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Examinations

Examinations are always held prior to the last course day. In intensive courses held every day, examinations are usually set during the last course week; in courses held once or three times a week, on the last course day and/or the day before last. Your teacher will notify you of the exact examination date on the first course day.

You are not eligible for a certificate if you have missed more than 25% of the course duration. Nevertheless, you can sit the examination.

There are two pre-requirements for the issuance of a course certificate: minimum 75% course attendance and sitting the final oral and written exam.

A fail in one of the four skills means that the course objectives were not reached. The course objectives are only reached if and when passing grades are achieved in all four language skills examined.

No, not in our German courses. You must achieve passing grades in all four language skills.

No. The teacher schedules the examination for the entire group. Therefore, there is no posibility to make up for a missed examination, or part thereof.

In principle, no. Should however, in exceptional cases, the possibility exist to re-sit an examination in order to earn a passing grade, your lecturer will notify you in due time upon the conditions attached.

The examination is an assessment of your performance, and feedback regarding your learning progress. Not least of all, sitting the examination is a pre-requirement if you need a certificate.

This document is used to certify its holder that she/he is able to communicate at a certain proficiency level in a foreign language (according to the CEFR). In order to gain such a certification the person has to sit an examination at the Language Center (SZUW).

The examination is offered for many foreign languages (esp. English, French, Italian, Portugese and Spanish; and many additional languages apart from German).

The Language Competency Certificates are usually issued for level B2 in English and B1 in French, Italian, Portugese and Spanish.

Should you require another level issued according to CEFR, please state during the registration process.

If you have already gained a certificate with passing grades in a course at the Language Center in English B2/Phase 3 or French, Italian, Portugese and Spanish B1/Phase 3, this equals the Language Competency Certificate.

We offer group appointments (min. 6 participants) as well as private appointments for Language Competency Certificate examinations.

Further information you will find here.

The EUR 30* refund will be disbursed after receipt of the letter of nomination from the OeAD database. The refund will be paid out at the Office of the Language Center. Please bring identification.

Refund period in the first semester: November 15 - December 20
Refund period in the second semester: May 15 - June 30

*EUR 60 refund for recipients of study grants, subject to production of the letter of nomination

The examination consists of a written part (approx. 90 minutes) and an oral part.

The tested content variies according to language and leves tested. More detailed information on each exam you will find at "Further Information" in our booking system.

Link Prüfungen im Buchunssystem

The Language Center organizes the university entrance qualification examination for English four times a year, on behalf of the Admission Office of the University of Vienna (recognition according to the University Act from 2002, § 64a, in the version currently in force). More detailed information is available at Studienzulassung der Universität Wien.

Information sheet (in German)

As from the first semester 2015/2016, no examination fees are charged. The examination fee is paid out of the study fees for non-degree program students.

For registration, you will need a letter of admission from the university. The registration for the university entrance qualification examination for English is carried out at the Admission Office of the University of Vienna, Department for university entrance qualification examinations.

The ÖSD website (www.osd.at) offers a sample test for every language proficiency level, as well as the possibility to order preparation materials. It also includes a list of all the institutions which organize preparation courses. The Language Center offers no preparation courses for ÖSD examinations at this time.

ÖSD examinations are held four times a year: in January, April, July and November.

See ÖSD Examination