German Language Certificates - which one is for you?
You will get a GLS certificate after having finished your course at the GLS German language school in Berlin. Our certificate documents your level of German on the European Framework scale A1 - C2 and is free of charge, unlike telc, TestDaF or Goethe certificates. Many employers in Berlin accept a GLS certificate, but it has no worldwide recognition. If you want that, we recommend an official German language certificate like telc or TestDaF.
- "How long will it take me before I can do exam xyz?" Check this chart!
telc German A2
telc German B1
telc German B2 / Goethe B2
telc C1 Hochschule / TestDaF - for university studies
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)
TestDaF & telc: GLS is an official test center in Berlin
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