How easy is Learning German?
In View of fact that English and German are equally Germanic languages one might find a lot of Greek and Latin words in it. A person who knows English might not find learning German very difficult as it sounds a bit like English. Learning a new language requires a lot of practice and patience and German is no exception. Anyways…Start off…Learn German.
GERMAN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATION
There are many language proficiency tests for German language such as STAMP German, Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe I and II, DSH, TELC, TestDaF, ZD, ZDfB, ZMP, ÖSD, ECL and GDS, KDS, ZOP, A1,A2,B1,B2,C1,C2 levels in German offered by Goethe Institute. These German language proficiency certificates are internationally recognized. All the mentioned tests are based on CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).
Apart from the above German language certification programs, there are some tests such as BULATS (Business Language Testing Service), a language proficiency test that is used to measure the language skills of employees or new job applicants. This is also considered as one of the business tests.
There are few institutes like GLS (German Language School Berlin) which offers certification programs free of cost. But a point to note down is that this recognition in Berlin and few other places only and not worldwide. Click herefor more information.
Its mandatory to acquire a suitable language proficiency certificate in German, If your goal is to apply for higher studies or for a job in Germany or Austria.
Every institutions have their own set of course materials and test patterns.
Some useful resources and websites to learn German language: