The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages defines criteria for different levels of linguistic proficiency from A1 (absolute beginners) to C2 (native speakers). Levels A1, A2, and B1 represent the basic level; B2 and C1, the intermediate level; and C2, the advanced level.



In order to register for the appropriate course at the Sprachsalon, you need to know your current proficiency in the language you wish to study. We have prepared a self-assessment exercise to help you gauge your proficiency in German and select the right course for you.

When you have completed each test, please send the results to Sprachsalon (

Please, no cheating! An excellent test result is counter-productive, if it lands you on a course incompatible with your current abilities.


Level A1


  • I can understand familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, family and immediate surroundings.
  • I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, on notices and posters or in catalogues, for example.
  • I can interact on a basic level as long as the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech, and helps me formulate what I’m trying to say.
  • I can describe where I live and people I know in simple phrases and sentences.
  • I can write a short, simple postcard, for example, to send holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, such as entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.

If your answer to most of these statements is yes, please proceed to Level A2.

If not, we advise you to take the A1 proficiency test.

Test A1.1

Test A1.2


Level A2


  • I can understand commonly used vocabulary related to areas of immediate personal relevance (basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment, etc). I catch the main point in short messages and announcements.
  • I can read short, simple texts. I can find information I need in advertisements, brochures, menus and timetables, and I can understand short personal letters.
  • I can communicate in performing routine tasks that require a simple, direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. I can handle short social exchanges.
  • I can use a series of phrases or sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, my lifestyle, educational background and current or most recent job.
  • I can write short notes and messages. I can write a simple personal letter, such as a thank-you note.

If your answer to most of these statements is yes, please proceed to Level B1.

If not, we recommend you to check the A2 placement test.

Test A2.1

Test A2.2


Level B1


  • I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, in school or during leisure activities. I understand the main points of radio or TV programs on current affairs, or topics of personal or professional interest, as long as delivery is relatively slow and clear.
  • I can understand texts that employ commonly used or job-related language. I understand descriptions of events, feelings and wishes in personal communications.
  • I can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling where the language is spoken. I engage in unprepared conversations about topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (family, hobbies, work, travel, current affairs, etc).
  • I can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, or my dreams, hopes and ambitions. I am able briefly to justify and explain opinions and plans. I can narrate a story, recount the plot of a book or film, and describe my reactions.
  • I can write basic texts on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. I can write personal letters that describe experiences and impressions.

If your answer to most of these statements is yes, please take the intermediate level proficiency test.

If not, we advise you to take the B1 proficiency test.

Test B1.1

Test B1.2