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ÖSD Examinations

The Austrian Language Certificate ÖSD is a state-approved examination and assessment system for German as a foreign and as a second language. Examinations are carried out and evaluated according to consistent standards and are not subject to course attendance obligations, i.e. you do not have to attend a German course prior to sitting this examination. Mock examinations and learning materials are available at www.osd.at

The Language Centre of the University of Vienna is a certified examination centre for ÖSD and hosts four examinations per year (in November, January, April and July). (Dates) The examination is aligned with the level descriptions of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It consists of a written and an oral part and is offered on five levels (A2 to C2). Depending on the level, course fees range from EUR 95 to 150.

ÖSD Examination Dates 2017/18

  • 11.11. & 18.11.2017 (Registration: 11.09.17 - 13.10.17)
  • 10.03. & 17.03.2018 (Registration: 15.01.18 - 09.02.18)
  • 09.06. & 16.06.2018 (Registration: 16.04.18 - 11.05.18)
  • 22.08. & 23.08.2018 (Registration: 25.06.18 - 20.07.18)
  • 10.11. & 17.11.2018 (Registration: 17.09.18 - 12.10.18)

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Exam Registration

Registration for the ÖSD examination can be carried out up to four weeks prior to the examination date and is only possible directly at the Language Centre Office (minimum age: 16!).

Photo identification is mandatory for registration. Examination fees shall be paid upon registration in cash, by debit card or credit card (Visa, MasterCard). Depending on the level, course fees range from EUR 95 to 150.

Please enquire at the Admission Office of your university whether the ÖSD examination is recognised!

Current ÖSD examination dates

See also http://www.osd.at/ 

ÖSD Niveau descriptions & Prices

Zertifikat A2
Corresponds to the Council of Europe level A2 (Waystage).
This is an examination available to learners above the age of 14 who already display sufficient German skills to communicate on an elementary level in professional and private life situations.
Examination fee: EUR 100

Zertifikat B1
Corresponds to the Council of Europe level B1 (Threshold).
This is an examination for learners above the age of 16 who have no difficulty expressing themselves in everyday situations, while travelling, or on issues pertaining to fields of personal specialisation or interest. Communication competency is in the focal point, but attention is given to formal correctness, as well.
Examination fee: EUR 110

Zertifikat B2
Corresponds to the Council of Europe level B2 (Vantage).
This is an examination for learners above the age of 16 whose aptitude to express themselves clearly and explicitly covers a wide range of topics, and who are capable of conducting a normal discussion with native speakers of German in a spontaneous and fluent manner.
Examination fee: EUR 130

Several Austrian universities recognise the Zertifikat B2 as confirmation of German language competency upon admission.

Zertifikat C1
Corresponds to the Council of Europe level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency).
This is an examination for learners above the age of 16 who are capable of communicating complex content in various situations of social and professional life.
Examination fee: EUR 140

Several Austrian universities recognise the Zertifikat C1 as confirmation of German language competency upon admission.

Zertifikat C2
Corresponds to the Council of Europe level C2 (Mastery).
This is an examination for learners above the age of 16. The examination addresses candidates with very good language skills and requires, furthermore, specialised language competency in various fields.
Examination fee: EUR 160

Several Austrian universities recognise the Zertifikat C2 as confirmation of German language competency upon admission.