German-Exam for citizenship 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.

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

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.

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.

You are familiar with topics like dealing with the public authorities, work, shopping, health, children, media and where you live.

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






25 minutes

45 minutes

50 minutes

Oral Examination

usually together with one other candidate

16 minutes

* 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 GmbH.

Practice material

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find out the details of the exam by looking at the mock examination Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2/B1. This is a complete test (with answer key), which you can try out at home or in your lessons. In addition, you can read about the exam procedure and how the written test and oral performance are rated.

You can download the mock examination and the relevant MP3 files here free of charge. The printed version and the Audio-CD are available in the telc shop.

Download mock examination (PDF 1,5 MB)

Download listening texts (MP3, 11,2 MB)

German Phrase Box

With the telc flash cards you always have the right words to hand. Whether for everyday and classroom use or preparation for the Oral Examination, the Phrase Box contains 64 flash cards with key phrases featured at level A2-B1. The Phrase Box is based on the concept of a five-level flash card system; allowing you to learn vocabulary, sentence structure and common phrases in an effective and methodical way. The instructions provide practical tips for students and teachers alike.

Practice Material

We want you to be successful. To support you in preparing for the Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2/B1, we have produced a practice booklet (Übungsheft) that you can use long before your integration course ends. It contains the kinds of topics and communicative tasks you’ll find in the Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2/B1 and prepares you for the mock examination. You can order it from the telc shop. Here is a download to give you an idea of what you can expect: 

Sneak preview Übungsheft DTZ (PDF, 301 KB)


Furthermore, telc offers you two additional practice tests. You can order them from the telc shop. Click here to download Übungstest 1 free of charge:

Download mock examination (PDF, 1,4 MB)

Download listening texts (MP3, 11,2 MB)

Additional material

The brochure describing learning objectives (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2-B1, Prüfungsziele, Testbeschreibung) gives you detailed information about the necessary vocabulary and grammar skills you need and is available as a download.  You can also order the printed version under ISBN 978-3-06-020442-7 from a bookshop.

Download learning objectives (PDF, 770 KB)