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Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

So for taking the German test. I see B1 for spoken and A2 is for written.

For the written test is it more for reading German and answering multiple choice questions about what your read.

Or is it actually writing in German during the test.

Or does it depend on the test type you choose. (Reading for me would be preferable to writing)

Also I am using some IPAD apps since I can hear the words spoken (for instance Lingo Arcade). Does anyone have any instruction methods they would recommend.
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

If you are planning to do the german test for residence permit or citizenship - then you need to get certified by some specific certification brands (e.g. TELC, Goethe etc).

I am not sure if you can apply for partial certification exams (writing A2, Spoken B1) with TELC or Goethe.

I did my B1 with TELC. Here you can find the exam format for the same : https://www.telc.net/en/candidates/l...eutsch-b1.html


Hope this helps. For further questions - do not hesitate get back.
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

In the writing section of the test. Is it reading comprehension? Or where you writing sentences in German?
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

Not sure why anyone would think otherwise, but surely a 2.5 hr written German exam must, by definition, include written German.
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

Although a test is required for Facilitated naturalisation in Switzerland, Iím fairly sure it isnít when applying from abroad.
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

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In the writing section of the test. Is it reading comprehension? Or where you writing sentences in German?
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

@tagtag :

If you explore the link that was shared before - you can find a sample test.
https://www.telc.net/en/candidates/l...ch-b1.html#t=2

e.g. in this test they are asking the examinee to write a formal or informal email on a topic. It could also be a letter.

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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

Hi there,


The standard tests have 4 sections: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Each section tests that skill. Depending on the test Goethe/TELC etc the tests are a little different.


The requirement A2 writing, B1 speaking means that you can take the B1 test, and if you pass it all great. If you fail the writing, but the test you are doing says that the writing is at least A2, its ok.
Some of the tests give you the grade you fail at.



But as some other posters have said- you need to know which tests are accepted. Pretty sure Goethe is everywhere. Good luck!
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

If you have enough time to wait for exam results, TELC is the most known and I would say 'simpler' option (IMHO). There are a lot of materials to prepare in the internet, books, mock exams, etc. However it requires some planning in advance from your side. You need to book your place at least 2-3 weeks in advance (sometimes even more) and you will receive your results min. 6 weeks after. Some people in this forum waited for their results even longer than that. So at least 2 months in advance you need to register.

I did not research much about the Goethe exam, but I believe it is similar to TELC in terms of timing and availability of content.

There is also the fide exam option (though it is only valid in Switzerland). Recently, they updated their website (since 01/2021) and now there are quite a lot of exam preparation material there (e.g. mock exam, video, reading materials). But in terms of preparation it won't be comparable to TELC, Goethe Institut exams. It is more expensive compared to TELC as far as I know, but the results are received faster (~ 4 weeks).

The other (not very well-known) option in Switzerland is the SDS (Schweizerischer Digitaler Sprachtest) exam. There is almost no preparation material in the internet (except several examples in their website). It is a black box until you get the exam. On the other side, this exam can be booked in a week notice and you will receive your results in 2 days. If your goal is to receive your certificate as fast as possible, (and don't mind paying more) it is a great option. You can retake the exam immediately (after your first exam graded) and partially (only mundlich or only schriftlich) if you fail in your first try. I opted for this option since 8 weeks of planning for a certificate is too much for my taste.
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

I did TELC because we need B1 reading and writing. There's comprehension (reading and aural) which is multiple choice, grammar (so filling in missing words, that kind of thing), writing a letter, and oral. The oral was in pairs (ooer missus) and involved interviewing one another (where you live, what you do, interesting anecdotes), a discussion of a pre-read (i.e. fifteen minutes before) article, and role playing a scenario (also given just before the test).

In my case it was deciding what present to buy for a colleague whose spouse had just had their first baby. I didn't know the word for nappies, so I asked my partner in the exam if she knew - this is absolutely find as you're supposed to display independent speaking ability.

My wife was mightily annoyed when I got a 6 in the oral part of the exam, and she got 5.5, since her German really is better than mine. She got 6s is all the other sections though.

TELC is supposed to be more "day to day" German than Goethe. I don't know if that's true.
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Re: Where to take language tests. And is the test for reading or writing German

The B1 Goethe involves all subjects.

It tests reading (multiple choice), writing (write a letter/email etc.), listening (multiple choice), speaking (interaction with a partner in front of examiners)

I did the exam through ZHAW and they only do the exams once a month or once every couple of months (think they may do one month Zurich one month Winterthur)
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