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

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Levels of German @ GLS Campus Berlin

We teach German on all levels all year round - ranging from beginners to advanced (levels as defined by the Common European Reference Framework: A = elementary, B = intermediate, C = advanced). No matter what level you are on right now, you can start your German course in our school in Berlin 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?

Check the table below to see how many weeks you'll need to get from one level to the next. Per level, about 160 lessons are needed.


Standard course
(20 lessons/week)
Intensive course
(30 lessons/week)
you can take @ GLS (see below**)
A1beginner8 weeks5 weeks
A2elementary8 weeks5 weekstelc A2**
B1intermediate8 weeks5 weekstelc B1**
B2upper intermediate8 weeks5 weekstelc B2**
Goethe B2
C1advanced8 weeks5 weekstelc C1**
Goethe C1
C2highly competent8 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.