Which German Language Certificate for which Purpose?

You will get a certificate after having finished your course at the GLS German Language School in Berlin, that documents your level of German on the European Framework scale A1 - C2. The certificate issued by GLS is free of charge, unlike TestDaF, telc or Goethe certificates. Many employers and institutions in Berlin accept a GLS B2 certificate as proof of sufficient German, but it has no worldwide recognition. If you want that, we recommend an official certificate like telc or TestDaF.

GLS is an official testing center in Berlin

The GLS German language school in Berlin is a testing center for telc Deutsch certificates and TestDaF: more about prep courses and testing dates

Goethe or telc exam??

Wondering which exam to take? Read more at the bottom of this page

telc Deutsch A2

helpful if you want to get a residence permit for Germany 

telc Deutsch B1

for some university studies in music or art or if you want to apply for German citizenship 

telc Deutsch B2 or Goethe B2

both accepted by most employers in Germany

Goethe C1

accepted by basicly all employers 

telc C1 Hochschule or TestDaF

both for admission to universities in Germany. TestDaF and telc C1 Hochschule are equivalent (In 2016 the certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule was officially recognized as proof of language skills for admission to German universities by the members of the German Rectors' and Cultural Ministers’ Conference) 

Goethe C2

for non-native speakers teaching German

Goethe or telc? Which exam should I take??

Are you wondering which exam to take? What the differences are? To make it short: there are no significant differences, and as both - Goethe and telc - are recognized testing bodies, just take the exam that suits you better in terms of testing dates and/or price (telc exams tend to be cheaper than the Goethe ones). 

Some background info: telc is an official testing body headquarted in Frankfurt: more. telc tests 10 languages, the Goethe Institue only German. As far as the German tests go, the testing formats are very similar, albeit not identical. Both are paper-based, with a written and an oral part.

Goethe exams can be taken only at a Goethe Institute, telc exams at testing centers worldwide. GLS is a telc testing center in Berlin. See our testing dates here