Before moving to Germany to join my German husband, I took the A1 German exam. I acquired a certificate. That said, If you’re planning to accomplish the same, moving to Germany to join your spouse or applying for an Au Pair, you must at least have taken an A1 German exam, passed it, and have a certificate.You can take the German language course at any Goethe school or International school that offers the language course. Here’s a comprehensive guide for taking the A1 German exam and certificate and frequently asked questions.
Table of Contents
- What’s the A1 German exam and Certificate?
- Where to study the German language in the Philippines
- How to take the A1 German Exam step by step
- How much does it cost to take the A1 German exam at Goethe Manila
- Helpful A1 German books to practice and prepare for the exam
- The flow of the A1 German exam
- Example of the A1 German Speaking test
- Helpful tip
- Tips for the speaking part
- Example of the A1 German writing test
- Tips for the writing test
- When and how to get the A1 German exam result
- Passing score of A1 German exam
- A1 German Certificate costs
- How to pass the A1 German exam and get a certificate?
- Frequently asked questions about A1 German exam (faqs)
- Other common questions about A1 German exam and Certificate
- A1 German certificate for visa application
- External vs. Internal students of Goethe. DoeIt’s matter?
- Goethe Institute Philippines Language Course contact
- Where to stay if you’re taking the A1 German exam in Makati city
What’s the A1 German exam and Certificate?
Start Deutsch 1 or A1, is a German exam for adults. It is the most basic level of the Deutsch or German language. Having an A1 certificate is proof and certifies that you have a background and knowledge of the German language.In other words, you can communicate with the person using the language if he’s speaking to you slowly and clearly. Moreover, the A1 German Certificate will be given to you once you have passed the exam.
The German language courses start from the A1-C2 level.
Where to study the German language in the Philippines
I studied from A1-A2 German language course at Goethe Institute in Salcedo village, Makati city, Manila. There’s also a Goethe Institute in Cebu city. However, some people who took the A1 Deutsch Exam at Goethe Institute Manila that I spoke to said they just did a self-study. The self-study was also good and also beneficial. There are loads of handouts and materials you can check online to support your study, and that’s doable.
How to take the A1 German Exam step by step
Before taking the A1 German exam, you must make an appointment at Goethe Institute. It depends on which branch you would like to choose.
- Go to Goethe Institute’s official website and click the online registration form.
- It will then direct you to upload your official documents for identity verification, such as a valid passport Id or NBI clearance.One valid Id is already sufficient enough.
- Wait until you receive an email for confirmation.
- After receiving the email, it will also show you the payment options.
- There are several ways to pay via LBC, or bank transfer, in pesos or euros.
- In my case, I opted to pay via bank transfer.
For modes of payment for the A1 exam, please refer to Goethe Institute’s official website for the updated process.
Note:The bank transfers may take 2-3 working days to be processed for your A1 German exam. Prioritize paying in advance to ensure they receive the payment before the deadline. Keep an eye on the deadline. Also, to better secure your slot, Goethe Institute Manila only guarantees your place once the payment is received, especially during this pandemic. I think it’s a bit more challenging as slots have been limited.
How much does it cost to take the A1 German exam at Goethe Manila
If you’re an internal student- meaning, you studied the course at Goethe, it costs Php5,000 (€100). But if you’re an internal student- you studied outside Goethe, and only taking the exam, it costs Php7,000 (€125). You can check the updated price list here.
Helpful A1 German books to practice and prepare for the exam
If you’re looking for some books to practice and prepare for your A1 German exam, here are some of my top reccommendations at Amazon.
A1 for German beginners- this book includes practices for self-studies.
This book also includes grammar and some helpful practices.
The flow of the A1 German exam
Each test was divided into four (4) parts.
- Writing | Schreiben
- Reading | Lesen
- Listening | Hören
- Speaking | Sprechen
Writing | Schreiben Part.
- The writing part of the A1 German exam was set for only 30 minutes and consisted of several questions. They’re basically what you’ve learned and studied during the language course. For example, sending an invitation, writing a postcard or a letter. Therefore, practising writing these is important they also played big points in the test. They don’t have to be in perfect grammar, but it’s also a good deal if it’s written correctly and understandable.
Reading | LesenPart
- The reading part is relatively similar to the writing part. There will be some situations that come with choices to choose from. Thirty (30) minutes allotted time.
Listening | Hören.
- In this listening part, there’s an audio going to be played. Like a situation, for example, at the train station, having a short conversation with a neighbour, or asking a stranger about the time. This could be daily life circumstance. Focus on listening, as it’s quite confusing. Words could be a little bit difficult to understand.
Speaking | Sprechen.
- The speaking’s first part is to introduce yourself in German. Second, images and photos will be presented and asked to explain and say something about it. Lastly, create a question for the co-examiner.
Example of the A1 German Speaking test
Don’t fret about this,Atme Tief Durch( breath deep). You got this!
Moderator: Please introduce yourself|Stell Dich bitter vor
Me: Hallo, mein name ist Catherine Mendoza, Ich bin dreizig jahre alt, Ich komme aus den Philippinen und lebe ich in Makati. Ich bin Englisch lehrerin als arbeit und meine hobbies sind Blog Schreiben und Ein Buch lessen.
Translation:My name is Catherine. I am 30 years old, from the Philippines, and live in Makati. I am an English teacher as a profession, and my hobbies are writing blogs and reading books.
Moderator: Spell your last name, please | Buschtabierren sie Ihren Nachnamen bitte.
Moderator:What’s your cell number? | Was ist Deine Handynummer, bitte?
Moderator:What is your postal code? Was ist Deine Postleitzahl
Me: 2-4-1-8. Zwei, vier, eins, acht
The important point here is to learn or memorize the numbers and the letters and to introduce yourself, basic. A speaking test is conducted and graded as part of the A1 German exam.
In this part, you will be presented with photos and images and asked to formulate a question about them.
Example #1: Papaya vegetable image | gemüse
You can say like
” Can I have one piece of papaya, please?
Translation:Kann ich bitte ein Stück Papaya haben?
example #2: Apple fruit image | Obst
” Can you give me the apple, please?
Translation: Kannst du/Können Sie der Apfel geben, bitte?
Moreover, there will be some images that you will be asked to say in Deutsch words,
Tips for the speaking part
Tip #1. The word “bitteor please” can go anywhere in the sentence.
There is actually no proper or stable position for this when speaking. It could be in the middle or at the end. What’s important is you use it. It’s a common polite word to use in German.
Tip #2. When in doubt, go for basics.
The moderators will rate the way you’re able to express yourself in German, not by how perfectly you say it. Remember, don’t try to impress the moderator too much. Moreover, it’s important to remember the name of the items or objects in German. Finally, It’s a beginner test; remember that!
Example of the A1 German writing test
Situation sample: Answering a letter of a birthday invitation.
thank you for your invitation. I am so glad to attend your 30th birthday. What can I bring you as a present? Would you prefer a chocolate cake or wine? Also, would you tell me how to get to your house (address)? I will be going there by car. Thanks in advance and I look forward to seeing you.
Liebe Pamela,Danke für deine Einladung. Ich freue mich sehr über Ihren 30. Geburtstag. Was kann ich dir als Geschenk bringen? Möchten Sie lieber einen Schokoladenkuchen oder Wein? Würdest du mir auch sagen, wie ich zu deinem Haus komme? Ich werde mit dem Auto dorthin fahren. Vielen Dank im Voraus und ich freue mich auf Sie. Mit Liebe,Catherine
Tips for the writing test
Read the instruction carefully before writing. Remember that there are two types of letters to make. One is formal and the other is informal. There is a huge difference between writing these two. That said, recognize the difference and write clearly. Furthermore, be short and precise about the letter or invitation. Meaning to say, write only what is being asked. Don’t try to be flowery. This one was something I also had to learn upon writing several letters. As a writer myself, I’m used to using and adding words that, during this exam, were not necessary to include.
To have a better view of the formal and informal, here’s a clear example.
Möchten Sieis equivalent towould youwhich is polite and formal and used when you don’t know the person, whileMagst dumeansdo youlikefalls under an informal conversation or letter, as well as in speaking.
End of the exam.
When and how to get the A1 German exam result
It took me almost ten (10) days to finally see the result of the exam. I was able to view it on my account on the Goethe website. It would be best if you had also created yours already to be able for you to access some other pieces of information regarding your result of the exam, etc.
Passing score of A1 German exam
Consequently, your score must be 60 or above for you to pass. Regardless of whether you have a low or high score on the other parts, as long as you reach 60 points in total. However, below 60 means you failed, and you must retake the test. If you must do so.
If, unfortunately, you’re not able to pass the A1 German exam and would like to check your physical paper yourself to have a second inspection because you doubt you didn’t make it, it’s possible to do so.
Email Goethe about your intention. In some cases, they would allow a student to have their papers exam checked; however, note that only you and a teacher would be next to you and watch you. Also, you cannot take the physical exam result at home. It already belongs to Goethe’s property. This may be on a case-to-case basis because of the pandemic. Always consult with Goethe staff.
On the other hand, if you wish to (dis)continue to study the German language course via any school or Goethe Institute, the decision is in your hands.
A1 German Certificate costs
The A1 German certificate is free of charge, only if you passed the exam. After seeing my exam result, I went to Goethe’s office and requested the certificate. It usually takes seven (7) to ten (10) working days upon request. The A1 German certificate is necessary for applying for a visa, such as Au Pair or FRV (spouse visa) at the German Embassy in Manila.
A1 German exam tips, preparation, and samples & exercises
In that regard, here are some A1 German exam tips & preparation you could apply, and find useful for your journey to taking the test from students who had taken the same A1 German exam.
Tip #1: Memorize the words with the gender because they really don’t have rules. And the easiest way to understand the grammar rule is, translate it from German to English and vice versa. It’s because the sentence structure is quite similar to each other. –Tricia,93/100
Besides learning from the books, also learn from YouTube videos. It gives a clear picture of how the exam goes so you have an idea of what to expect during the actual exam. Practice daily hearing or listening, reading and writing, and speaking exercises. Try to allot 2-3 hours a day practicing and also doing vocabulary exercises. –Jizelle,91/100
Focus on hearing/listening and writing parts. Because A1 is really hard especially if you’re new to the language and you’re not really using it. So, practice the schreiben. Also, the examples given in the practice test were almost the same as the ones in the actual exam. –Mhaven, 90/100
A1 German Writing and reading (Schreiben and Lesen) Samples & exercises
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How to pass the A1 German exam and get a certificate?
Here are a few things to remember on how to pass the A1 German exam and get a certificate if you’re a Filipino.
- Enroll in a German language course. Goethe is the most accredited school in the Philippines.
- Study the basic German language. grammar, vocabulary, sentences
- Apply to Goethe to take the A1 German exam.
- Take the test. Remember everything you’ve learned and studied in school, online or through self-study.
- Pass the test at least 60 and above. Request a certificate from the school.
- Congratulations, you’ve made it!
Frequently asked questions about A1 German exam (faqs)
In this section, I will try to answer all your questions about the A1 German exam and certificate. The answers also came from people I’ve interviewed and learned knowledge from.
How difficult is the A1 German exam?
Honestly, I couldn’t answer how. Just so you know, my heart was pumping fast during and even after taking the exam. I wouldn’t say I had it easy peasy nor mighty difficult either. I guess I would say, if you’re well prepared, you can do it.
Can I attend or take the A1 German exam with self-preparation?
YES.As long as you believe you can do it, you’re prepared, then what’s stopping you?
Can I take A1 at Goethe even if I didn’t study the German language course there?
Of course! Goethe doesn’t require you to attend their classes. Regardless of the school or centre, you came from, as long as you pay for the exam, and show up on the day, then, yes, you can!
Can I study the German language course online?
Absolutely! Especially now, during this pandemic, everything’s already online. Goethe now serves German classes. Otherwise, various online schools offer to guide and teach about the German language at your pace.
Other common questions about A1 German exam and Certificate
Where to mainly focus on the test?
All four parts are crucial to passing at least 60. But focusing mainly on speaking is highly recommended as this is face-to-face. The moderators will be able to check your ability to express yourself. However, as I’ve written in one of my tips, don’t worry too much about grammar. Though it can’t be perfect, it’d be better if you spoke, slowly, and calmly.
Can I take the A1 German exam in Germany instead not in the Philippines?
The brutal truth is, if you’re applying for an AU Pair of a Spouse visa, then taking the A1 German exam and getting the certificate in the Philippines is only your option.
A1 German certificate for visa application
Do I need the A1 certificate for my visa to Germany?
Well, it depends on the visa you’re applying for. In my case, for example, when I applied for a Spouse visa, YES, I neeyou’re get one. Consequently, if you’it’sn Au Pair, then I heard that it’s also part of the requirements. Other types of visas, such as Todoesn’tr visiting a It’sly member, don’t require it.
It’s important to note that the German embassy is very strict upon completing requirements for a visa application. That said, your application might be turned down and should it have a missing document, such as an A1 certificate.
Will the German Embassy require me to take the German language course before they approve my visa?
I bdoesn’tNO.The German Embassy doesn’t really care about this. Whether you take any German language course or not, as long as you can prove to them that you have a basic understanding of the German language through the A1 Certificate.
I already have a B2 certificate but more than a year. Can I use this somehow for my visa application?
IMPORTANT: the A1 certificate must be less than one(1) year old to be accepted by the German Embassy. This might have changed, but towon’t hundred percent certain, it won’t hurt if you shoot them an email.
External vs. Internal students of Goethe. DoeIt’s matter?
Actually not really. It’s just a basis of whether Goethe you have studied in their institution odon’t.
Exdidn’tstudents are the ones who don’t or didn’t study the Deutsch language course at Goethe itself and no longer than six (6) months before the exam date. In contrast,internalstudents are the ones who study the course inside Goethe.
Will you get a higher chThat’sf passing if you study at Goethe?
That’s ridiculous, no! Your chance of passing the A1 exam is in your hands. Regyou’ves of the school, institute, or centre you’ve studied the German language from, fate is in your hands.
?Note that when taking the A1 German exam, both types of students have a different price exam to pay. You may check Goethe Institute for an updated price.
Goethe Institute Philippines Language Course contact
Monday – Thursday| 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Makati Language Course Office is closed when the certification examinations are held.
Tel.+ 63 2 88405723-4; 88170978
Fax+ 63 2 88170979
Meanwhile, The Goethe-Institut Manila will be temporarily closed to the public as they aretaking the necessary precautions to protect their clients and staff due to COVID-19. For more updated information, please call their telephone number or send an email.
Where to stay if you’re taking the A1 German exam in Makati city
If you’re taking the A1 German exam, and don’t know where to stay, here are my reccommendations nearby Goethe Institute in Makati City. Some of my best reccommendations can be found at Agoda are Z Hostel Php990 per night, LubD Php632 shared rooom, Hop inn Hotel Php1,500 per night, Unwnd Hotel & Botique Php1,500 with breakfast and Leez Inn Php1,500+ per night. Some of the nicest accommodations can also be found on Booking. com.
A1 German Exam and Certificate
German A1 exam pattern is quite simple. As it's a language, there are 4 modules- Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. It is 60 points exam and you have to score 36 points (60%) to pass the exam.Is it easy to get German A1 certificate? ›
The exam is scored out of 100 points. To obtain the German A1 certificate, a minimum score of 60 points out of 100 in total is required, that is, we do not require a passing score in each of the sections. Scores from zero to 59 imply that the level was not exceeded.What is the passing marks for A1 German exam? ›
A maximum of 100 points may be earned - 75 points in the written exam and 25 points on the oral exam. The exam is deemed to have been passed if at least 60 points (60 % of the maximum point score) have been earned and if all sections of the exam have been completed.What should I study for A1 German exam? ›
Get to Know the A1 German Exam Structure
There are four sections and they correspond to the four parts of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. To pass, you need to hit 60% across the four sections, so if you're bad in one area, you can bring it up with another part of the test.
Yes, you can learn German A1 in a month. There are many ways to learn German faster and pass the A1 exam in a month. Students can achieve their goal only if they are dedicated to studying and are giving 100%.How many hours does it take to study German A1? ›
Reaching the A1 level (from a point of no previous knowledge of a particular language) has been estimated to take between 60 – 80 hours of instruction by both Deutsche Welle and Alliance Française.How long is German A1 exam valid? ›
Goethe-Zertifikats A1 through C2 do not expire. Many institutions and employers, however, expect the certificate to be dated not more than two years ago.Is A1 enough to work in Germany? ›
What can I do with A1 in Germany? With a A1 German you can start to start at a German university (English-speaking studies). Also you can become an Au pair in Germany or start an FSJ or BFD. If you are an EU citizen with German A1 you can directly work in several jobs.Can I pass A1 German with duolingo? ›
Can I pass the German A1 Goethe exam having 50% Duolingo fluency? No, the Goethe exam is notoriously difficult and requires expert knowledge on the language. Having attempted Duolingo as an (almost) native speaker, up until 50% would only teach you a little bit of the grammar required to get to an A1 standard.How many months does it take to learn A1 German? ›
|Assess your current level & test your German online!||Intensive course (20 lessons/week)|
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Working in Germany would require you to be able to communicate to the people living there. Although A1 and A2 levels are just basic levels, but if you are confident enough to convey your message across to your clients and customers, then you can work in Germany.What is the cost of A1 German exam? ›
|Exam Fee||Internal candidates INR|
|Goethe Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch (for age group 10-16 years)||1400|
|Goethe Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 (for adults 16 years and above)||5,200|
|Goethe Zertifikat A2 (for adults 16 years and above)||5,200|
You have two options regarding the placement test: You can either do it in our office or perform it online. Online is the faster method. You do not need to leave your apartment and can have the result in a short time.Can I get a German A1 certificate online? ›
Register for Your exam. Choose your Exam date through the calendar. Pass Your exam live or online. Get Your certificate within 3-4 days.
With Deutsche Welle's mobile courses, you can learn German easily and free of charge. Whether you are a beginner or highly proficient, this is where you will find German courses. You can also learn German with the news or music - from level A1 to C1.Can I learn German A1 by myself? ›
Yes, you can learn German A1 by yourself. You can also participate in the A1 exam without prior attendance at a language school or prep course.What level of German is required to work in Germany? ›
Depending on the German federal state, level B1 or B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required. German for your spouse: Are you entering Germany with your spouse, who will work in Germany?How long does it take to finish A1 1? ›
For example, level A1. 1 has 50 classes, so if you take a class a day, you could reach A1. 1 in just over 7 weeks. If you want to go at a slower pace, then 3 classes per week would take you around 4 months to complete the level.How many classes are there in A1 German? ›
|EU LEVEL||OUR COURSES||DURATION|
|A1||A1||80 Lessons / 4 Weeks|
|A2||A2.1 A2.2||80 Lessons / 4 Weeks 80 Lessons / 4 Weeks|
|B1||B1.1 B1.2||80 Lessons / 4 Weeks 80 Lessons / 4 Weeks|
|B2||B2||160 Lessons / 8 Weeks|
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Level C is the most advanced level, and is split between C1 (Advanced) and C2 (Proficient (near-native)). Level C2 is recognised by all German universities as the level of language competence required for entrance into German-language courses, although some might accept students with B2 or C1 certificates.Is Germany easy to get a job? ›
How easy is it to get a job in Germany? The ease of getting career opportunities in Germany can vary based on factors like industry, experience, and language skills. Generally, the job market in Germany is competitive, and it may take time to find a suitable job opportunity.Will learning German help me get a job in Germany? ›
Knowledge of German improves your employment chances in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and other central and eastern Europe parts. Many companies in these regions are willing to employ someone who can speak German fluently, not to mention the additional ability to speak English.How many words do you need to know for German A1? ›
When you reach the A1 level, you will have a rough working vocabulary of about 700 words. Some will be derivatives (“run” and “running”), some you will be able to recall quickly and others only slowly and with a lot of effort, but it's a good ballpark number.How many words should you know for German A1? ›
The official German A1 vocabulary includes, according to the German Goethe Institut, 650 words – that's the bad news. Wow, that's a lot, you may think.Is A1 German enough to study in Germany? ›
It defines the following levels of language competence: Levels A1 and A2: These levels provide you with basic knowledge of the German language. If you have no previous knowledge, attending an A1 course is highly recommended.Can I learn German on my own? ›
The short answer is, you can, and with free online resources at your disposal, there's really no reason you can't learn German from home.Can you work in Germany if you only speak English? ›
In short: yes, there are English-speaking jobs in Germany. Foreigners who look for jobs in tech startups or digital departments have a higher chance of finding work in Germany without speaking German.Can I live in Germany without speaking German? ›
Can you live in Germany without knowing German? It is just about possible to live in Germany without knowing much German. But in order to find employment and to fully integrate into society, you will need to be able to speak and read German to a good standard, especially if you live outside the major cities.What is the difference between German A1 1 and A1 2? ›
The A1. 1 course is a German course for beginners without any previous knowledge of the German language. The A1. 2 is a course for beginners with some basic German language skills.
Levels A1 and A2: These levels provide you with basic knowledge of the German language. If you have no previous knowledge, attending an A1 course is highly recommended. Levels B1 and B2: Here is where you will learn German at an advanced level.What is the hardest German language exam? ›
Going Toe-to-toe with the Goethe Zertifikat
If the TestDaF is the academic German level test, then the Goethe Zertifikat is the all-around one. It's by far the most famous test of the German language and is accepted by everybody who needs any kind of proof of German ability.
German A1 means that you have acquired basic language skills in German after passing a beginners' German course at A1 level. This means you will be able to understand and independently use familiar expressions and very basic sentences in the German language.Which German exam is the easiest? ›
German Language Test for University Admission
The results are given in percentages and thus the graduate is placed in a level range. Of the three different levels DSH-1, DSH-2 and DSH-3, the former is the easiest.
Goethe-Zertifikats A1 through C2 do not expire. Many institutions and employers, however, expect the certificate to be dated not more than two years ago.Can I learn German in 3 months? ›
For those new to languages, it may sound like a daunting task to become fluent in any language in 3 months, let alone such a complicated language as German. Nonetheless, Adriana can tell you from experience that it's definitely possible!What is harder Spanish or German? ›
Overall, Spanish might be easier than German at the beginning stages, but the two tend to even out in difficulty once learners get to the more advanced stages. German has more complicated grammar rules that need to be mastered early on, but once learners get familiar with them, they find that they're pretty consistent.Can I take the German a1 exam online? ›
You have two options regarding the placement test: You can either do it in our office or perform it online. Online is the faster method. You do not need to leave your apartment and can have the result in a short time.Which is harder Japanese or German? ›
However, in general, we can say that German is generally considered to be an easier language for English speakers to learn than Japanese. This is because German and English share many similarities in terms of grammar and vocabulary.Can I work in Germany with A1? ›
You need to apply for an A1 form from your healthcare provider before travelling for work in the European Union. If you are privately insured then you need to get one from the Deutsche Rentenversicherung. If you are employed you can check with your HR department if they can supply you with an A1 form.
At the A1 level, you should be able to understand simple German sentences and recognize basic words that describe yourself and the world around you. You can use familiar greetings and introduce yourself. You can also write simply, for example, filling out forms.Is A2 easier than A1 German? ›
These levels are classified as A1 for beginners, A2 for elementary, B1 for intermediate, B2 for upper intermediate, C1 as advanced, and C2 as mastery. Expath, like many other language schools, splits these levels in half to accommodate students' time and budget planning (e.g. level A1 is split into A1.What is the most accepted German language certificate? ›
Level C (Proficient User)
Level C2 is recognised by all German universities as the level of language competence required for entrance into German-language courses, although some might accept students with B2 or C1 certificates. It can take up to 1.200 hours of study to attain level C2.
The Hardest Parts of German
Look at any of the Slavic languages or Latin, for instance, and you'll see that the noun itself has to change! German has four cases: the nominative (subject of the sentence), accusative (direct object), dative (indirect object), and genitive (possession).
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- The Why of It: Keep in Mind What's to Be Gained. ...
- Early and Often: Set a Study Schedule. ...
- Practice Makes Perfect: Take Every Practice Test You Can Find. ...
- Total Immersion: Surround Yourself in German a Few Days Before the Test.