I need an A2 certificate (at least). I have until February 9th to hand this in. After calling around today, the earliest date I have been able to find was march 8th. According to the Migrationsamt, this is too late. (they will issue me a B and upgrade me to a C when i bring the documents)

Anyone know of any other tests that i can take with a very short lead time and an official certificate. (Start Deutsch 2)
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

Another benefit of taking these exams in either Germany or Austria is that it is often much cheaper. I am doing the Goethe institute C2 French exam and we are going to sit it in Freibourg as it is quite a it cheaper - I don't have the exact figures as it is one of our group who is organising it, but I will ask.
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

Have you tried the Migros Klubschule near you? When I took a class with them the teacher indicated they do testing regularly.
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

@kiwiguy… maybe this…
http://www.goethe.de/ins/de/ort/fre/prf/za2/deindex.htm

but then it could well be that they take a month to send you the certificate (for the higher levels it take them several months if I remember correctly).

If you are anyway way higher than A2… you might be able to convince the Migrationsamt to waive the requirement, especially if you talk to them in person.
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Old 20.01.2014, 18:35
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

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Have you tried the Migros Klubschule near you? When I took a class with them the teacher indicated they do testing regularly.
The DELF/DALF exams (A1-C2) are only offered a few times a year in the bigger cities. I took the B2 last November in Lausanne, but I had to sign up for it in September. The cost in Switzerland is 370 CHF. I do not know what the equivalent test is called in German.

Another woman in my class couldn't make the November date, so she started looking around and ended up taking hers in Annecy, France. Hers was less than half the price!

The tests at Migros Klubschule are not DELF/DALF exams. In the suisse romande, these tests are offered in Lausanne, Geneve, Fribourg and Neuchatel. Not sure about places in the Valais.
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The DELF/DALF exams (A1-C2) are only offered a few times a year in the bigger cities. I took the B2 last November in Lausanne, but I had to sign up for it in September. The cost in Switzerland is 370 CHF. I do not know what the equivalent test is called in German.

Another woman in my class couldn't make the November date, so she started looking around and ended up taking hers in Annecy, France. Hers was less than half the price!

The tests at Migros Klubschule are not DELF/DALF exams. In the suisse romande, these tests are offered in Lausanne, Geneve, Fribourg and Neuchatel. Not sure about places in the Valais.
Oops - the exam I am preparing for is DALF french - and this is what we plan to take in Fribourg, Germany (got cofused with the Goethe Institue exams I did in German - sorry )
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

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The tests at Migros Klubschule are not DELF/DALF exams. In the suisse romande, these tests are offered in Lausanne, Geneve, Fribourg and Neuchatel. Not sure about places in the Valais.
My teacher implied the Migros certificate is good enough for the C permit application. Is that not the case, or is this another thing that varies by canton?
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My teacher implied the Migros certificate is good enough for the C permit application. Is that not the case, or is this another thing that varies by canton?
Don't take my word for it, but there was a topic a while ago mentioning that for an EU person upgrading to a C, a Migros certificate was enough.
You can try with that first, I bet it will work.

Being non-EU (for Switzerland) and planning to apply early due to "good integration" - if that category still exists in a year, seeing how all the integration laws are becoming stricter and stricter - I'll attach my Goethe certificate.
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Hi,
I just learnt that the registration deadlines for registering for the German exams in Switzerland are very often looong before the actual date and exam dates are quickly booked.
I can't comment on whether it's quicker in Austria or Germany, but I don't think the deadline in Switzerland is that long before. Or rather, it depends what you consider a long time. I did A1 and A2 a while ago and if I recall correctly, the cutoff was about 6 weeks before the exam. For me that was reasonable as obviously you should be planning ahead to make sure you're well prepared. I suppose it could be a bit annoying if you are proficient but need to take it at v short notice for a job application etc.

As far as I know, the Goethe Zertifikat exams are available 4 times a year and are set for the year ahead to help you plan. (I'm presuming that these are global dates to avoid the papers being distributed, but am not certain).
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

Any hints on getting an A2 certificate in less than two weeks? Possibly in Zurich? Just got the letter asking for it....
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

In my case, it was made very clear that only the certificate "Start Deutsch II" would be accepted. That proved to be impossible to do because the test only is administered in Swizerland every few months. From my understanding any school you take it it will take it on the same day. You then don't get the results right away. The tests are sent to Germany and you are sent results in 6-8 weeks. (in my case it turned out to be 5 weeks, took the test in March, results came back in late April.)
You can try to go to the immigration office and see if they will make an exemption to this test. If it doesn't work, then I would write them a letter requesting a 2-3 month extension. This was granted to me.

My advice to anybody who is applying for a C permit or is expecting to be invited; take the test well in advance. I think the canton expects this of you even if it is unwritten. There was no stipulation that it had be no older than 3 months so take the test as soon as ready.
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@kiwiguy… maybe this…
http://www.goethe.de/ins/de/ort/fre/prf/za2/deindex.htm

but then it could well be that they take a month to send you the certificate (for the higher levels it take them several months if I remember correctly).

If you are anyway way higher than A2… you might be able to convince the Migrationsamt to waive the requirement, especially if you talk to them in person.
Hi there, I will tell you what I did and managed to get around the certificate requirement and still get my C permit...... I did an online Einstufungstest with Goether (actually loads of places offer these) and printed the results and explained in a letter that, although I didn't have a certificate as such, my level of German exceeded the required A2. This was accepted and I now have my C permit. Good luck!
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

Talking to them in person could be an option but its not a guarantee. Certainly didnt work for me. I couldnt even talk my way into a accepting an alternate test.

The online placement test idea is interesting if it works. That seems so open to fraud that I am frankly surprised they havent caught on to it.

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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

Worth a try though, I would say, if you are short of time. Like I say, I combined mine with a letter as I had to give details about other family members so perhaps a letter politely answering all their requests (mine were numerous) and stating that you are enclosing the results of Einstufungstest in lieu of a certificate from an accredited place like Goethe may work. I think Goethe make you register your details first so may be less susceptible to cheating.
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

Allegra language school in Zurich say that they have an agreement with the Migrationsamt that they can certify you. I took the test with them a couple of weeks ago and it was the proper A2 exam, it's just that they mark it for you instead. I got an appointment within 2 days and got the certificate an hour after finishing. I haven't had a reply from the MA yet (although it is now with SZ MA, as I've moved and have been told it takes 3-5 weeks).
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Re: German certificate A1, A2, B1, etc

I was just wondering, officially Goethe, TELC and öSD, can provide B1 certificate. Out of these three exams which one is easies to take or toughest to avoid...
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