Derek

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  1.   Not sure why you thought I hadn't made my appointment. I had my test today. There were 20 questions I'm 100% sure I got right. Others reduce a little in percentage-confidence. I reckon I got between 26 and 30 correct.
  2.   That sounds good. I would have given that a try, but I'm all done now :-)
  3.   That's the website I used, but rather than take dummy tests I went through all 310 questions.   The easy ones that I knew I'd always get right I thought no more about. But the ones where I got the answer wrong, I took screen-captures of that question (once with the question only, and once where it showed the answer). At the end of the first ever run through I had about 25% wrong (70 wrong answers / 140 screen-captures. I named them all appropriately (e.g. 006a, 006x, 022a, 022x) so that they'd sort nicely in a folder. Then copied them to my phone, to my tablet, and onto a USB drive that I plugged into my TV-box. I then spent two weeks (up until today) going through the screen-caps in order once a day (15 minutes or so). When I got to the stage where I was always getting certain answers right immediately, those screenshots would be deleted from the folder. I'm now down to about 20 questions in that folder and I'm ready :-)
  4.   Because getting 90% right (out of all 310 questions) means there are still 31 questions I'm not getting wrong.   It only needs for half of those questions to show up in the selected 33 that I'm tested on and I'm close to failing.
  5.   Exactly!! All that detail does actually come from questions though. There's no bit of text in a box/circle or text on a line that isn't taken from a question. As you say though, it's trying to just memorise the questions/answers that's easier. I'm batting 90% at the moment and still trying to get closer to 100.
  6.   Really? I also find that stuff confusing and found the diagram not helpful. It's interesting to visualize the stuff but doesn't help me get the right answers to those questions. Those kind of questions aren't so numerous that they'll make the difference in a pass/fail count though so I'm not too worried. I'm averaging 75-80% each time I practice. Feel free (anyone) to use it, abuse it, fix it, or share it.
  7. The Government structure questions were troubling me so I thought I'd make a diagram of who controls what and who votes for what. It got real complicated.            
  8.   With the no-deal brexit looking increasingly unlikely, with both sides of the house of commons saying they don't want it, that would give you (and me) a lot more time to get our dual-citizenship through. Remember that once they've officially "left" the EU, they're still technically inside for the duration of the transition period (a year and a half or so). That's how I understand it and have read in many places.
  9.   Yeah, on my unplanned visit to the Burgeramt I was told the same thing. Those are the rules. It makes you wonder how/why some of the other Beamters/Burgeramts are letting it slide. Maybe it's within their powers to be flexbile but only if they really want it. If you're living in a town/city with a slowly declining population they might be willing to bend the rules to hold onto some upstanding tax-paying residents, whereas in one that's increasing beyond the rate they're able to provide housing, they think the opposite and are glad of those rules. Who knows. I doubt anyone who knows how things work in those departments would frequent Toytown 
  10.   All done. Had my B1 test yesterday. As many have said, it wasn't as bad as you can build it up to be. If I have to give myself an estimate of what I'll get, I'd say Lesen: 90%+, Hören: 95%+, Schreiben: 60-85% (pretty sure it was good enough for a pass), and Sprechen: 80-95%.   I asked how long the results will take and she said there's a reasonable chance I could get it within 4 weeks, but it can take up to 8 weeks and I should be prepared for that.
  11.   Rather than going in there resigned to the fact that you can only apply for residency, it's worth asking if they'll consider your citizenship (dual or not dual) without the certificate. If you're having a flowing German conversation and you find the right beamter in the right burgeramt, based on anecdotes in this thread, it's entirely possible they might let that requirement go. They might write something like "no German certificate but is clearly able to converse in German without problem" on your application form. Worth a try.
  12.   Thanks. They think it's all over ... it is now :-)   As many have said, it wasn't as bad as you can build it up to be. If I have to give myself an estimate of what I'll get, I'd say Lesen: 90%+, Hören: 95%+, Schreiben: 60-85% (pretty sure it was good enough for a pass), and Sprechen: 80-95%.   I asked how long the results will take and she said there's a reasonable chance I could get it within 4 weeks, but it can take up to 8 weeks and I should be prepared for that.   I have my einbürgerungstest in the middle of April (no worries about that one) and have no idea how long that one will take to get marked.   As long as there isn't a no-deal brexit I've got no worries, the transition period will cover me for dual citizenship. With a no-deal brexit I've got as close to a zero chance as you can get. Lazy git me for only starting to think about this in January/February.
  13.   Thanks. I've bookmarked the registration page for this test at my local VHS. If I fail the B1 I'll try registering for that. I might end up getting 3 B1 certificates (e.g. Hören, Lesen, Sprachen) and one A2 certificate for Schreiben. I'll be practicing my butt off trying to improve my Schreiben though.
  14.   There are a couple of good videos on youtube which show dozens and dozens of example German letters (specifically for B1 practice) and the more you see of them, the more you spot phrases. I'm gonna look at some letters I've received from my accountant (who naturally writes quite formally) and various random crap letters that are still around. My sister-in-law is coincidentally a teacher of German to asylum immigrants but I don't like her enough to ask her for help. I did get some tips from her though, pretty much the same as on here.   My biggest tip I'd give for anyone who wants to learn German is to ask me how I did it, and do the opposite.
  15.   Well, I spent about 20 hours over the weekend practicing. I'm averaging over 90% on the Lesen, between 70% and 90% on the Hören (it's the long discussions with multiple questions to be answered at once that get me). The speaking part I haven't been able to score but I'm sure I can pass that without any further thoughts (my Gerwoman has banned English between now and the test). It's the writing that's letting me down and that's what I'll spend most of my time on.   I've seen advice that says you need to get a few key phrases locked into your head (e.g. "Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren" of course) and if you can squeeze them into the E-mails/letters then you're half way there. If I do fail though, it'll be the written part. Despite being here for donkeys years, I hardly ever have to write in German as I work for an American company and it's 100% English.