German is one of the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world and it’s, in fact, the most spoken native language in the European Union – it’s an official language in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and parts of Switzerland. The economies of the German-speaking countries are among the strongest economies worldwide, which accounts for a lot of relevant companies and businesses speaking German. As a result, especially if we leave aside the hegemony of the English language, it’s safe to say that learning German is an extremely attractive option that could open many doors in your future.
If you have been learning German for a while and have already reached a good level, it might be time to obtain an official German certificate to prove it. Taking an official German level exam and getting the consequent certificate will be a great asset in your CV that will definitely impress your potential future employers. German certificates and examinations play an important role even before diving into the professional environment. Have you ever considered studying at a German university, either on a graduate or postgraduate level? If so, you will most likely need an official proof to demonstrate you have achieved a certain level of German proficiency.
Some might think that taking an exam to receive a certificate might be superfluous and that having the actual knowledge is more than enough. However, the truth is that many institutions, universities or Human Resources recruiters will first read your resume and evaluate your qualifications. If they are impressed with what they have seen, you will get a personal invitation to have the chance to introduce yourself and show off your skills.
The choice of German language examinations available is quite wide and which one is the right for you depends on the level, your ultimate objective and the school you plan to apply to. The most widely recognized German exams are the DSH, the TestDaF and the Goethe Institut examinations, which cover all CEFR levels, from A1 to C2.