German language levels - how long it takes to reach a level

How
long
DOES
it take?

Levels of German @ GLS Campus Berlin

We teach German on all levels ranging from beginners to advanced (levels as defined by the Common European Reference Framework: A = elementary, B = intermediate, C = advanced). German courses at the GLS German Language school in Berlin run on all levels all year round: so no matter what level you are on right now, you can start any Monday you like. A placement test - consisting of a written and an oral part on your first Monday - will make sure that you will be learning with others of a similar level.

How long does it take to learn German?*

Lessons
à 45
minutes*
Standard
course

(20/week)
Intensive
course

(30/week)
Exams
you can take @ GLS (see below**)
A1You understand and can answer simple questionsca. 1608 weeks5 weeks
A2You are able to participate in everyday conversationsca. 1608 weeks5 weekstelc A2**
B1You can read and write simple texts without errors.ca. 1608 weeks5 weekstelc B1**
B2You are able to participate in demanding discussionsca. 1608 weeks5 weekstelc B2**
Goethe B2
C1You can produce essays and read newspapers and literature.ca. 1608 weeks5 weekstelc C1**
TestDaF**
Goethe C1
C2You can speak German fluently and understand even idiomatic expressions.ca. 1608 weeks5 weekstelc C2
Goethe C2

 

* The data in the table are approximate data. How long it will take you to reach a certain level will also depend on individual factors like previous learning experience. 

An example: If you finished level  A2 and want to do TestDaF, which is closing off level C1, you will need ca. 6 months, taking the standard course, or - if you want to invest less time - ca. 4 months taking the intensive course

** Exams you can take at GLS in Berlin

telc exams in Berlin at GLS German Language School

The GLS German Language School is an official testing center for telc Deutsch certificates and TestDaF.