which exam do you suggest to take for having a basic language certification of German? I saw that the accepted ones are Goethe, Telc, SDS and FIDE.
Goethe and Telc are very famous; FIDE is the public one; about SDS I could not find basically any info a part what’s written in their website.
Any one having more info or direct experience with SDS?
In general, which one do you suggest to certify a level somewhere around B2?
My guess is that, for B2 level, in Switzerland, they’re all mostly equivalent. I’ve personally done a Goethe but that’s because I haven’t even searched for alternatives when I decided to get some sort of certificate for my German level. My guess is that any institution that seriously wants to assess whether or not you are able to handle German at the level they need would probably test you themselves so would not necessarily care too much about which paper you actually got.
My guess would be that FIDE and SDS would have less recognition internationally. I didn’t know telc before you mentioned it (nor did I SDS) and can’t really speak of it.
I recently did the FIDE test and it was pretty straight forward. You can only do up to B1 level on FIDE, so for permits and naturalisation purposes it is more than sufficient. For professional purposes it may not be that appropriate as the test is really based on mastering everyday life in Switzerland.And it costs CHF250.- for the test.
Also I’m not quite sure how it’s applied for renewal (might be different between cantons, but from the link above seems like at least Fribourg asks for it for renewals)
edit: that’s the court decision that confirmed the change 2C_881/2021 09.05.2022 (basically since the 2019 immigration law reform, there’s language requirements for everyone, even if there’s a treaty between countries).
We’ve had discussions about required language competence before. I think I do remember that requirements vary by canton.
Keep in mind that you will declare your education history in your application. You will probably be exempt as a native speaker - which will be very obvious in the interview with the municipality (or even before that the administration where you hand in your application).
Think it may be this thread.
There may be different language requirements for 1. obtaining a C permit and 2. naturalisation.
To refer to the naturalisation in the Canton of Berne as an example, the local language must be your mother tongue to be accepted on its own - otherwise you have to present a test/educational qualification. Merely being conversational in the local language does not suffice.
This is at a federal level (based on the change in law from 2019), the language requirement now applies to everyone (you have to have at least A2 oral A1 written for the language spoken where you live, obviously if it’s already your native language, or you studied in that language you don’t need to have a certificate).
Seems (relatively) cheap, they explicitly advertise it as suitable even for test takers with little educational experience - and it’s an adaptive test indeed, where you don’t have to shoot for a specific level.
If you wanted to put your German skills on your resumé (for a non-menial job), possibly for a target audience beyond Switzerland (Germany, or even international companies elsewhere), I’d probably choose Goethe as - what I believe is - the most well-known/renowned certificate.