Cantonal German test KDE


Course ID: 11111-18

What awaits you:

CHF 250.00

Cantonal German test KDE

Anyone wishing to naturalise in the canton of Zurich must have sufficient knowledge of German.

Ordinary naturalisation
Your examination result will be sent directly to the Naturalisation Office of Zurich.

Facilitated naturalisation and approval procedure at the Migration Office:
You do not need a letter from the municipality, the SEM or the Migration Office. Your examination result will be sent to you directly.


For naturalisation I need to be able to speak German.

  • For listening and speaking I need level B1.
  • For reading and writing I need level A2.

I have to take a test. The German test in the canton of Zurich is called KDE (Kantonaler Deutschtest für die Einbürgerung).

The KDE is based on the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

All these four skills are tested. Possible test contents are taken from everyday life, e.g. living, children, work, media, traffic, shopping, hobbies, school, etc.

Target group

People who have German language skills at level A2 in writing (reading and writing) and B1 in speaking (speaking and listening).


Duration (total approx. 1.5 hours)

  • Listening: 15 minutes
  • Reading: 35 minutes
  • Writing: 25 minutes

The speaking part of the test is conducted separately in the form of an individual interview.

Speaking: 15 minutes (for two examination candidates)


To pass the KDE, the following levels must be achieved:

  • Listening and speaking: B1
  • Reading and writing: A2

Test your language level with our free Online placement test.
Our course "Fit for the KDE" will provide you with optimal preparation for the KDE exam.

On the day of the exam (permitted aids)

No aids allowed. Dictionaries and similar aids are not allowed. Mobile phones, iPods or other electronic devices may also not be used.

Start dates and details

Any questions?