College of Arts and Sciences

Germanic Studies

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Exams 

Goethe-Institute Chicago

The Department of Germanic Studies administers the A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1 exams of the Common European Framework of Reference. These exams are recognized world-wide. They test the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Exam papers are sent by the Goethe Institute Chicago and the results are also double-checked by the Goethe Institute, to ensure fair and standardized grading.

Exam dates for Spring 2019:



Registration Deadline IU

Time and Place

Approximate Length*



Jan 30, 2019

Wednesday,                 Jan 16, 2019           

Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Third Floor
A1: 10:00 AM                                 A2: 12:00 noon

A1: 80 mins 
A2: 110 mins

A1: $130 ($70/$60)
A2: $135 ($70/65)


Feb 27, 2019

 Feb 13, 2019

Hamilton Lugar SGIS, Third Floor
10:00 AM

B1: 205 mins

B1: $190 ($100/$90)


March 27, 2019

Wednesday,           March 13, 2019

Hamilton Lugar SGIS, Third Floor
10:00 AM

B2: 220 mins

B2: $210 ($110/$100)


Wednesday,                               April 24, 2019

April 10, 2019

Hamilton Lugar SGIS, Third Floor
10:00 AM

C1: 220 mins

C1: $250 ($150/$100)

*test time - break time extra

More information about the CEFR exams can be found on the website of the Goethe-Institute Chicago:  Practice materials and information are provided for each exam. The registration form can be found here:

If you want to take a CEFR exam, you have to:

  • Write two checks, one for the Goethe Institute and one made out to Susanne Even, Coordinator of the Language Program.
  • Download and fill in the Goethe registration form  and send it to the Goethe Institute Chicago, together with the Goethe check. This needs to be done at least four weeks before the scheduled exam to ensure timely delivery of exam papers. If the registration comes in late and exam papers have to be sent by overnight carrier, you are responsible for the shipping cost.
  • Register with Troy Byler ( and Susanne Even ( by the registration deadline for the respective exam. This can be done via a short email. You will be informed of the examination room after the registration deadline.
  • Bring a photo ID and the second check with you on the day of the exam.


Germanic Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3103
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
Phone: 812-855-1553
Fax: 812-855-8927