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German level test

This short German test estimates your level from beginner to advanced. It aims to evaluate your German communication skills rather than just your vocabulary or grammar. Your results will be instant.

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Understanding your German level

Taking a German test can be a good way of getting an objective idea about your level of German. The advantage of tests is that they put a number on a skill that might otherwise feel a little fuzzy. But the most important measure of your German level is what you can do in German. This German test tries to get at that by aligning to the CEFR, but you can also use a checklist of things you need to do in German and how well you can do them, or arrange an evaluation with a qualified German teacher to get a more complete assessment.

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German tests are a logical way to test your German level and a good place to start, but they may not give you the whole picture. Some other options include going to a German language meetup or arranging an online language exchange to get a sense of how easy it is for other German speakers to understand you. Or you could use one of the self-assessment grids aligned with the CEFR to evaluate what you can do in German.

The most well-recognized German tests are the Goethe-Zertifikat and the TestDaF. These are paid standardized tests of your proficiency in different language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) from A1 to C2. If you plan to enroll in a German university, you'll most likely need to pass one of these exams. However, if you're just looking for a certification you can put on your CV, a shorter free exam may be a cheaper and quicker option.

Your sense of what your German level is may not be accurate, especially if you studied German some time ago or only learned the language in school. Taking a quick German quiz, or several different quizzes, can help highlight your strengths and weaknesses. If you're planning to take a German course, generally the first step will be a level assessment test so you can begin the course at the correct level.

It depends on the workplace, but in general, you will need a B2 level of German to work efficiently in German on tasks in your area of expertise. If your responsibilities in German are more limited, a B1 level may be sufficient. Below the B1 level, it will be difficult for you to do many work-related tasks in German because of your limited mastery of the language. If you have a high-profile job or are doing complex tasks in German, you are likely to need a C1 or C2 level to accomplish them.