The test “Living in Germany” (naturalization test) serves as proof of knowledge of the legal and social order and living conditions in Germany. All information about the test such as costs, procedure and duration as well as the 300 questions and answers can be found here.
In order to obtain a permanent right of residence (settlement permit) in Germany or even citizenship, you must have basic knowledge of the legal and social order and living conditions in the Federal Republic. For the settlement permit you will find the legal basis for this in § 9 para. 2 No. 8 Residence Act, for naturalization in § 10 para. 1 sentence 1 no. 7 StAG. You can prove that you have the legally required knowledge by passing the “Living in Germany” test, also known as the naturalization test. As a rule, it takes place within the framework of an integration course.
Further information on integration courses can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
The Life in Germany Test
The exam consists of a total of 33 questions. To pass the test, you must answer at least 15 of them correctly. If you answer 17 of the 33 questions correctly, you will not have to take a naturalization test later. So it is enough if you knew the answers to half of the questions.
The test will ask you about your historical, geographical and political knowledge of Germany. You must prove that you have a basic knowledge of the German legal system and are familiar with both social and cultural aspects of living together in Germany. General knowledge is also required.
Politics in democracy (German legal system)
these include, for example, fundamental rights, constitutional principles, parties and electoral processes
German history including position in Europe
National Socialism and its consequences as well as reunification and German borders are particularly important
Social order + culture
here, everyday things become relevant, as well as topics such as education and religious diversity
No more appointments at the immigration office
As part of your integration course, you will take the “Living in Germany” test at the end of the orientation course. As a rule, they must then register a few weeks in advance at a testing center approved by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). This is mostly done via a registration form. You can also find out current exam dates by contacting providers locally or via their websites.
You have 60 minutes to solve the 33 questions. This should also be sufficient, since these are purely checkbox tasks (multiple-choice) and thus you do not have to write down any answers yourself. Our tip: Answer the easier questions first, then you will have more time later and can think longer about difficult questions.
Living in Germany 300 questions
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has published the Questionnaire for test preparation published. This consists of 300 general and 10 country-specific questions.
300 questions about Germany in general
To get the certificate without any problems, we recommend you to practice until you pass the exam effortlessly. The online learning platform livegermany.eu offers you a free opportunity to repeat the 300 questions on Germany in general as often as you like. The 300 questions are original exam questions that you might be asked in your life in Germany test. For this reason, practicing here is really worth it. If you have passed the online test often enough and feel confident, you cannot be surprised in the exam at all. You will be perfectly prepared!
Plus 10 questions about your state
You will also be asked a few specific questions about the state you live in. Because Germany is divided into 16 federal states, some of which have different regulations. So, to be able to prepare for this part of the Leben in Deutschland exam as well, select on the page of the online learning platform livegermany.eu or at the Questionnaire of the BAMF first select your federal state.
You will receive an evaluation after each exercise run on lebenindeutschland.eu.
Practice via app
In addition to the online platforms just mentioned, you can also use an app to prepare for the exam. This allows you to practice for the test in the waiting room, on the bus, or even from the comfort of your sofa. Simply download one of the many available apps onto your cell phone and get started.
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Practice with flashcards (questions and answers PDF)
Here you will find free flashcards in PDF format that you can use to prepare for the final exam. They contain all 300 questions and answers on the federal topics.
Due to the really great preparation possibilities, it is no problem for the majority of applicants to successfully pass the “Living in Germany” test. So you don’t have to worry about that!
The examination fee is usually €25.
The certificate of passing the final test opens many doors for you and is recognized nationwide. From our point of view, it is definitely worthwhile to take advantage of the many practice opportunities and pass the exam. The “Living in Germany” test is also one of the absolutely required documents when applying for a settlement permit, which allows you to live in Germany for an unlimited period of time. You can read here which many advantages a settlement permit has for you and why you should definitely apply for it as soon as possible.
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