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

How
long
DOES
it take?

Levels of German

We teach German on 7 levels ranging from A0 to C2 - as defined by the Common European Reference Framework (CERF). German courses in Berlin run on all 7 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
A0You don´t speak or understand German
A1You understand and can answer simple questionsca. 160*8 weeks5 weeks
A2You are able to participate in everyday conversationsca. 1608 weeks5 weeks
B1You can read and write simple texts without errors.ca. 1608 weeks5 weeksGoethe B1
B2You are able to participate in demanding discussionsca. 1608 weeks5 weeksGoethe B2
C1You can produce essays and read newspapers and literature.ca. 1608 weeks5 weeksGoethe C1
TestDaF
C2You can speak German fluently and understand even idiomatic expressions.ca. 1608 weeks5 weeksGoethe 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 learning experience or time budget. 

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, and ca. 4 months taking the intensive course