German Major

Goethe Institut Exams


Xavier University's Dr. Luken is an official Goethe Institut examiner. General information on the Goethe Institut and the levels of exams. At this time, Dr. Luken is certified to test at the following levels: B1, B2, and C1.

The exams are open to all qualified candidates.

Levels of the Goethe Institut Exams Tested by our examiners

The Goethe Institut's German language examinations correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from B1 for intermediate learners to C1 for language skills at the high level.

B1 Adult Learners
B2 Adult Leaners  TestDaF
B3 Adult Learners TestDaF


CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Independent Language Use - B1

Can understand the main points when clear, standard language is used and the focus is on familiar topics associated with work, school, leisure time, etc. Can deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in the language region. Can express him/herself simply and coherently regarding familiar topics and areas of personal interest. Can report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals as well as make short statements to justify or explain his/her own views and plans.

Independent Language Use - B2

Can understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; also understands specialized discussions in his/her own primary area of specialization. Can communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is easily possible without a great deal of effort on either side. Can express him/herself on a wide range of topics in a clear and detailed manner, explain his/her position on a current issue and indicate the benefits and drawbacks of various options.

Autonomous Language Ability - C1

Can understand a wide range of challenging, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings. Can express him/herself spontaneously and fluently without having to search for words frequently and noticeably. Can use the language effectively and flexibly in his/her social and professional life or in training and studies. Can make clear, structured and detailed statements on complex topics and apply various means of text association appropriately in the process.


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