Language Test

What is your current language level?

Here you can test how good your German is: Are you a beginner, already pretty good, or even very good? The results will give you an indication of how well you understand written German texts, how good your grammar is, and whether you understand many or few words in German. This test will, thus, give you a preliminary orientation as to your level.

The Tests

Responses: There is only one correct answer for each question. At level B2, you can also choose a fourth possible response: "???".

A1 - Beginner

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic sentences that aim to satisfy concrete needs. Can introduce themselves and others and ask other people about themselves - such as where they live, who they know, or what they own - and can respond to questions of this nature. Can communicate in a simple way when their conversation partners are speaking slowly and clearly and are prepared to help.


A2 - Basic Knowledge

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal information and information about family, shopping, work, and immediate surroundings). Can communicate in simple and routine situations that require a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms their own background and education, their immediate surroundings and matters related to an immediate need.


B1 - Advanced Language Usage

Can understand the main points when expressed in clear standard speech on familiar matters such as work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations that are likely to arise whilst traveling in an area in which the language is spoken. Can express familiar topics and personal interests in a simple and coherent manner. Can report on experiences and events, dreams, hopes, ambitions, and goals, and provide reasons or short explanations for plans and opinions.


B2 - Independent Language Usage

Can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics; including technical discussions in the personal field of specialization. Can communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is possible without a great deal of effort by either party. Can express themselves in a clear and detailed manner on a wide range of subjects and take a position on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


The Levels

Since the tests do not include listening comprehension, oral expression, or written expression, they can provide only an approximate indication of your level. The level descriptions from the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the so-called "can-do" descriptions, can you aid with your self-assessment. They describe what you should generally already be able to do at each respective level.

Sources for the creation of test questions: Placement tests from the textbooks of German publishers Hueber, Cornelsen and Velcro Langenscheidt.