German Proficiency Levels

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Elementary use of language

 A1 

  • understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences that are aimed at satisfying specific needs
  • Introducing yourself and others and asking other people questions about themselves - and answering these kinds of questions
  • communicate in a simple way if the person you are speaking to speaks slowly and clearly and is ready to help

 A2 

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions that are related to areas of very immediate importance (e.g. information about the person and family, shopping, work, the immediate vicinity)
  • Communicate in simple, routine situations that involve a simple and direct exchange of information about familiar and common things
  • Use simple means to describe one's own origin and education, the immediate environment and things in connection with immediate needs

Independent language application

 B1 

  • Understand the main points when using clear standard language and when talking about familiar things from work, school, leisure, etc.
  • handle most situations encountered while traveling in the language area
  • Express yourself simply and coherently on familiar topics and areas of personal interest
  • Report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals and give short reasons or explanations for plans and views

 B2 

  • Understand the main content of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; also specialist discussions in their own specialty
  • Communicate spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is possible without great effort on both sides
  • express yourself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, explain a point of view on a topical issue and state the advantages and disadvantages of various options

Competent language usage

 C1 

  • understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings
  • Express yourself spontaneously and fluently without having to search for clearly recognizable words
  • Use language effectively and flexibly in social and professional life or in training and studies. Can express himself in a clear, structured and detailed manner on complex issues and use various means of linking text appropriately

 C2 

  • Understand practically anything he / she reads or hears with ease
  • Summarize information from various written and oral sources and present reasons and explanations in a coherent presentation
  • Express it spontaneously, very fluently and precisely and also make finer nuances of meaning clear in more complex matters