Common European Framework of Reference Exams

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Exams

Goethe-Institut examinations set the global standard in German language proficiency testing, and passing certificates are accepted by employers and higher education institutions across the German-speaking world. Goethe-Institut examinations correspond to the levels set out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for native-level speakers. Each exam consists of four portions: writing, reading, listening, and speaking. All exams are administered by professionally trained and Goethe-Institut certified language examiners.

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-Institut Chicago and the results are also double-checked by the Goethe-Institut, to ensure fair and standardized grading.

Fall 2019 exam dates

Level Date Registration deadline (IU) Time and place Approximate length* Fee
A1, A2 Thursday, Sept 12, 2019 Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 Hamilton Lugar SGIS, Third Floor
A1: 9:30 AM
A2: 11:00 AM
A1: 80 mins
A2: 110 mins
A1: $140 ($80/$60)**
A2: A2: $150 ($85/65)
B1 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 Thursday, Sept 19, 2019 Hamilton Lugar SGIS, Third Floor 9:30 AM B1: 205 mins B1: $200 ($110/$90)
B2 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 Hamilton Lugar SGIS, Third Floor 9:00 AM B2: 220 mins B2: $220 ($120/$100)
C1 Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 Hamilton Lugar SGIS, Third Floor 9:00 AM C1: 220 mins C1: $260 ($160/$100)

* test time - break time extra
** Goethe-Institute/Susanne Even

Steps to prepare to take a CEFR exam

  • Write two checks, one for the Goethe-Institut and one made out to Susanne Even, Coordinator of the Germanic Studies Language Program.
  • Download and fill in the correct Goethe registration form and send it to the Goethe-Institut Chicago, together with the Goethe-Institut 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 need 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.

Learn more about CEFR exams View registration forms and exam pricing