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


& the time you need to reach them

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 - 180 lessons are needed.

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Standard course
(20 lessons/week)
Intensive course
(30 lessons/week)
you can take @ GLS (see below)
A1beginner8 weeks6 weeks 
A2elementary8 weeks6 weeks 
B1intermediate8 weeks6 weekstelc B1
B2upper intermediate10 weeks*6 weeks*telc B2
Goethe B2
C1advancedindividual6 weeks*telc C1
Goethe C1
C2highly competentindividualindividualtelc C2
Goethe C2

The data in the table are approximate data. Depending on the speed of the group, it may take longer to complete the respective skill level. Quick learners have the opportunity to change groups (after consultation with the teacher).

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.