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:  You will also find materials to download, information about exam fees, and the exam registration form.


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. 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.
  • Go to the Goethe Institute Website, download and fill in the registration form for the respective exam, and send it to the Goethe Institute Chicago, together with the Goethe check. This needs to be done at least two weeks before the scheduled exam to ensure timely delivery of exam papers.
  • Bring a photo ID and the second check with you on the day of the exam.

Exam Dates and Fees

Exam dates for Spring 2017:

Level Date & Place Registration Deadline Approximate Length* Fees
Tuesday February 21, 2017
Global and International Studies Building
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 A1: 80 mins
B1: 205 mins
A1: $120 ($70/$50)
B1: $150 ($100/$50)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Global and International Studies Building
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 A2: 85 mins
B2: 220 mins
A2: $130 ($70/60)
B2: $170 ($110/$60)
C1 Thursday, March 28, 2017
Global and International Studies Building
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 C1: 220 mins C1: $200 ($150/$50)
*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