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C1/C2
January 21, 2012
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Does anyone know how different the C1 Exam is from C2 and is it worth getting the C2 For me. I am learning a language so I can get into a school and admission requires a minimum of a C1 Level. So should I just go to the C1 Level or should I aim for the C2. Any advice would be great.

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January 21, 2012
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Which language and which test do you have in mind? I could answer the question specifically for the DALF, but I this would not be relevant if you want to take the DELE for Spanish.

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January 21, 2012
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Its for German. But any advice would be great.

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January 21, 2012
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I don't know how different the tests are, but I would advise going for C1.  It's one thing if you are just giving yourself a challenge, like Benny did with German C2, but if you actually need to pass at least C1 for practical purposes, the most logical thing is to give yourself the best chance of success by taking the lower level. Just my 2 cents.

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January 31, 2012
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Since you need to do well on this test for a specific purpose, I'd choose C1.  Not just because it's lower, but if you are C1 and take the C2 test and don't do well, your test scores aren't going to say that you tested at a C1 level, it's just going to say you didn't pass.

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February 2, 2012
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I agree – go for C1 if you genuinely need the diploma. The only reason I aimed higher is because if I failed it (which I did), it didn't really matter. Worst case scenario: you pass and it was so easy that you know that you can definitely do the C2 a few months later :)

A safe pass with a C1 is way more practical than just failing the C2 in terms of what universities and employers care about!!

[This is what happened with my French B2, my first of these types of exams - wish I had done higher, since that exam was too easy, but in the end I had a diploma of some level, which helped my CV]

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