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Einbürgerungstest and Leben in Deutschland

Leben in Deutschland

The Leben in Deutschland tests your knowledge of the legal and social order and the living conditions in Germany. If you apply for Permanent residence, you must use the test to demonstrate knowledge of the legal and social system and living conditions in Germany. 
You need a minimum of Level A2 to B1 to understand the test questions.

Einbügerungstest

The Einbürgerungstest tests your knowledge of the legal and social order and the living conditions in Germany. If you apply for German citizenship, you must use the test to demonstrate knowledge of the legal and social system and living conditions in Germany. You need a minimum of Level B1 to understand the questions.

Note – You need to have certificates both tests to apply for your Citizenship

Where do I register for the tests

You can contact your local foreigners office (Ausländerbehörde) or register at the local VHS. 

How do I prepare for the test

You do not need to do a course to write the  Einbürgerungstest.  You can download the list of possible questions (310 of them) and study them. This link is for the Einbürgerungstest and Leben in Deutschland questions. The list of questions are the same for both tests, but for Leben in Deutschland you will get Klasse 1 questions and for the Einbürgerungstest you will get Klasse 2 questions. There is no way of knowing which questions are Klasse 1 or Klasse 2, so you need to know all of them.

You can enrol for the “Leben in Deutschland” course at the VHS, and write the “Test zum Orientierungskurs Leben in Deutschland“ exam. This test is needed for permanent residence in Germany. 

There are apps available for example “Leben in Deutschland Test” for Google and Apple

What to expect during the test

During the exam you will receive a test booklet with 33 questions. You have 60 minutes to answer the questions. Each question requires you to choose the correct answer from four possible answers. If you answer at least 17 questions correctly, you have passed the test. You will then receive a certificate of your personal test result from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

30 questions belong to the subject areas “Life in a democracy”, “History and responsibility” as well as “People and society”.
Three test questions are asked about the federal state in which you are registered as your primary residence for example Baden-Württemberg

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