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Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

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Today I got a letter from the Migrationsamt, asking for a certificate proving that I have A2 Deutsch proficiency. I’ve been in Switzerland several years, and have done German courses in the past, but I never got around to doing a certification exam.

German speakers have told me that my German proficiency is around A2-B1, so I guess the next step is to try a certification exam. Alas most of the language schools I have researched, require that I register and participate in dozens of lessons, before I’m allowed to do a certification, and I don’t really have time for that. Other places such as telc or Goethe seem to require one month’s notice before doing the exam. Yes I know it’s an own goal - I should have done this years ago

Are there any companies that do certification exams on the spot, or within a couple of days? I’m also quite happy doing an A1 exam, as a prerequisite for A2. I’m even quite happy doing it in Germany if need be.

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Re: Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

i believe Alamania in Zurich does this
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Re: Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

Check with AKAD:

http://www.seminare.ch/info/rubrik.a...id=1458&view=s

http://www.seminare.ch/weiterbildung...asp?pid=4954.0

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AOZ Oerlikon also does it:

AOZ
Secretariat Tramont

Robert Maillart-Strasse 14
8050 Zurich

Tel. 043 288 34 50 Fax 043 288 34 01

Ask for Ms. Christine Rinaldi for the registration forms for the TELC prüfung. Next B1 test is in mid February, 2012 at AOZ Xypressenstrasse, Zürich.

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Re: Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

Do they require this for the C-Permit now?

I just got my Certificate "START DEUTCH 1" yesterday.
This was the Level A1 exam and I got 95 out of 100.
Am quite chuffed with that.Had to do 60 days of intensive German
classes to get this.Monday to Friday 3.5 hours a day.

It takes another 60 days of the same to get the level A2 certificate.
I would say that it will be difficult to get the certificate without the classes as they prepare you for the exam in the classes.You need to know
what they will test you on.
Also the exam takes the whole afternoon and consists of Hearing,Speaking and Writing.There are some group discussions involved as well
with two examiners present.Gramar is important.Then it takes about a month to get the results.

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Re: Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

I agree. When I did the B1 test in end July, I saw a few external students ( self study, and those who for various reasons quit from their previous schools ).

Most did pretty badly as the Oral section of the test requires a partner to practice on. Other sections like Sprachbausteine carry far less weight and can be self learnt to some extent. The critical portions are the Mündliche and Schriftliche sections, as failure in these sections mean automatic failure at B1 and you will instead be awarded an A2 even though you might be good at other sections.

For me, in Canton Zürich it is B1 level for integration to obtain a C permit ( A2 certificate + one year or more in work and social life is also acceptable )

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I was surprised how many people from my class did not achieve B1 (which means they received A2) and are now retaking the B1 courses.
A very useful thread on our sister site TT:

http://www.toytowngermany.com/lofi/i...p/t207563.html

See my earlier post for tackling the exam:

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Re: Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

Thanks people, I'll check out those websites.

For me (with just a New Zealand passport), the Migrationsamt want A2 certification. To quote from their letter:

· Zertifikat 'START DEUTSCH 2', das Ihnen bescheinigt, die deutsche Sprache in Niveau A2 (schriftlich und mündlich) des Europäischen Sprachenportfolios zu beherrschen. Sollten Sie über ein Zertifikat verfügen, das Ihnen ein höheres Sprachniveau attestiert, haben Sie dieses einzureichen.


They also set a deadline of December to front up with the paperwork, which is why I was asking if there were any language schools which will let me do the exam today...

I guess the fallback situation is that a) I continue with a B permit for another year, and b) aim to get the A2 certification over the course of the next year.

I might also try to get my company's HR department onto the case. I work for a big company, and hopefully HR must have encountered this situation before...
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Thanks people, I'll check out those websites.

For me (with just a New Zealand passport), the Migrationsamt want A2 certification. To quote from their letter:

· Zertifikat 'START DEUTSCH 2', das Ihnen bescheinigt, die deutsche Sprache in Niveau A2 (schriftlich und mündlich) des Europäischen Sprachenportfolios zu beherrschen. Sollten Sie über ein Zertifikat verfügen, das Ihnen ein höheres Sprachniveau attestiert, haben Sie dieses einzureichen.


They also set a deadline of December to front up with the paperwork, which is why I was asking if there were any language schools which will let me do the exam today...

I guess the fallback situation is that a) I continue with a B permit for another year, and b) aim to get the A2 certification over the course of the next year.

I might also try to get my company's HR department onto the case. I work for a big company, and hopefully HR must have encountered this situation before...
Hi,

I've just received the same letter from the Zurich migration officials, after applying for a C permit (been on B for 11 years). As I'm in similar situation as you, I'm very interested how are you getting on with the task. I'm speaking OK German, according to my colleagues, using it every day at work, but never had an official test. What should I expect?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

Sorry to hog this post, but does anyone know the difference between Start Deutsch and Fit Deutsch?

Haven't found a clear explanation

Thanks
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Sorry to hog this post, but does anyone know the difference between Start Deutsch and Fit Deutsch?

Haven't found a clear explanation

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As per goethe site
http://www.goethe.de

Fit is for young people > 10 years
Standard is for people > 16 years
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Re: Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

Did anyone find a place to do walk-in German examination??

Any update
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Re: Language schools that do "walk-in" certification exams?

Try Allegra in Zürich. Löwenstrasse. It is by Bahnhofstrasse. I go there currently and I am sure that in my examinations I have seen people who I never saw before... I can ask on Monday if you would like.
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