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German B1 exam in 14 Days – The Results

German B1 exam
der Vierzehnte – the fourteenth / Image via Pixabay

IMPORTANT: I DO NOT OFFER B1 IN 14 DAYS ANYMORE. THE PROJECT HAS COME TO AN END. 

German B1 exam in 14 days?

Yesterday I picked up Ewelina’s German B1 exam results. They felt sorry for having Ewelina missed the exam by 10 points. I smiled as I knew that she had achieved something incredible nevertheless as she had only learned German for 14 days of which 4 days she couldn’t work fully or even at all and had only had 30h of instruction. See her reaction to the results when I showed them to her in this video:

Let me explain the results of the test to you that you see above (click here to see Ewelina’s certificate). To pass you need to pass two individually tested parts: a written and an oral exam. To pass each part you have to achieve a certain minimum amount of points. (click here to see the rule in original)

Ewelina has reached 125,5 points in the written part but would have needed 135 points to pass that part. The “Sprachbausteine” which is a really tough exercise for anyone taking that exam and the writing which we calculated to be the weakest part were the only parts where she failed. Her reading skills (60%) and listening skills (73%) were more than sufficient and the oral exam she passed also with an overall score of 84%. If she took the German B1 exam again she wouldn’t have to redo the oral part.

Even calculating all her points together she would have passed that exam if it wasn’t for that rule above. One needs at least 180 of 300 points to pass and Ewelina had an overall score of 188,5.

You judge these results for yourself. I can just pull my hat for Ewelina’s commitment and achievement. I haven’t seen anything like this in over 14 years in the job. Chapeau, Ewelina.

As I can only assume what would have been if Ewelina hadn’t become sick during the project and after having analyzed with her the weak spots of the project I can assure you that if you bring the right motivation and skill with you, passing the German B1 exam from scratch in just 14 days is possible if you do it the right way.

Of course we are both aware that passing an exam is not the same as really being eloquent on that level. Ewelina stated in the first follow-up video after the exam that she felt confident about being at A2 and not yet sure about her B1 skills. But it certainly surprised her that she was better than she had thought. By now she surely would pass the German B1 exam with ease and feels a lot more confident about her German.

Personally, I have learned a lot from these 14 days that I could already integrate into my daily work so that from my point of view, these results just put the cherry on the cake. I am amazed and will now focus on creating my German learning platform.

I want to thank you, Ewelina for participating this fully despite all hindrances and for performing splendidly. It was a challenge and we have mastered it well. Dziekuje Ci.

And my warmest regards to you, dear blog reader and German learner, who has followed us on this exciting and challenging journey. I hope that our work has given you confidence in your task to learn German. You see it is not as difficult as it might seem. Admittedly, only few will ever learn German in 14 days but it is possible and even if you manage to reach B1 in three to six months, it is all in all a huge achievement.

I wish you all viel Erfolg with your German B1 exam and wish you all the strenght and discipline you need to win this challenge.

Yours
Michael Schmitz

 

Find out more about German B1 exam in 14 days

German learning material

German grammar video course B2

German grammar for beginners course A1

If you have missed the project or would like to review it from the beginning to the end, go to this playlist on my youtube channel. You will find all videos that we have made during the project in order.

15 thoughts on “German B1 exam in 14 Days – The Results

  1. True success will never be calculable by means of numbers and figures, rather by the level of commitment and personal recognition of one’s own strength, will, and courage to strive for that which is challenging and uncomfortable. Thank you both for sharing this success story.

  2. Ewelina’s story really touched me. Taking challenge surely help you to be success. thank you for sharing this inspiring story.

  3. I’m going to have my exam after 20 days I started my course one month ago , Ewelina experience gave me a huge motivation I don’t know if I can pass the exam or not but I really need to , so I can continue my way to the bachelor degree

    Thank you for everything you are great !

    1. Dear Abdelrahman,
      thank you for your inspiring feedback. If you like we can have a quick Skype session in which I could give you a little evaluation of your oral skills. I’d also be curious to find out how you studied. What do you think?
      Either way viel Erfolg mit Deiner Prüfung. Und lass uns das Ergebnis wissen.

  4. Your Comment dat is huge sucezz ,im realy inspired and hope to pass mein by next month.ich wunshe mich Elforg

    1. Ewelina’s history is really inspiring, I motivated, am planing to take b1 exam in November 27/2015, but I have idea what I can read especially grammar part
      please suggest me grammar part what I should focus on it.
      Thank you all

      1. Dear Desta Sisay,
        please understand that I don’t do coaching via comments on my blog nor via mail. You can hire me or look for a private tutor that you will need if you want to achieve B1 in short time. On your own it is very unlikely that you will make it that fast. Not impossible, just unlikely. Get sample exams for B1 and look up the oral B1 exam on youtube. Do as many of those as possible if passing a B1 exam is your only goal. To get to the appropriate speaking level you will need a practice partner resp. tutor.

        I wish you success.
        Michael

    1. Dear Taher,
      thank you for your interest in my work. Please understand that I can’t give free advice as I simply don’t have enough time.
      I have created my blog for this purpose and also answer questions on my profile on quora.
      Please take a good look around those pages and you will find many answers to your questions.

      Do you already know my German grammar materials? You can preview every product there and might find them very helpful.
      I also recommend that you work with a private tutor. You can find very affordable ones here.

      Of course you are always free to inquire about my private tutoring services. Make yourself familiar with my conditions and prices here.

      I wish you success with your German learning
      and am looking forward to hearing from you.

      Feel free to share you experience with me and
      whether my advice has been helpful or not.

      Herzlichen Gruß aus Berlin
      Michael

    1. Dear Manal,
      thank you for your interest in my work. Please understand that I can’t give free advice as I simply don’t have enough time.
      I have created my blog for this purpose and also answer questions on my profile on quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Michael-Schmitz-16).
      Please take a good look around those pages and you will find many answers to your questions.

      To prepare for a B1 exam you should search the internet and YouTube for “B1 German model exam” and take a look at what is expected from you.
      Note the differences between the different test types. I also recommend that you work with a private tutor. You can find very affordable ones here: http://www.italki.com/?ref=affbettergerman&utm_source=bettergerman&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=affiliate

      Do you already know my German grammar materials? You can preview every product in my shop on https://smartergerman.com/shop and might find them very helpful. If you are interested in learning proper German beyond your exam I strongly recommend my course: How to Learn German Faster in combination with the A1-B1 German Grammar Course and the Read German Now course.

      You can of course inquire about working one on one with me. 3 months working with us would cost 5160€ (see attached sample offer). How far you will get in this time strongly depends on your skill and time budget.
      Usually we get learners from scratch until B1 in 3 months or from B1 to B2. But our main focus is to make you an independent learner and a fluent and confident speaker appropriate for the desired level.

      I wish you success with your German learning.

      Herzlichen Gruß aus Berlin
      Michael

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