Strategy to pass the Goethe Institut A1 exam for the shortest time

Would you like to pass the Goethe Institut A1 exam although you have no time ? I’m Japanese. I passed the exam after I had learned German for the exam by myself for just 3 months. This is my certification below.

I will introduce the strategy to pass the exam for the shortest time.

1. My status before I started learning German for the exam

I just knew German alphabets, a few German words and a few basic grammar rules like putting verbs to the second position. Although German is similar to English about words and grammar rules, I could read, write and listen to English but couldn’t speak English fluently.

2. Strategie to pass the Goethe Institut A1 exam

If you know the tips, you can pass the exam easily. This exam is composed of 4 sections such as listening, reading, writing and speaking. You can get the certification of the exam if you get over 60% of the score. So you get to know the strategy to get 60-70 of the score by this article.

(1) Listening (Hören)

This section is composed of 3 parts. You should aim for getting 10 out of 15 in this section.
Part.1
This part is easy, so you should aim for getting 5 out of 6 in this part. In this part you can listen to the German record two times. If you learn how to say time, date and price and you memorize basic German words, you can get 5 out of 6 for sure.
Part.2
This part is difficult, so you should aim for getting 2 out of 4 in this part. You can listen to the German record only one time and choose one of two choices. Originally the chance of choosing the correct answer is 50%. Therefore you can get 2 out of 4 in theory. You don’t have to prepare for this part.
Part.3
The degree of difficulty in this part is normal. You should aim for getting 3 out of 5 in this part. You can listen to the German record two times. If you learn as I wrote in Part.1, you can get 3 out of 5 in this part.

(2) Reading (Lesen)

This section is composed of 3 parts and isn’t difficult as a whole. You should aim for getting 11 out of 15 in this section.
Part.1
The degree of difficulty in this part is normal. You should aim for getting 3 out of 5 in this part. If you learn about basic German words and grammar rules, you can get 3 out of 5.
Part.2
This part is easy, so you should aim for getting 4 out of 5 in this part. Part.2 and Part.3 are easier than Part.1, so you should start resolving from Part.2 or Part.3 when you start the Reading section. You can get 4 out of 5 if you learn as I wrote in Part.1 easily.
Part.3
This part is also easy, so you should aim for getting 4 out of 5 in this part.

(3) Writing (Schreiben)

This section is composed of 2 parts. You should aim for getting 10 out of 15 in this section.
Part.1
The degree of difficulty in this part is normal. You should aim for getting 3 out of 5 in this part.
Part.2
This part is easy, so you should aim for getting 7 out of 10 in this part. What you answer to questions exactly is important. You don’t have to write complicated sentences with difficult words, grammar rules and expressions. Of course you can use the expressions written in the Reading section. If you use these expressions, it’s impossible at all that you make mistakes about words and grammar rules. So you should make sentences basically from the expressions already written in the Reading section and exchange a few words not to make the same sentences. This is how you can get 7 out of 10 in this part.

(4) Speaking (Sprechen)

This section is composed of 3 parts. You should aim for getting 10 out of 15 in this section.
In this section the test examiners ask you some questions in German and you answer the questions. First of all, you shouldn’t take a seat on both sides because you can imagine what they asked from the reactions of other exam takers even if you can’t understand German questions from the test examiners.
Part.1
This part is easy. You should just introduce yourself easily in German. You should tell your name, age, birthplace, address, work and hobby in order. The question is the same every time. So if you practice speaking by yourself, it would be impossible to get less scores.
Part.2
The degree of difficulty in this part is normal. You ask the exam taker next to you questions by using the words written in cards. It would be enough to memorize the following 3 expressions. You just put the words to 〇〇 in the following 3. Depending on the words written in cards, you should use different expressions of these 3. Only these 3 expressions can cover all words written in cards.
・Wo ist 〇〇 ?
・Magst du 〇〇 ?
・Was machst du am 〇〇 ?
Part.3
The degree of difficulty in this part is normal. You ask the exam taker next to you to do something by using cards where pictures are written. It would be enough to memorize the following 3 expressions. You just put the name of pictures to 〇〇 in the following 3. Depending on the pictures, you should use different expressions of these 3. Only these 3 expressions can cover all pictures. If you are asked to do something by the exam taker, it’s okay you just say “Ja, klar !”or”Ja, natürlich !”.
・Bitte Geben Sie mir 〇〇.
・Bitte Bringen Sie mir 〇〇.
・Bitte kaufen Sie mir 〇〇.

Summary

In the Listening section you can get 10 out of 15 if you focus on Part.1 and Part.3 and learn how to say time, date and price and basic words.
The Reading section isn’t difficult as a whole, so you can get 11 out of 15 if you learn basic words and grammar rules and start resolving from Part.2 or Part.3.
You can get 10 out of 15 in the Writing section if you make easy sentences without making mistakes in Part.2 by modifying the expressions in the Reading section.
In the Speaking section you can get the score to pass the exam if you practice introducing yourself and making sentences with the key phrases in German.

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