GOAL #4: Pass the B1 German Test.
Friday, 1 April 2011
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.)
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…