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I attended regular classes at a Volkshochschule for A2 and B1 course last year (2013) from September to December from 8:30-12:30 PM Mondays to Fridays. And on January (2014), I took the exam and passed. I received a TELC certificate as a proof that I passed so I was able to enroll for B2 course afterwards. TELC (The European Language Certificates) is just of the many institutes to choose from here in Germany to learn Deutsch. So much different from the Philippines. As far as I know, there is only one legit Deutsch Institute (in order to get a German VISA) in the Philippines which is the Goethe.
So I wrote down a few information about the exam below.
A2 and B1 Exam
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 nn (Hoeren, Lesen, Schreiben)
3:00 – 3:30 pm (Sprechen)
Hoeren, Lesen, Schreiben (Listening, Reading, Writing) was basically the same format as the A1 exam. All the answers have to be on a separate answer sheet with boxes to be shaded.
There were two female examiners who conducted the Sprechen. The first part was self-introduction (Name, Alter, Land, Hobbies, etc.). The second part was the picture description. The examiner showed me a picture and I described it to her. And the third part was the partner activity (dialogue). My partner and I were given a situation on a sheet of paper. I remember it was about how to learn more Deutsch after the course. We had to plan where, when, how and with whom we are going to do it. We were given 5 minutes to take down notes without talking to each other and then we made a dialogue infront of the examiners for 10 minutes. It was spontaneous. We were not allowed to practice or even share what we had to say to each other during the dialogue. And that was it. I have to say I was more confident to take the this exam than the A1 because this time I was able to express myself and comprehend the examiners’ instructions.
One tip on passing the exam: Practice. Don’t speak English with your husband or boyfriend as much as possible once you are already in Germany. Later you will thank yourself for that.
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