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GERMAN - TELC & GOETHE-INSTITUT CERTIFICATES

alpha beta piccadilly is the official exam centre for the internationally recognised telc German language exams in South Tyrol.

telc & Goethe-Institut German language exams are recognised in South Tyrol as a valid alternative to the South Tyrolean bilingual exam. alpha beta piccadilly organises preparation courses for both telc & Goethe exams. alpha beta piccadilly is a test centre for the telc exams, whereas Goethe Institut exams are organised by the province.

All telc & Goethe-Institut German language exams are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1 bis C2).
telc Deutsch / Start Deutsch A 1
telc Deutsch A 1 / Start Deutsch 1 is a language exam developed jointly by telc and the Goethe-Institut aimed at testing basic knowledge of German. It is aimed at adults and youngsters of 16 and over. telc Deutsch A1 / Start Deutsch 1 is at Level A 1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

The exam is divided into two parts:
Written exam: Listening, Reading and Writing (about 65 minutes)
- Oral exam (about 15 minutes)

The oral exam is taken in groups and has three parts:
- presenting yourself
- asking for and giving information
- making and responding to requests

Further information and sample papers
telc Deutsch A 2 / Start Deutsch 2
telc Deutsch A 2 / Start Deutsch 2 is a language exam developed jointly by telc and the Goethe-Institut aimed at testing basic knowledge of German. It is aimed at adults and youngsters of 16 and over. telc Deutsch A2 is at Level A 2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

telc Deutsch A2 is recognised in South Tyrol as being equivalent to the local bilingual examination D.

The exam is divided into two parts:
- Written exam: Listening, Reading and Writing (approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes)
- Oral exam (approx: 15 minutes)

The oral exam is done in groups and has three parts:
- presenting yourself
- asking and answering questions about an everyday topic
- planning something together with your partner

Further information and sample papers

Exam dates, cost & enrolments
Information: Office for Bilingualism and Foreign Languages
Neubruchweg 2 - 39100 Bozen / Via del Ronco, 2 - 39100 Bolzano
tel. 0471/411273
fax 0471/411279
telc Deutsch B 1 / Zertifikat Deutsch
telc Deutsch B 1 / Zertifikat Deutsch demonstrates that you have a sound basic knowledge of everyday German and that you have the language skills required for dealing with all kinds of different situations encountered every day.

The exam is set at Level B 1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability and is aimed at adults and youngsters of 16 and over. At this level a typical candidate can understand the details of important information conveyed in conversations, public announcements and radio reports, fully understand important information provided in newspaper articles, statistics and everyday descriptions, write logical private or semi-formal messages, such as letters or e-mails, hold a simple conversation on a topic of personal interest, briefly give their views on it and respond appropriately to a partner’s opinion, report on something, make a suggestion or agree on something in everyday situations.

telc Deutsch B1 is recognised in South Tyrol as being equivalent to the local bilingual examination C.

The exam is divided into two parts:
Written exam: Listening, Reading and Writing (approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes)
- Reading comprehension (1 hour and 30 minutes): reading classified advertisements and a longer report or factual text and then doing realistic exercises on them.
- Cloze test: filling in the gaps in a letter by selecting the right word from a number of possibilities offered.
- Listening (30 minutes): listening to brief conversations, announcements and a longer interview and then doing exercises on them
- Written production (30 minutes): writing a personal or formal letter
Oral exam (approx. 15 minutes + 20 minutes preparation)
introducing yourself, passing on the information contained in a diagram, picture or text and talking to your partner about an everyday topic. During the dialogue, candidates have to respond to questions, express opinions and make suggestions.

Further information and sample papers

Exam dates
- March (enrolment deadline mid February)
- June (enrolment deadline mid May)
- September (enrolment deadline mid August)
- December (enrolment deadline mid November)

Enrolments: at alpha beta piccadilly Bolzano / Bozen and Merano / Meran

Enrolment form

Cost: € 102

Preparation for the exam: we offer preparation courses for this exam
telc Deutsch B 2
The telc Deutsch B 2 exam requires advanced language skills. telc Deutsch B 2 is at Level B 2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability and is aimed at adults and youngsters of 16 and over. telc Deutsch B 2 is recognised in South Tyrol as being equivalent to the local bilingual examination B.

At this level a typical candidate can follow the main content of specific and abstract topics and obtain relevant information from them (i.e. radio broadcasts), understand a wide range of texts, both shorter simple texts (such as advertisements) and longer, more complex factual texts, commentaries and reports, express themselves clearly and in a structured way in writing on the subject of complex matters and also correct mistakes in texts written by other people, give clearly structured oral comments on general subjects and topics of particular interest to them, take an active part in discussions on subjects they know about, taking up a position and presenting their own point of view.

The exam is divided into two parts:
Written exam: (approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes)
- Reading comprehension: Language Elements (vocabulary and grammar)
- Listening
- Written production (30 minutes)
Oral exam (approx. 15 minutes + 20 minutes preparation)
Candidates demonstrate that they can express themselves fairly correctly and coherently and that they are capable of taking part in conversations without any difficulty.

Further information and sample papers

Exam dates
- March (enrolment deadline mid February)
- June (enrolment deadline mid May)
- September (enrolment deadline mid August)
- December (enrolment deadline mid November)
 
Enrolments: at alpha beta piccadilly Bolzano / Bozen and Merano / Meran

Enrolment form

Preparation for the examwe offer preparation courses for this exam

Cost: € 116
Goethe-Zertifikat C 1
The Goethe-Zertifikat C1 exam calls for very advanced language skills and is at level C 1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability and is aimed at adults and youngsters of 16 and over. Goethe-Zertifikat C 1 is recognised in South Tyrol as being equivalent to the local bilingual examination A.

Language learners at this level can easily understand relatively long radio talks and radio programmes, understand a wide range of written texts, including longer, more complex factual texts, commentaries and reports, express themselves clearly and logically in essays on complex issues, choosing the right kind of expression to appeal to the reader, verbally express themselves spontaneously and fluently, state their own opinions, formulate their thoughts and views precisely and make detailed contributions of their own.

The exam is divided into two parts:
Written exam (approx. 3 hours and 35 minutes):
- Reading comprehension (1 hour and 40 minutes)
- Listening (55 minutes)
- Written production (1 hour)
Oral exam (approx. 16 minutes)
Candidates demonstrate that they can express themselves correctly and are capable of taking part in conversations without any difficulty, commenting briefly on a short text and trying to find a solution in a project with their partner.

Further information and practice tests

Preparation for the examwe offer preparation courses for this exam

Exam centres: information on where to take the exam can be found here
Goethe-Zertifikat C 2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom
The Goethe-Zertifikat C 2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom calls for highly advanced linguistic skills and is at Level C 2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability and is aimed at adults and youngsters of 16 and over.

Language learners at this level can easily understand everything they read and hear in German, summarize information from various written and spoken sources, logically recounting the reasons and explanations, spontaneously express themselves with great fluency and accuracy and formulate the right nuances in meaning even when dealing with complex topics, as well as analyzing literary texts and answering demanding questions about them.

The exam is divided into four parts:
- Reading (80 minutes): 
  read and understand specialised non-fiction texts, commentaries, reports and advertisements effortlessly and grasp their implicit meaning, even when the texts are abstract, contain complex language and deal with complicated topics.
- Writing (80 minutes):   
  reword parts of a short report and write a text on a general topic or a topic related to a piece of literature such as a well-structured letter to the editor or book review.
- Listening (35 minutes):
  listen to reports and media coverage, informal discussions and interviews with experts all spoken at a natural speed.
- Speaking (approx. 15 minutes):
  Give a presentation on a complex topic such as globalisation and, in doing so, demonstrate an ability to respond to questions which require explaining lines of argument by using further examples. Take part in a discussion on a second topic in which you explain whether you are for or against a particular statement, respond to counter-arguments and try to convince your conversation partner of your position.

Further information and sample papers

Preparation for the examwe offer preparation courses for this exam

Exam centres: information on where to take the exam can be found here
Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch 2
The Goethe-Zertifikat A 2: Fit in Deutsch 1 is a German exam for children and young people between 10 and 16 years of age. It certifies that candidates have acquired very basic language skills and corresponds to the second level (A 2) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The exam is divided into four parts:
- Listening (30 minutes)
- Reading (30 minutes)
- Writing (30 minutes)
- Speaking (15 minutes): the oral exam is taken in groups and has three parts: presenting yourself, asking for and giving information, making and responding to requests

Further information and sample papers

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