Zertifikat Deutsch

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The Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD) is an internationally recognized exam of German language ability. It tests for a level of ability equivalent to level B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.[1] Candidates typically need between 300 and 600 hours of instruction in German in order to obtain the necessary fluency to pass the Zertifikat Deutsch exam.[1]

Some organizations have changed the name of this exam, for example the Goethe-Institut, which has called it Goethe-Zertifikat B1 since May 2013,[2][1][3] but others still use the original name.[4][5]

The Zertifikat Deutsch exam is tailored to the needs of adult students of German, regardless of whether they are inside or outside a German-speaking country. Another exam, the Zertifikat Deutsch für Jugendliche (ZD j), is tailored to adolescent students of German.

The Zertifikat Deutsch is the result of a joint collaboration between the Goethe Institute, the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD), the Schweizer Erziehungsdirektorenkonferenz (EDK) and WBT Weiterbildungs-Testsysteme gGmbH, later renamed telc GmbH (i.e.The European Language Certificates).

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  1. ^ a b c "Language institute IfS in Germany, Kassel. German exams and certificates - Institut für Sprachen". www.ifs-kassel.de. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Goethe-Zertifikat B1 - Goethe-Institut". www.goethe.de. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Deutschprüfungen - - Goethe-Institut". www.goethe.de. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Sprachenakademie Aachen - Sprachkurse und -prüfungen für Studienbewerber, Studenten, Berufstätige und Akademiker". www.spraachen.org. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Centren, Carl Duisberg. "Deutschprüfungen Allgemeinsprache". www.carl-duisberg-deutschkurse.de. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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