Goethe’s B1 test is a milestone for those learning German! Specially when it comes to preparing for studying or working in Germany. According to the Goethe-Institute, those who have a B1 certificate from Goethe Institute can: 1. use standard language for discussing day-to-day topics such as occupation, school, leisure, etc. 2. meet the needs on trips to the German-speaking countries. 3. express opinion coherently about specific topics and personal interests.


What are 4 parts of the Goethe B1 Test?


Lesen


Lesen (Reading)

The Reading section consists of five parts for which you have 65 minutes. We suggest you arrange your timing in a way that you will end up with some 5 minutes of extra time in the end to check the unanswered questions once and see if you can find the answer to those.
The first point is that it’s not necessary to memorize all the B1 level words in order to succeed this test. It is actually more important to understand the totality of the texts. But if you have enough time on the test day, go through your self-made list of vocabulary once or twice.

Section 1&2

In Sections 1 and 2, the questions are in the same order as the text. Please first take a look at the text and skim read it to understand the topic. Nothing more! Then read the questions and then start quickly reading the text to find the parts which have the answers to each question. You will soon realize that by proceeding through the text, answers start to become clear one by one. When you find your answer to each question, select it and move on to the next part of the paragraph. If you could not find the answer to one test do not worry. Often, you will find the answer after finishing all the text.

Section 3 (Anzeige)

In this section, you need to connect text blocks to several advertisements/articles. Only one of these texts is not suitable. You need to type a zero for that one.

Very often, the question fully describes what you should be looking for. Therefore, you should always read the question carefully.

Section 4 (Ja/nein)

This part is probably the easiest part of the exam. In this section, you must specify that the opinion of a group of people about a specific topic is positive or negative, a “yes” or a “no”. Read the text and answer accordingly. If you could not understand the text after reading it, do not worry. In this section, you can test the rest of the questions by reading the example. In fact, you can find the answer by comparing the example with the rest of the questions.

An important point is that “yes” does not mean as agreement, nor does “No” mean the disagreement! Very often The question is asked in a negative manner! So you need to read the question carefully.

Section 5

In this section you need to read the text and answer four questions. The difference between this section and the first two sections is that here the questions are not in the same order of the text. Just like before, take a brief look at the text and locate various topics across the text. Then read the questions and try to spot the relevant section of the text.


Hören


This section is proven to be rather tougher to score for many participants. Because you here the audio once and you cannot go through it again and again, unlike the reading section. To strengthen your general comprehension, it is said that its great to listen to German radio or watch German movies, cartoons, etc. Well, this might be true! But in order to prepare for the test, we suggest targeted practice. That means when you practice on your own, focus on the questions which you have answered incorrectly, and go through the listening part and find the right answer to those questions. When you do this repeatedly, you realize that the answers are usually in a particular framework and in between the lines! When at home, practice in noise areas and not with the headphones! At the test, there will be extra noise, other test takers or yourself might cough, drop something, etc! Do not get too used to perfect sound situation.


Section 1

There are ten questions. Each two questions are related to one audio. One of the two questions is the “Right or wrong” test and the other question is a multiple choice. The good thing is that the audio of this section is played twice! This makes life easier. 

A suggestion: you do not need to listen to the instructions if you are familiar with the test! You can use the first 2-3 minutes to go through the questions of section one while the audio is explaining the instructions.

Section 2

In section II, according to the experience, test takers usually answer the first and second questions, they miss the third and fourth questions and answer the fifth question, because they really are not easy. We suggest that you listen more carefully than reading the answers and missing to hear the audio!

Section 3

This section consists of conversations between two or three persons and seven “true or false” questions. The audio of this section is played once. You can get a very good score in this part. The only tricky point of this part is, in my opinion, the voice recognition. When you reach this section, you do not have to waste time listening to the instructions. Please skim read the questions and try to understand how many people are involved in the conversation (often two people and sometimes three people) and what are their gender. Pay a lot of attention to their voice and try to memorize how each of them sounds! Because the audio is played once and the part with the introduction of the characters passes quickly, you need to be alert!

We suggest you write a distinctive feature of the voice above the name of each character. For example: thin, thick, high, low, nasal, throaty, childish, etc.

Section 4

In this section, two people are interviewed on a certain topic. You must specify which of the eight sentences given to you belongs to which of them! You can easily get a high score on this section if you follow the following tricks:

Listen to the instruction carefully. Towards the end, the interviewees will be introduced and often it is rather easy to guess their opinion/stance on matters just by knowing their profession/specialty! Of course, not always, but very often this is the case.

Just like previous section, you need to recognise the voices very well.

Questions in this section are often not exactly reflecting the speech, but rather touch upon the idea! But often you have one or two keywords that help you solve the problem. Of course, you should pay attention to the sentence mentioned, you may use two of these keywords.


Schreiben


This section contains three parts: writing two letters and one comment. If you practice for this section, you will definitely get a good score. Let’s go through the tricks:

When practicing for this part, try to memorise a series of specific sentences and phrases for each section and always use them. These sentences also help you increase your count of words to the required number! For example, for the comment section, you can write “This topic is a very interesting one”. You can also get help from your teacher to compose these phrases.

Please use a readable hand writing! If you compose great texts, but unreadable, then you cannot get a good score. Do not forget about punctuation! It is important to use the right punctuations to get a good score.


Section 1

In this section, you usually need to write to a friend of yours (friendly letter) and explain something to her/him. The question in this section asks you to touch upon three matters! Please do so and do not miss any of the three!

Section 2

In this section, you get a topic and you should write your comment about it. In this section you also see the opinion of another person on this topic and you should use her/his opinion too and comment it!

Firstly, if you do not understand the subject, the comment helps you to understand what the whole deal is about!

Please refer to that person in your comment. For example, say I agree with or I disagree with the opinion that …

Section 3

You usually have to write an official letter to one organisation or one person. This section is very short but for which you have ten minutes! Well, if you are prepared, even two minutes will be enough. If you manage to be quick in this section, you can use the time for proofreading the previous sections.


Sprechen


You are asked to introduce yourself. This is a very important part because right here you will leave a first impression. Take time for this section and present a brief description of yourself including your name, the fields of interest, what you do, etc. practice this introduction, but at the meeting try to improvise a bit and do not just say exactly what you have memorised.

You do not have a creative meeting here, so do not use new words or structures! Stay within your realm of knowledge and practice. You have 15 minutes of preparation time for all of the speaking section. You can distribute this time evenly between all three sections, so 5 minutes of preparation time for each section.


Section 1

You need to plan an event with your Partner, such as the birthday of a friend or visiting a friend in a new city, etc. During the preparation time (five minutes) you should not write everything down but write the keywords. Try to be the one to start talking, but if you do not manage to, it is OK. Keep calm and listen to your partner.

Section 2

Be sure to read the question/instruction carefully, because it describes a series of topics you need to touch upon. If your partner is weaker than you, try to help her/him. Because if she/he cannot keep up talking to you, you end up talking to the examiner! Do not use sophisticated words which might trouble your partner.

Section 3

In this section you need to give comments about the presentation of your partner. You can always have few sentences ready for this section. For example, “you did a great presentation’’, or ‘’What I liked in your presentation was …’. As soon as your partner starts talking, try to gather few questions. It might be that the examiner interrupts her and ask you something. So be alert.

General Points

Enter the test room with a smile.

Do not speak English at all. 

Speak with confidence

If you notice that you said something incorrectly, then correct it.

Do not get distracted by the note that your examiners are taking! Focus on your tasks.

Have a watch with you

The sequence of the exam is not always the same!