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Goethe C1 exam

Hey guys,

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.
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Re: Goethe C1 exam

that's the problem with most language tests: a high score only shows you have good knowledge about the language but not your practical skills in using the language in daily communication. But with more knowledge (and reasonable practice), you are more likely to use the language well. That's how I look at it.
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Schools have pass rate statistics to maintain
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Re: Goethe C1 exam

I agree. Although it can give a good indication as to overall knowledge, it doesn't necessary show how you can deal with every day situations. I am studying for B2 level and I can happily tell you the advantages and disadvantages of general topics, like working from home, moving abroad etc but I struggle with more simple things like going to the hairdressers and asking for the cut I want or explaining to the doctor the symptoms I have and how unwell I feel.

Am I alone with this problem? There are certain things that textbooks don't cover which make "real life" slightly more difficult
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The first exam that I took was a B2 where I scored 95%. My reading and writing is fine but a five year old can probably besser als mich auf Deutsch reden. I try watching TV in German to absorb more of the language and after not very long I either get a headache or my mind wanders. I manage a bit better with subtitles switched on.
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