Goethe Exams FAQ

How often do you offer Goethe Exams?
The GAI offers testing for all levels four times a year: January, April, July and October. If you need to take the exam outside of our scheduled exam dates, please contact us to set up an individual appointment (additional fees apply).

Do you have to take the exam in-person?
Yes. All exams are administered onsite at the GAI (301 Summit Ave) and are proctored by trained and Goethe-Institut certified language examiners.

What level should I take?
We encourage you to look at the mock exams of the Goethe-Institut to see which level is most appropriate for you.  We also offer targeted tutoring for the exams.

How long does it take to receive the results?
Typically, exam takers will receive their results 4 to 6 weeks after the exam date. However, several parties at the GAI and the Goethe-Institut are involved and occasionally receiving the results may take longer. If you need your results by a certain day, please contact us beforehand to discuss options.

Why is the Goethe exam so pricey?
Conducting the exams is an immense administrative endeavor. In addition to paying a fee to the Goethe-Institut for each test taken, our proctors have to attend training sessions for each of the six levels and get recertified every five years for each test. Several hours of grading work go on top of the time spent with the candidates and a minimum of two proctors are involved in each test.

Are you offering the TestDaf exam?
We are in the process becoming a TestDaf examination center. The GAI does not have a start date for testing yet.

Which exam do I need in order to study in Germany?
Unfortunately there is no one-fits-all answer to this question as this depends on the university and the program you are looking to enroll in. About 40% of German universities and colleges accept a C1 Goethe certificate for enrollment, others may have a higher requirement or only accept different exams. We recommend contacting the Akademisches Auslandsamt of the universities you are interested in to find out more.

How often can I retake the exam if I don’t pass the first time?
There is no limit to the number of times the exam can be taken.