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Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2·B1

The Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2·B1 is the right exam for you if you need proof of your language competence when applying for German citizenship. Integration courses end with this exam. But the exam can also be taken by anyone else wishing to do so in Germany.

The Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2·B1 is a dual-level examination which tests general language competence on two levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR. This examination offers you evaluation of your language competence in all four skills - Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. It documents exactly which CEFR level was achieved for each of the four skills.

For young adults aged under 27, attending a youth integration course, we recommend the Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2·B1 (Jugendintegrationskurs).

A2·B1 Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2·B1

What language ability do you need for this exam?

At A2 level you can communicate in a simple way in typical everyday situations. In a familiar context you can hold short conversations. You can use simple grammatical structures correctly. 
You are familiar with topics like dealing with the public authorities, work, shopping, health, children, media and where you live.

At B1 level you can communicate in a simple and connected way in everyday situations. You can describe experiences, hopes and ambitions and give reasons for opinions. On the whole you can use the most important grammatical structures correctly.


What is the structure of the examination?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 100 minutes. The oral exam usually takes place straight after the written exam, without any preparation time.



Written examination Listening 25
Reading 45
Writing 30
Oral Examination usually together with one other candidates 16

* The exam Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and developed in cooperation by the Goethe-Institut and telc gGmbH.

What is expected from you in the examination?

The mock examination Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2-B1 will provide you with detailed information about the examination. It contains a complete test (including the answer key) which you can try out at home or in class. You also learn how the examination is conducted and how the parts Writing and Speaking are evaluated. 

Here you can download Mock examination 1 and the accompanying mp3 files for free. The printed version and the Audio-CD are available in the telc shop.

German Phrase Box

With the cards contained in this box you always find the right words – in everyday life, in class and in the oral examination. The box contains 64 cards with important expressions that are relevant at the level A2-B1. The box follows the principle of a vocabulary learning box with five sections. It allows learners to study vocabulary, language elements and idioms effectively and systematically. The instructions offer practical tips for learners and teachers. Order your box in the telc shop!

Additional Practice Material

We want you to be successful. That is why we help you prepare for the Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2-B1 with an Übungsheft (booklet with exercises), which can be used well throughout the integration course. It is comprised of communicative exercises pertaining to the DTZ topics and prepares for the mock examination. You can order the Übungsheft as well as more mock examinations through the telc shop. Here you can also order the original mock examination which dates back to the development stage of the DTZ:

Additional Information Material

The Learning Objectives (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2-B1, Prüfungsziele, Testbeschreibung) are available as a free download. They contain comprehensive information about vocabulary and grammar requirements. You can also order them in printed form from your local book store (ISBN 978-3-06-020442-7).

How do I prepare myself for the examination?

  1. Gain language competence in language courses or study on your own. Bookshops have excellent course books for use in integration courses.
  1. Familiarise yourself with the procedure and types of subtests of the Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2/B1 examination. The mock examination, the practice booklet, the practice test and the brochure on learning objectives (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2-B1, Prüfungsziele, Testbeschreibung) will help you with this.

What does the examination cost?

If the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) does not pay for the exam, please contact your examination centre for further information.

When can I take the examination?

telc sets the exam dates. Please enquire at your examination centre when the next exam is scheduled.

Where can I take the examination?

At private and public language schools authorised by the GermanBundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge.

How long does it take for me to get my telc certificate?

75% of the certificates are sent out to the examination centre 2 weeks after the complete documents have arrived at the telc Head Office in Frankfurt.

Can I repeat the examination?

Yes, you can repeat the exam as often as you wish. You have to repeat the whole exam, both written and oral parts.