Tips And Tricks To Prepare For A2 German Goethe Exam

This is for Goethe International Exam.

Firstly go through the exam time-table for Goethe, which is available on their website. Decide when is it possible for you to give the exam.

Mostly choose a date which is after 2 months or more, because you need at least 2 months of dedicated preparation for A2 level.

The obvious answer is smart work and regular exercise. There is no other alternative. To clear one level if you opt for an intensive course it takes around three months and for super intensive course it takes around two months.

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The last two weeks before your exam focus on solving model papers correctly and promptly that is within the time limit to increase your speed. These papers are available on Goethe website and some will be given by your class teacher if you join the course. Focus on different types of answers and accents in each model paper.

Before this your hearing and writing skills should be up to the mark for that level to complete the paper on time, these two components are time oriented. Hearing has time limit for each answer whereas for writing you have a word limit. Try putting maximum thoughts in one paragraph with the use of conjunctions. You need practice for this.

If you master your grammar, everything else will be easy. To remember and learn new words, talk to German friends or make some online. There are ample of German movies with subtitles, one movie a week, and discussions about this movie in German will give you spoken command.

The model papers are the actual format for the exam. Learn this format and try to fit in your knowledge.

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An Overview :

The Exam consists of 4 Teils, i.e. Hören (Listening), Lesen (Reading), Schreiben (Writing) and Sprechen (Speaking). In the A2 level, you need overall 60 marks out of 100 to pass. Along with the overall passing, you need to pass separately in Sprechen, i.e. you need to score 15/25 in this teil and you need to score 45/75 in the remaining three Teils. This means, even if you score overall 60/100, but your score is less than 45 in the three Teils (Hören, Lesen and Schreiben) you do not clear the exam.

You need to solve both the Kursbuch (course book) and Arbeitsbuch (work book). At the end of every chapter in the Arbeitsbuch there is Wortschatz (Vocabulary). Go through it and learn it after you complete solving each chapter. This will increase your Wortschatz. The vocabulary is going help you in all the Teils.

Practice Hören from Kursbuch and Arbeitsbuch. Listen to every dialogue atleast 10 times. On an average 5–6 dialogues per day would be just fine.

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For Lesen, everyday 3–4 Texts should work.

For Schreiben, many chapters in K.B. and A.B. have writing exercises, letter writing and SMS writing. Practice these and get it checked from someone.

Now coming to Sprechen. Some chapters have “Dialog Spielen” activities. Practice with those. If you have someone to practice speaking with, then that would be great.

While practicing, make sure that you don’t write down the complete sentences, instead write the keywords and then frame your sentences accordingly.

Make sure that you use a lot of A2 Grammar in Schreiben and as well as in Sprechen.
Students or learners fail in speaking because that’s the difficult part, wherein you need to talk while forming grammatically correct sentences and questions too.

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Temporal-Kausal-Modal-Lokal Theory : If you express and speak according to this theory, you will never go wrong in speaking exercise at the A2 and B1 level.

TeKaMoLo. It looks weird. Get used to it. It’s an important rule concerning word order if you want your German to look and sound correct. Fortunately, it’s also pretty simple.

TeKaMoLo governs in which order the adverbial phrases fall in your sentences. By which I mean it governs in which order we answer the following questions:

Wann ist es passiert? (When did it happen?) TEMPORAL

Warum ist es passiert? (Why did it happen?) KAUSAL

Wie ist es passiert? (How did it happen?) MODAL

Wo ist es passiert? (Where did it happen?) LOKAL


Ich lerne am Wochenende wegen meiner Prüfung sehr intensiv in der Bibliothek.

T: am Wochenende (=wann?)

K: wegen meiner Prüfung (=warum?)

M: intensiv (=wie?)

L: in der Bibliothek (=wo?)

So, take time to set this in your mind. Remember most locals don’t follow it properly as it’s their mother tongue and they have certain slangs as in other languages, but this theory can help you perfectly in tests as all students are learning Hochdeutsch and not slang.

I hope that this helps you.

Alles Gute für Ihre Prüfung!

©Rucha S Khot.

Phonics and Foreign Language Trainer.


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