C2 Deutsch (C2)

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Examination goal

Candidates of the ÖSD exam ZC2 should be able to communicate in various complex situations in a business and social context. This exam acts as proof of language competence which is characterized by a high degree of accuracy, correctness and situation-specific appropriateness. ZC2 is an exam for learners aged 16 and over.

Examination parts

Reading comprehension

Overall and detailed comprehension of different authentic texts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland is assessed in four tasks.
Duration: 90 minutes

Listening comprehension

Global, detailed and selective comprehension of authentic audio texts in the standard language as spoken in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, is assessed in three tasks.
Duration: 40 minutes

Writing skills

Candidates have to write two texts (formal e-mail; informational text for advertising purposes) using different guidelines, which are assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration: 75 minutes


The oral exam consists of three different tasks: telephone conversation, presentation and a discussion of the presented topic. The oral part is assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration: approx. 20 minutes

Examination centers

ÖSD exams are conducted independently of language courses at licensed ÖSD examination centers all over the world.

Examination dates

Information on dates and registration can be obtained directly from ÖSD examination centers or the ÖSD Central Office in Vienna.

Examination procedure

Candidates are tested and graded by two authorized ÖSD examiners. A diploma will be awarded when both the written and the oral part have been passed. An inspection of the grading sheet is possible on demand. 

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Exam kit

C2 Deutsch (C2)

The sample test
N(= Modellsatz) is now available for download. The following sample test for ZC2 should assist you in preparing for an authentic exam situation. You can download the exam sheets, the audio materials and the solutions here.