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.

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:

  • Register with the examiners Troy Byler ( and Susanne Even ( by the registration deadline for the respective exam. This can be done via short email. You will be informed of the exact examination times after the registration deadline.
  • You will need 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.
  • Bring a photo ID and the second check with you on the day of the exam.

Exam Dates and Fees

Exam dates for Spring 2018:

Level Date & Place Registration Deadline Approximate Length* Fees
Tuesday Feb 13, 2018
Global and International Studies Building, Third Floor
A1: 10:00 AM
A2: 12:00 noon
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 A1: 80 mins
A2: 85 mins
A1: $130 ($70/$60)
A2: $135 ($70/$65)
B1 Tuesday March 6, 2018
Global and International Studies Building
Third Floor
10:00 AM
Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 B1: 205 mins B1: $190 ($100/$90)
B2 Tuesday April 3, 2018
Global and International Studies Building
Third Floor
10:00 AM
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 B2: 220 mins B2: $210 ($110/$100)
C1 Thursday, April 17, 2018
Global and International Studies Building
Third Floor
10:00 AM
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 C1: 220 mins C1: $250 ($150/$100)
*test time - break time extra


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