Certificate description

The Goethe Certificate C2 Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) is a German examination for adults. It attests to a very highly advanced language level and corresponds to the highest level (C2) of the six-level proficiency scale of the Common European Reference Framework for languages (CEFR).

Target group

You have attended the level C2 German course and ideally the C2 examination training and would like to complete your skills with a certificate.


You are at language level C2 according to the Common European Reference Framework.

Language ability:

  • You understand almost everything that you hear or read in German.
  • You can summarise information from various written and spoken sources and in doing so express justifications and explanations in a coherent presentation.
  • You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely and make the finer shades of meaning clear in complex issues.


Goethe Certificate C2

Information concerning examinations

You have the possibility of completing single modules. You will find the various possibilities and costs under the heading "Exam details at a glance".

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 full results will be released only after the examination fee has been paid


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ca. 35 minutes
80 minutes
80 minutes
15 minutes           
Testing fee CHF 450.-


We are happy to offer you a personal consultation!


Birgit Czisla

Advisement and Admission

Tel. +41 61 202 12 10



Exam details at a glance


Please read carefully the following terms: 

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