Ace the German A1 Test

A while back, I wrote an article titled “How to Pass the German A1 Test.” It’s become one of my most popular articles, and the feedback in the comments indicated that it’s helped a lot of people prepare for the German A1-level test.

The thing is, the Start Deutsch 1 exam–which is required for certain types of immigration to Germany, including spouse reunification–is a pretty straightforward language exam. But even the most basic info about it can be difficult to find on the Web. And if you do find something, chances are that it’s in German.

So I wrote a new book to help bridge that information gap: Ace the German A1 Test.


It’s available for immediate download in Kindle ebook format at Amazon. To purchase the book, click the link for your region.

United States:

Everywhere else:

It goes over test basics, like what the test is and where to take it. But it also gives you:

  • A two-phase studying strategy that you can use to be as prepared as possible for the exam
  • What kind of questions to expect on the test
  • A vocabulary checklist that gives you over 500 of the words you absolutely must know
  • A grammar checklist that lists the basic grammatical concepts you should be familiar with (and yes, accusative and dative are on the list)

The price is $4.99$2.99, which I think is fair for a test prep book. It’s estimated that it takes 75 hours of study to get to the A1 level. And it cost me personally over $350 in airfare and exam fees. With all the time and money you invest in taking this test, $4.99$2.99 is a small price for a book that will help you be as prepared as possible.

As I just mentioned, I took the test myself. I scored 98/100, which earned me a “sehr gut” qualification. In this book, I really tried to reflect how I actually studied and prepared. Theory is fine, but there’s a point where the rubber meets the road, where you have to figure out the most effective way to apply that theory to get results.

I also made a few errors on the day of the exam. Stupid stuff that could’ve really messed me up. I go over this in the book, as well, to help you not be a bonehead like me.

Check it out! If you have any questions about the book or about the A1 test in general, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

Viel Glück!

  • Cat McNally

    Hi Ron, I want to ace the German AI test! And I want to buy your book (thanks for writing it!) but unfortunately I can only access here in Germany and won’t let me buy it (assuming because of my computer’s location). Anyway you can make it available at I’m sure I’m not the only one studying for the AI in Germany. Or can you email me a PDF and I pay for it some other way (i.e. Paypal?). Vielen dank!

    • Ron G.

      Hi Cat! Thanks for the note.

      It should be available on here:*Version*=1&*entries*=0

      But let me know if that doesn’t work. I’m happy to email you a copy, but I’m concerned because I only formatted it for Kindle/Kindle Readers, and it might not look great as a PDF.

      I didn’t realize that didn’t redirect to regional markets. I’m going to have to update my links (assuming this works). Thanks again for letting me know!


  • Cat McNally

    Got it! Not sure why I didn’t find it on when I used the search function (I didn’t try very hard), but your link got me there right away. I’m super-happy to have this resource!

    • Ron G.

      Cool! If you have any questions about the test or the book, let me know. Viel Glück!

  • bahar

    hello ron G i am in a big problem to give or to pass my a1 exam please helpppp meeeeeee wht should i do there is no course

  • Andy Sar

    Hi. can u tell me how to get the book in other format than kindle please? I live in Argentina. Thanks

    • Ron G.

      Hi Andy. Please shoot me an email at and I’ll see what I can do.

  • Kobe

    hi i visited the amazon page, there is no option to buy , please advice

    • Ron G.

      Hi Kobe…shoot me an email at and I’ll try to help.