Certificate description

Start German 1 is a German examination for adults. It attests to very basic language skills and corresponds to the first level (A1) of the six-level proficiency scale of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR).

Target group

You have attended the level A1 German course and would like to complete your skills with a certificate.


You are at language level A1 according to the Common European Reference Framework.

Language ability:

  • You can make yourself understood in a simple way if the conversation partners speak slowly and clearly.
  • You understand familiar, everyday and popular expressions as well as simple sentences.
  • You can introduce yourself and ask other people about themselves.


Goethe Certificate A1 – Start German 1

General information about the examination

  • The examination fee must be paid 10 days before the examination date at the latest.
  • If you de-register with us fewer than 20 days before the examination, we will have to charge you 50% of the examination fee. If you de-register 10 days or fewer before the examination or do not attend the exam, we will charge 100% of the examination fee.
  • Your personal examination plan will be sent to you 10 days before the exam.
  • Please bring your identity card and your receipt for the examination fee with you on the day of the exam.
  • The results will be announced approximately 4 weeks after the test.


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65 minutes                                                                      
15 minutes            
Testing fee CHF 180.-


We are happy to offer you a personal consultation!


Brigitte Pirovano


Tel. +41 61 202 12 04



Exam details at a glance


Please read carefully the following terms: 

Goethe-Exam Guidelines   Goethe-Terms and Conditions ...   Goethe-Declaration of Consent ...

Should you have missed the closing date, please contact Brigitte Pirovano.