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Old 06.02.2011, 22:58
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Language level

Maybe wrong forum, but hope you can help.

What level (A1, B1...) of German does one need to have to be considered as being competent enough to write reports etc for a job here and is it necessary to have an exam certificate rather than a course attendance certificate?

I recently applied for a job, thought it would be perfect as they specified that they wanted someone able to write reports in English. I've not been successful and the reason they gave was that they were not sure that my written German would be good enough. It turns out that 60% of the reports would be in English, 40 in German. I was a bit surprised as I didn't think that my German was *that* bad. I've taken both a writing and a grammar course at level C1, it was at the uni though, so there was no official exam, just an end of course test (which I passed rather decently). Admittedly, it's probably a bit rusty as I don't write in German at the moment, (other than job applications and emails), but I don't see that it would be a problem as it would quickly pick up with constant use.

I'm trying to work out if it would be worth me trying to find somewhere to do an exam like the ZOP... Thoughts?
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Old 06.02.2011, 23:09
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Re: Language level

I'd say a min. of B2 plus a Weiterbildung or two:



There are some short courses ( 1-2 days about CHF300 ) to learn about the taking down of minutes ( protokoll ) - but the name of the institute escapes me for now.
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