GOAL #4: Pass the B1 German Test.

It’s April 1st! Happy April Fool’s Day! One of my favorite persons- my Dad- was born 60 years ago today- Happy Birthday Dad!

(no, this is not an April Fools’ Day joke, today really is my father’s 60th birthday.) 🙂

How I spend the majority of my time these days. (Image Credit: kg-consultants.com)

Ok, now on to the 4th GOAL in our 2011 GOALS series: Pass the B1 German test.

2 weeks from today I will celebrate the end of just over 6 tedious horrible long months of intensive (20-25 hours a week, plus homework) German classes by sitting for the “Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2 / B1” test.

So.. what the heck is that you might ask, and why are you taking it?

The “Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer A2 / B1 (DTZ)”, or “German Test for Immigrants A2/B1” (which replaced the “Zertifikat Deutsch B1” as an immigration test in 2009),  is a German language assessment test that is put together by a partnership of the Goethe Institute and Telc GmbH. Students are assessed on their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. After the test is complete, if their results are good enough, the student will be award with either a A2 or the higher, B1, German language certificate. The certificate is required for those who wish to become German citizens and helpful for those who wish to work or study in Germany.

To answer the question that many might be wondering right now- no. I have no plans of ever becoming a German citizen. I have nothing against Germany, but I am also proud to be an American and would never give up my US citizenship. I am also not taking the test in order to work or study in Germany.

So… why am I taking it?

Simple. I’m stubborn. We first started German classes in the fall per the suggestion of Drew’s employer in order to make  life as expats in Germany a little easier on us. The more German you understand = the easier it is live in Germany. As we are currently here on a 3-5 year work contract,  I didn’t feel the need to continue indefinitely with classes until I reached near native fluency, although I did want to challenge myself by setting an obtainable goal for my studies. Enter in the now infamous B1 test, or Prüfung “auf Deutsch”. It’s the final exam that that language institute where I currently take courses offers at the end of the 6th German course, or after completing all of the B1 coursework. Passing the DTZ test with the result of a B1 certificate has been my goal all along. I’m determined, and as I said, a bit stubborn. And so, I decided that, in order to give me extra incentive to continue through with it, I would make it one of my 2011 Goals this year. So there you have it.

2 weeks left until the day of truth. Will I pass the test- and even more importantly- what score will I receive? A2? B1? none of the above (aka- less than A2)? We will see!

I will add that I am only planning to take the test once (it isn’t free and studying for it takes a long time!). The “technical” GOAL in my 2011 list is to pass with a B1 score, although I’ve since modified that a bit to the following: study hard for the test, sit for the test, do the best I can and be happy with whatever score I receive.

I’ll let you know how it goes…

11 Responses to “GOAL #4: Pass the B1 German Test.”

  1. Emily writes:

    Good for you! Go for it. I wish you well. Your German skills have probably already surpassed mine—I didn’t take quite as much as you. Studying and continuing to practice German has made a HUGE difference in my comfort level and I hope will for you, too. We had neighbors over last night and spoke all in German and it felt so good to be able to make that connection with them. We have been here a year this week! When I look back I can’t believe how much I’ve learned. Have a great week. Enjoy spring!

  2. Tom writes:

    Good luck! Is there a recommended textbook for the course? Any German resource recommendations would be much appreciate! 🙂


  3. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    Thanks! As far as German resource recommendation are concerned… I wouldn’t recommend the book we use in our class- there are better ones out there. But- here is one good resource- a website put out by the German Government related to language learning. There are even free online classes on that site! Here’s the link: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,,2547,00.html

  4. Dorathi writes:

    GO GET EM, LISA!!! 🙂 I’m rootin for ya, and proud of you for stickin through it, regardless of the test results. You’re better at German. Mission accomplished. Though I am rootin for the B1 cert. 🙂 YAY YOU!!!

  5. Jason writes:

    I can’t wait to hear out it turned out for you. I too recently took the B1 Prüfung (May 14th) and am waiting on pins and needles for the results. Best of luck!

  6. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    Thanks! I actually just got the results back recently and plan to post a blog post soon about them. Stay tuned! 🙂

  7. Brinkman writes:

    Hey, I found your site while googling the B1 test. Best of luck, I hope someday to be a German citizen. I’m currently using Rosetta Stone levels 1-5, I hope I can make it!

  8. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    Good luck! 🙂

  9. RobbinLara writes:

    Ok so…where is the blog with the results for your test? I am currently enrolled in school here in Hessen (Erfelden) and took the A1 test with 73% result and am currently studying for the B1 and need all the tips and advice I can get. In fact if anyone lives near Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Goddelau or Wolfskehlen and can help me out here is my email robbinlara@gmail.com

  10. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    Hi RobbinLara, you can find the blog post where I discuss my results here: http://bluecakesblog.com/?p=1824
    Best wishes with your b1 test! 🙂

  11. Redbonita writes:

    Hello Lisa,I am another American living here with my German husband in Dortmund.I was smiling when I was reading your Email you sound just like me real stubburn lol.I tooked the A-1 A-2 and passed I was not Interesting in go Higher on B-1 because I don’t need it nor I will never become a Germany citizen while I have the best.nevetherless I took the German Course as my own free will was a real challenge knowing already 4 other languages.I met many nice people along the way.im here for now but im not staying here forever,im here for love not because im in need of Germany.it was so nice to see someone that is similar to me living here in germany and that you’re an American,many people tell me if i am crazy coming from the states to be living in Germany there is a big different.I said maybe i am but love make a person blind.I really miss Home and AppleBee’s lol..so nice to to have read ur email.may God bless your family and your adventures!


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