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What is a language certificate?

A language certificate or language diploma certifies the level of competence of a language learner. It is issued by an authorised institution after successful completion of a language assessment. Among other things, a language certificate serves as a qualification for certain professions or courses of study.

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Foreign language certificates and their significance

Those who master a foreign language usually have to prove this in the form of a language certificate or language diploma. There are certificates for almost all languages issued by different institutions. In order to be able to compare the results achieved in language examinations within Europe, the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages was established, which classifies language levels into six different levels of competence: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

These are the best-known language certificates

It is not always easy to find your way through the jungle of language diplomas. The type of language certificate depends, among other things, on the language, country and purpose of the certificate.

DAAD Language Certificate

The DAAD Language Certificate is issued for competencies in English and many other foreign languages. Originally, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) developed its language certificate for DAAD scholarship applicants. However, the language certificate is now also accepted by many foreign universities.

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Which language certificates are there?

There are countless certificates that attest to skills in foreign languages. Among the best known are the DAAD, Cambridge, TOEFL and DELF certificates.

Where can I get a language certificate?

To obtain such a certificate, one must first prove that one has the appropriate language skills. The language certificate is not for sale.

Which language certificates are recognised in Germany?

In Germany, the Goethe Certificate is recognised at all CEFR levels, as is the telc diploma.

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