What does it take to pass an A1 exam?
I have been taking German for a few months with duolingo and a few other tools, I've known for a while that online courses don't amount to much when it comes to paper trails, which is why I'm happy to have found the Goethe certification exams. When I'm ready I plan on taking the test, but the closest testing center is a three - four hour drive from me, so I only want to go if I am absolutely certain I will pass. I know I'm no where near being ready yet, but I also don't have any way of knowing exactly what "ready" is. I'm asking anyone familiar with the test to please give me a good idea of what is required to pass, as well as anything relevant about the test. Thank you in advance for any information or help you may be able to provide!
Danke Katherle. Das hat mir Spaß gemacht! 13 von 15 richtig für das Lesen! Nun, die weiteren Teile ...
10/15 für die Hörfähigkeit. xD Fast Elf, machte ich aber einen wenigen Fehler. ¬_¬ Das mit dem Taxi fand ich erst bissl verwirren, aber als ich das zweite Mal anhörte, machte es mir noch mehr Sinn. 8) Danke für den Link. Der ist interessant. Vielleicht werd ich eines Tages einen offiziellen deutschen Test machen.
Hi. First of all, I am not familiar with that test, but I have dealt with other tests and I think the difference, especially concerning the A1 level shouldn
t be thaaat different to be able to give you a general glimpse on what one has to know/be able of.
Usually those kind of tests consist of 4 parts : reading, grammar, listening and speaking.
The reading part usually goes like this: you have to read 1-3 texts (for A1 they are rather small and deal with common topics like, Judith wants to become an austronaut, these are her hobbies and her family including her pets. And thats her daily routine. When does she get up? Describe how her best friend looks like etc etc.). Depending on the exam they might include directions like "Judith is here, now you
ve got a map, describe her way to the school". It could be a topic of the A1 exam and of the A2 exam, but I personally have seen it only in A2 exams questionaries.
As for the grammar, you have to fill in sentences with the correct form of the present tense (Präsens), past tense (Präteritum, and maybe they will ask for another form of the past like the Perfekt but I doubt a lot that they will make you compare both tenses which means distinguish both of them in one exercise. Itll be rather seperated). German has various past tenses, so maybe someone else will be able to tell you precisely what tenses you need to know. But I think you can count on the three tenses I mentioned. It also can happen that they will give you a bunch of verbs and you have to choose on your own what verbs fit in. If they are very mean, they will give you a badly constructed sentence and you will have to reorder it correctly with the right conjugation.
The listening text won
t be any different than the reading text. That means the topics will be familiar and simple ones like jobs, family, hobbies etc.
Some exams, not all of them, include a speaking part. I am not sure, but I believe that my exchange partners told me that the Goethe Institut makes them talk during the exam.
You will get a piece of paper with a topic (a familiar one once again, talk about your family, food you like etc.) and in the best youll get some 15-20 minutes of preparation. In the worst case you won
t get the time to prepare :D.
All in all, the A1 exam isnt very hard. You can prepare well for it because the topics are really common. I hope that someone will be able to tell you concretely what grammar you need and if you learn how to conjugate the verbs in those tenses + know when to use them (seperately, not mixed) you`ll be just fine.