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German {Goethe Institute Language Exams}


Goethe test


TCU is an official testing center for the internationally recognized language certification exams of the Goethe Institut. Dr. Cynthia Chapa and Dr. Scott Williams of TCU are certified examiners for the levels A1, A2, B1 (in German also called the "Zertifikat Deutsch" or "ZD"), B2, and C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


According to German law, the spouse of a person in Germany on a work visa must show at least A level language proficiency to obtain a residence permit. For information on visa requirements, contact the German consulate.


We are excited to announce that the department offers exams not only to majors and minors but will also now be giving students completing the lower division 4 semester cycle the opportunity to take the appropriate certification exam.


We administer tests twice a year:

  1. end of April / start of May
  2. end of November / start of December

Contact Dr. Scott G. Williams for information (817 257-7163).


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

(Levels in bold indicate exams given here at TCU)





Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.




Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.  Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.





Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.



We are integrating the Goethe levels into how we approach our own courses. In dealing with German-language companies and other entities, we feel our students will be better served having demonstrated their abilities according to the standards adopted in German-speaking countries. There is still debate about exact equivalences between the proficiency scales of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) and the Institute for the International Education of Students or IES Abroad; below you will find our working equivalences and our goals for our students:


IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication Levels compared to
Common European Framework (CEFR) and
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Levels

Progress in level expected of the average student in TCU German courses.
Students who excel will complete the course at a higher level.

IES Abroad



TCU German

101   102   


Novice Low -
Novice Mid

GRMN 10153
A1.0 - A1.1

201  202


Novice Mid -Novice High

GRMN 10163
A1.1 - A1.2

Emerging Independent


Novice High -
Intermediate Low

GRMN 10173
A1.2 - A2.1

Emerging Independent
302, 303


Intermediate Low - Intermediate Mid

GRMN 20063
A2.1 - A2.2



Intermediate Mid -Intermediate High

GRMN 30053
A2.2 - B1.1/B1.2

352 353


Intermediate High -
Advanced Low

GRMN 30063
A2.2 - B1.1/B1.2

Emerging Competent


Advanced Low - Advanced Mid

GRMN 40063
B1.2 - B2.1

Emerging Competent
402, 403


Advanced-Mid - Advanced High

GRMN 40193
B2.1 - B2.2



Website of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Website of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language