Goethe C1 exam
I was wondering whether you have any experience with the Goethe C1 and how reliable do you think it is to predict your true language abilities ?
I passed the exam 10 days ago but when I come to think about it, I don't believe it really is a well-structured and reliable exam. For example, before the speaking part begins, you have 15 minutes to prepare for the actual topic. In real life, you have to just answer, you don't have that much time to think and gather up your thoughts. The listening part I see as completely ridiculous. I got 21.5 out of 25 points and although that is really high score, there are times when I am listening to native speakers talking to each other and there is no way in hell I even can understand the topic of their discussion, let alone details. It is like I am listening to Swedish or Dutch. In contrast, during the exam the pronunciation was extremely clear, with absolutely no background noise, they spoke rather slow. In addition, we could hear the same text once and then once again and they even told us which portion of the text (from the beginning to the 45 second for example, belongs to which questions ( 1-3, for example).
That is why I find it highly unreliable. The writing and Reading are somewhat better but still easy. For the writing part they give you 1-2 graphs and as soon as you just summerize tha graph without producing any piece of information of your own you are certain to pass.