Test your German cheap! How to pay 50% and less for a German proof

Save good money on a German language test & certificate

Since I have already had several requests for certification, I will summarize my knowledge: in this article I will show you some known ways to test your German, even at beginner level.

As soon as I have found out about new options to save the money and hassle, I will add them to this article. If you wish to be informed about them, feel free to leave your address in my personal contact list.


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A real case from my work experience: Vadim (Blue Card holder) has been working in Germany for almost three years, or to be more precise for 32 months. He intends to have his temporary residence permit (Blue Card) changed into an permanent one (settlement permit for Germany) as soon as possible.

Which proof of German language skills is sufficient?

Here how this is formulated on the website of the LABO - Ausländerbehörde Berlin (immigration authority):

Option German level B1 (permanent residence after 21 months)

No less than 21 months of employment and sufficient command of the German language.
If you have sufficient command of the German language, the period will be shortened to a minimum of 21 months of employment.
That employment must meet the requirements for the issue of an EU Blue Card.

Option German beginner level A1 (permanent residence after 33 months)

No less than 33 months of employment and basic knowledge of the German language.
If you have basic knowledge of German, you must have been in employment for at least 33 months.
That employment must meet the requirements for the issue of an EU Blue Card.

Therefore you need a proof of your German language skills.

Question #1: What should the language certificate look like?

If you are thinking about a language course, I 'd like to explain following:

a) Participation in a course at the language school is not the only way!
You always have the choice to learn German alone or with any teacher or app.

b) Certificate of participation may be accepted as proof of language skills but... more often it is not accepted by officials. (see the right part of screenshot, with a red frame).

In my experience, officials recognize a certificate with an exact result of a language test.

Question #2: Which test is sufficient to obtain a residence permit?

Good news! There is no need to spend big money. Instead of prestigious language tests like DSH, TestDaF etc., an individual language test is completely acceptable. See the left side of the screenshot (wthin green frame)



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25.08.20 ©️ Jaroslav Plotnikov ( All articles )
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