Language certificates and exams
A language certificate, diploma or exam is a certificate for passing a test that certifies your current language level through a standardized language test and documents it in a comparable way. There are language certificates whose validity is limited, i.e. which can only be used for a limited time, and certificates that have unlimited validity.
Why do I need a language certificate?
Language certificates are a prerequisite for working or studying abroad. You might also get ahead of other candidates for a job vacancy if your CV shows that your language skills have been professionally certified.
The exams for language certificates such as the Cambridge Certificate, IELTS, TOEFL, DELE, TestDAF and TELC can be rather challenging since the aim is to prove an advanced language level. Therefore, there are courses that specifically prepare you for specific language certificates.
Language certificates at a glance
The most important language certificates are the Cambridge Certificates (for example the Cambridge Assessment English), TOEFL and IELTS.
The most important Spanish certificate is DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera).
The most important French exam is the DELF certificate (diplôme d'études en langue française).
The most important Italian certificate is the CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera) of the "Università per Stranieri di Siena"
The most important German exams are TestDAF (Test of German as a Foreign Language) or the TELC German B1 exam.
Preparation for a language certificate
Sprachcaffe offers special courses to prepare for recognised language certificates such as the Cambridge Certificate (FCE, CAE), IELTS, TOEFL, DELE, TestDAF and TELC. The average duration of these courses is 12 weeks. Participation in these courses requires a good knowledge of the chosen language.
You will work on oral and written communication skills in 20 lessons per week. The focus is on grammar comprehension. For special preparation, our teachers will familiarise you with the procedure and structure of the respective exam by means of examples and exercises. Language courses taken in preparation of official certifications are usually recognised as educational leave, so you should be able to secure up to two weeks of additional leave and deduct the costs from your taxes.
The official certificate confirms participation in one of our exam courses and documents your knowledge of the respective foreign language in an objective way. It can therefore be what sets you apart from other candidates applying for a specific job vacancy. It is also useful to keep in mind that language certificates are recognised by many foreign universities and employers, opening up many career opportunities abroad.
Structure of the preparatory courses
Listening and textual comprehension skills are focal points of the exam preparation courses we offer. Our highly-skilled instructors will teach you techniques for taking in, elaborate, and communicate information effectively.
- Course duration: approx. 12 weeks
- Lessons: 20 or 30 lessons per week of special exam preparation
- Minimum age: 16 years (under 18 with parental consent)
Part of the weekly language lessons is used to prepare you on the structure of your exam of choice. Our teachers will use examples and exercises to familiarise you with the procedure and structure of each exam. The exact programme may vary depending on the student, teacher, and course type. Benefit from our all-round carefree package and concentrate fully on preparing for the upcoming language exam. Our language trips include numerous other services in addition to the booked preparation course.
Language travel with language certificate
Prepare for your certificate on a language study trip in a relaxed atmosphere with other like-minded students. You will be practice your language skills in various scenarios and have a fully immersive educational experience.
Online language courses with certificate
Prepare for your language certificate online from the comfort of your own home. You will improve your language level in small online groups together with other like-minded people and gain the confidence and skills to pass the language exam of your choice.
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