The most important questions about German language courses at a glance
Language examinations in Berlin
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Overview of the language courses at Sprachenatelier
(Languages with a * next to them means that Sprachenatelier is officially recognized as a testing center for that language)
Start German 1
Start German 1 was created by the Goethe-Institut and telc Weiterbildungs-Testsysteme GmbH. They are carried out worldwide holding the same consistent standard.
The examination of the Start German 1 will show students if they have the skills needed for German level A1 of the "Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmens".
Certificate German B1
After more than 30 years after the "Zertifikats Deutsch als Fremdsprache" (DaF), developed by the Deutschen Volkshochschul-Verbands e.V. (DVV) and the Goethe-Instituts for learning abroad to promote intercultural collaboration. They were designing alongside the two partners from 1995-1999 alongside the Austrian partner Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) and the Swedish partner Erziehungsdirektorenkonferenz (EDK) to create the Certificate German "Zertifikat Deutsch" (ZD).
The Certificate German has a standard of 350-600 lesson hours. All examinations within the "Zertifikat Deutsch" were agreed on by all partners, so that those learning German can prove with the Certificate german that they are competent with the language in many daily as well as occupational situations.
The "Zertifikat Deutsch" (ZD) is based on the internationally recognised Europarats chart which is at level B1, and was accepted by the German Federal Ministry to use in examinations for integration courses for immigrants and asylum seekers.
For more information please contact us using the contact form or call us on 030.2758 9855.
TestDaF is a standardized examination for foreign applicants, which is a language requirement at many universities for academic studies. The preparations take place in our intensive courses A, B and C.
A completed TestDaF exam in levels 4 or 5 are recognized and accepted as an admissions requirement at all universities in Germany. This examination can be taken at many different institutes. Sprachenatelier coordinates with these institutes through the Berlin based TestDaF-Zentrum. Information for registering for these exams can be found in our office at the school and online at www.testdaf.de.
The DSH examinations are taken at many German universities and high schools, and are examinations that are required for foreign applicants to be accepted for high school education. The DSH exams aren't standardized and can vary in difficulty at different universities.
As a licenced test centre of the telc GmbH Sprachenatelier offers the following English examinations:
_English A1 Start
_English A2 - School
_B1 TELC School Certificate in English
_B1 Certificate in English for Business Purposes
_English B1 Hotel and Restaurant
_English B2 - Advanced English
_B2 Certificate in English for Technical Purposes
_English B2 Business
For more information please contact us using the contact form or call us on 030.2758 9855.
There are also other English exams that are recognized worldwide:
Internationally recognized exams at the Cambridge university in 5 difficulty levels. Tested are: reading comprehension, listening comprehension and written/oral expression. Specific information about the location, price and dates can be found at www.cambridgeesol.de
The Business English Certificates (BEC) are made up of 3 exams (B1, B2 and C1), which test the English language ability and active skills in a business environment. Further information to these exams can be found at www.cambridge-efl.org
General language examinations in a range of language skill levels. Tested are: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written and oral expression. The results are valid for two years. You can't fail the IELTS exams, only score more or less points. The examination centre is at the British council (Tel.: 030 – 31 10 99 57), more information at www.ielts.org
The TOEFL is a standardized computer based test that you must sit prior to applying to universities in the USA. TOEFL is a formal exam that doesn't test your active communicative skills, but rather your reading and listening comprehension and grammar. You can find more information at www.toefl.org and www.review.de.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not a language exam but rather a standardized test, that you must complete if you want to apply for an MBA in English or other postgraduate programs. Tested are firstly the candidates' problem solving ability. Testing usually includes: analytical writing assessment, problem solving and data sufficiency. More information on www.gmac.com
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are standardized tests, that you must take if you want to apply for most academic programs in the USA. Tested are your mathematical understanding, logic and ability to evaluate diagrams. More information on www.gre.org
Sprachenatelier Berlin is the official examinations centre for the "Test de Connaissance du Francais“ (TCF). This exam can be taken right here at Sprachenatelier Berlin.
Sprachenatelier offers the following Italian examinations through Telc GmbH: A1 Start Italiano, A2 Italiano-Livello elementare, B1 Certificato d'Italiano and B" Certificato Superiore d'Italiano. More information at www.telc.net
Further more, the Certificato Di Lingua Italiana (CELI) is made up of five language examinations based on the "Europäischen Referenzrahmen" of the Università per Stranieri, Perugia (USP). The CELI exams have taken place since 1993. More information can be found at http://portal.unistrapg.it
The "Japanese Language Proficiency Test" (JLPT) is recognized by the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry of education and science and qualifies depending on proficiency level for academic studies at a Japanese university. The exam is provided by the Japanese Foundation and can be taken every December at the Humboldt-University of Berlin (other examination centres in Germany are the Volkshochschulen Düsseldorf and Stuttgart). For those interested in taking these exams there is an application date between July-September.
The official and internationally recognized Dutch certificate "CNaVT" can be taken at Sprachenatelier. The applicant can choose to specify in a specific field e.g. fluency for tourism, high school or for the career. The examinations take place every May with an application deadline on the 15th March. More information can be found at Sprachenatelier.
B1 - Certificado de Português
10 years after the successful enforcement of the "ICC/VHS-Zertifikats Portuguesisch" an overworked concept for certificate examinations was introduced in 1999. On the basis of extensive research at the German Institut für Erwachsenbildung (DIE) in cooperation with many partnerships institutes abroad, an innovative standardized language examinations concept was created called "Os Certificados Europeus de Línguas - Certificado de Português".
After extensive work to revise the old ICC/VHS-Zertifikatsprüfung, that encompassed all areas of examinations - description of language fluency, format of examination, assessment criteria e.c.t. The exam is taken internationally since 1999 by the partner institutes of Telc.
The "Zertifikat Portuguesisch" is made up of 350-500 lesson hours. Since the „Os Certificados Europeus de Línguas - Certificado de Português" has the same examination concept as other European language certificates (e.g. "Zertifikat Deutsch") and is carried out amongst a network of European partner institutes it benefits from a high level of recognition. The „Certificado de Português" takes place multiple times a year.
On the language skill level above "Basic level Portuguese" (Above level A2) you can show with the „Certificado de Português" that you can comprehend many situations in the Portuguese language for example in the work place.
The „Certificado de Português" (CPor) is based on the internationally recognized chart of the Council of Europe on the level B1.
Certificate Russian B1
The "Certificate Russian" has been carried out for over 30 years, created by the Deutschen Institut für Erwachsenenbilung (DIE) in partnership with foreign institutes. The Certificate Russian is standardized and is held under the same conditions.
The Certificate Russian is made up of around 350-500 lesson hours. Since the „Certificate Russian has the same examination concept as other European language certificates (e.g. "Zertifikat Deutsch") and is carried out amongst a network of European partner institutes it benefits from a high level of recognition. From language level B1 you can show with the Certificate Russian that you can comprehend many situations in the Russian language for example in the work place and countries that use Russian as a business language (GUS States). With the Certificate Russian, participants can show that they comprehend more of the Russian language than what is taught at the Pushkin institute in Moscow.
Further examinations for Russian are offered at Sprachenatelier from language level A1, A2 and B2. More information to this can be found at http://www.telc.net otherwise you can fill in our contact form or call us at 030.2758 9855.
The „Test i svenska för universitets- och högskolestudier“ (TISUS) can be taken in Germany at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin twice a year. The international language exam for Swedish as a foreign language SWEDEX can be sat here at Sprachenatelier Berlin. SWEDEX is a cooperation between the Folkuniversitäten in Sweden, the Swedish institute as well as the union of public schools in Niedersachsen based on the "Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmen für Sprachen des Europarates".
The Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (D.E.L.E.) verifies Spanish fluency. The examinations are created by the University of Salamanca and taken at different examination centers in Germany. The exam is made up of 5 parts (reading comprehension, written expression, listening comprehension, grammar and oral). More information as well as interactive graded exams can be found at http://cvc.cervantes.es and http://diplomas.cervantes.es
Certificate Czech B1
The exam is part of a partnership between the union of public schools in Sachsen and telc Weiterbildungs-Testsysteme GmbH. The Certificate Czech in Sachsen is recognized state wide. The Certificate Czech positions itself along the B1-Certificates such as Certificate German, Certificate English and Certificate Czech. The Certificate Czech is made up of around 350-500 lesson hours.
The Certificate Czech has the same examination concepts as other examinations within the European language certifications (e.g. Certificate German) and are carried out amongst various partnership institutes within their European network and therefore benefits from a high level of recognition. Participants with a Certificate Czech at level B1 can prove they can comprehend many daily situations as well as the business environment in the Czech language, whether in the Czech Republic or just within the Czech speaking business environment. The Certificate Czech is based on the "Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmen für Sprachen des Europarates". For more information please contact us using our contact form or call us on 030.2758 9855.
The target groups are students and those learning languages in further education after approximately 100 teaching units. Participants are able to document their skills using the internationally recognized Kompetenzskala framework, as well as receive a performance review for their language course. For more information please contact us through our contact form or call us at 030.2758 9855.