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The graded language test: German test for immigrants

To obtain the "Zertifikat Integrationskurs", you must first prove that you have been awarded the overall result of B1 in the "German test for immigrants" (DTZ) language test. This shows that you have achieved an important objective of the integration course.

What can I expect the DTZ to be like?

The DTZ consists of written and oral tests. The written part lasts 100 minutes and consists of listening and reading exercises. You must also write a short letter. The oral test lasts approximately 15 minutes. During this time, you must introduce yourself briefly and talk with the examiners and another examination candidate about specific topics.

At the end, you will receive a certificate that certifies your overall language skills at skill level B1 or A2. If your language skills have not yet reached A2 level, you will not receive a certificate but you will be given a letter confirming your result.

The A2 and B1 language levels

To attain language level B1 or A2 in the examination, you will need to achieve the relevant level in the "Speaking" part of the examination and in one of the other two parts, namely "Hearing and Reading" or "Writing".

This means that attendees at literacy courses, who will not usually have reached level B1 by the end of the course, will also be able to at least demonstrate an overall language level of A2.

The basis of the DTZ

The DTZ course content is based on the core curriculum for integration courses developed by the Goethe-Institut. It ensures that the exercises in the examination focus on immigrants’ communication needs.

In addition to a version for adults, there is a version for young people that is used on the youth integration course.

How can I prepare for the DTZ?

Preparing for the test is an important part of the immigration course. Here you will become familiar with the separate parts of the test and be able to practise the exercises with other students.

Sample test and online test

In addition, you can download a sample test paper for the DTZ as a pdf document here and get a first impression of what the test is like. In addition to sample exercises, extensive information is also provided on taking the test and how it is assessed. The recordings for the listening comprehension part of the test can be downloaded as MP3 files.

Sample listening and reading exercises for the DTZ are also available on the Goethe-Institut’s website, where you can work on them directly online.

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Would you like to find out more about the DTZ? You will find detailed information about the content and how the language test is assessed in the examination handbook, "Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer – Prüfungsziele/Testbeschreibung", and a comprehensive vocabulary list.

Permission to take the final examination a second time

If you have not passed the language test by attaining B1 level after attending the entire integration course, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees may allow you to repeat the course by attending an additional 300 lessons. Approval also includes the right to re-sit the language test once free of charge.

Date 22 April 2014

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