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Goethe-Institut

What should I know about the written exam?


Before the exam

  • Make sure you take a pen and a valid ID card or passport (which has not expired).
  • Arrive at the exam venue at least 30 minutes before the start time.
  • Turn off your mobile phone and put your electronic devices on silent mode. You are not allowed to use them during the exam as any sound or vibration may bother other people.

During the exam (once you have entered the room)

  • Deactivate all alarms and reminders.
  • When you are seated at your desk, the proctor will ask you for your ID card or passport to check your identity. Your ID document must be valid (not expired).

At the start of each part of the exam

  • Read the instructions on the first page of the exam (and the separate answer sheet, if applicable). Raise your hand to request help from the proctor if you have any queries.
  • Do not open the exam until you are instructed to do so.
  • You are not allowed to ask anything about the questions on the exam and the proctor will not answer.
  • All parts of the exam must be written in ink.
  • The proctor will notify students of the duration of each part of the exam. Make sure that you finish answering all the questions in the time allotted as you will not be given extra time.
  • You are not allowed to talk, copy, use unauthorised items (such as mobile phones or fluid corrector) or have them with you. Otherwise, you may be expelled from the exam.
  • The proctor will inform you 10 minutes before the end of the written parts of the exam.
  • Do not copy or try to do so. Do not give or accept anything from other exam candidates.
  • Do not talk to or make signs to other candidates.
  • Do not use, or try to use a dictionary.
  • Do not use self-erasing pens or corrector of any type.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed during the exam.
  • Do not leave the exam room for unjustified reasons and without previous permission from the proctor.

When the exam ends

  • When the exam has finished, you will be asked to leave your pen on the desk. You may be sanctioned if you continue writing after the allotted time.
  • The proctor will collect all the exams, answer sheets and scrap paper before allowing candidates to leave the room. You are to remain seated during this time.
  • Do not try to remove any material from the exam room, including scrap paper.
  • Do not make any noise near the room.

Notification of incidents

In the event that something occurs during the exam which could affect your answers, (for instance, it you feel unwell or some loud noise interferes with the listening comprehension) inform the proctor or centre supervisor immediately, on the same day of the exam.

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