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FAQs

Here you can find a list of the most frequently-asked questions relating to the ÖSD. If you have further questions or cannot find the answers here or elsewhere on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We'll try to reply to your request as soon as possible!

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What is the ÖSD?

ÖSD stands for "Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch" (Austrian German Language Diploma), as well as "Österreich, Deutsch, Schweiz" (Austria, Germany, Switzerland). The using of the names of the three countries indicates the pluricentric nature of the exams, as well as recognizing the standard variations of the German language in the three different countries. It is a test system for German as a Foreign Language / German as a Second Language consisting of 10 examination modules at 6 different levels. ÖSD exams focus mainly on communicative aspects.

ÖSD exams can be taken all over the world.

The ÖSD does not hold any language classes.

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Where can I take the exam?

ÖSD exams can be taken at any of our examination centres in Austria as well as at more than 300 examination centres in over 40 countries worldwide.

The ÖSD does not conduct any exams, but we are happy to help you if you have any questions, please click here.
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When can I take the exam?

Examination dates and times are set by the examination centre where you plan to take the exam, but you can also find times and dates on our website, pleas click here.

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Where and when can I register for the exam?

Please register directly at the examination centre where you wish to take the exam. Important: registration in Austria is possible up to 4 weeks before the exam; other countries require registration at least 6 weeks in advance.

You cannot register for an exam with the ÖSD office, but we are happy to help you find an examination date or an examination centre. However, the best overview can be obtained on our webpage "examination centres and dates".


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What do I need to be able to register?

Please bring along official identification with photo (passport, ID card) to both registration and the exam. For the higher level exams (B2, C1, C2) it is also advisable to bring your own dictionary.
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What does the exam cost?

The cost of the examination depends on the exam level, as well as on the country and the examination centre where it is being held. Please contact the examination centre directly.
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Which exam should I take?

If you are not sure which level to take, you can download sample tests for each level free of charge and find out whether a particular level is too easy or too difficult for you.

Furthermore, our examination centres offer you advice on the exams and on preparation possibilities for the level you are aiming for.
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How can I prepare myself for the exam?

ÖSD exams are not based on a specific language course, which means that you do not have to attend a German course first.

But please make sure that you know how our exams work and what kind of tasks they include. That's why many examination centres offer preparatory courses which introduce you to the ÖSD test format and give you practice for the exam. For a list of examination centres: addresses of examination centres.

You can also prepare for the exams on your own. Practice materials can be ordered online or can be bought at the examination centres.

To order practice material, click here.
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Are preparatory courses held by the ÖSD?

No preparatory courses are held by the ÖSD, but we are happy to help you find a suitable preparatory course at one of our examination centres. Click here for preparatory courses.

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Does the ÖSD offer German courses?

The ÖSD does not offer any German courses. These can be taken at the numerous institutions which offer preparation for ÖSD examinations. Please click: here.
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Am I allowed to use my dictionary during the exam?

No use of dictionaries is allowed for the exam levels A1, A2, and B1.
You are allowed to use a monolingual or bilingual dictionary in the B2 Mittelstufe Deutsch exam.
For the C1 Oberstufe Deutsch and C2 Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch examinations you are allowed to use a monolingual dictionary (German-German). The dictionary can be used in the written part of the exam as well as while preparing for the oral examination.
However, you are not allowed to use any electronic dictionaries, language computers or similar devices.
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How much time do I have between the written and the oral examination?

The oral examination takes places within 14 days of the written examination. The exact date and time will be provided by your examination centre.
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What happens if I did not pass one part of the exam?

If you failed one part of the exam (written or oral), you will get a certificate stating you did not pass the exam. 
You may retake the other part within one year at any of our examination centres. You will only be charged half of the examination fee.
Don't forget to bring along your certificate stating your failure when re-registering for the ÖSD exam.
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When and where do I get my diploma?

When you have passed both the written and the oral part of the ÖSD examination, your examination centre will prepare your ÖSD diploma. The examination centre will let you know when you can collect your diploma.
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How long is my ÖSD diploma valid?

ÖSD diplomas are valid without limitation.
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I have lost my diploma, what can I do?

If you lose your diploma and need a new one, please send an e-mail to the ÖSD Central Office (info@osd.at).
Please give the reference "Duplicate Diploma Request". The e-mail must include the following content:
1. Your first and familiy name, as well as your adress
2. The examlevel (e.g.:C1 OD)
3. The exam center you took the exam at and the exam location (e.g. VHS Favoriten, Vienna)
4. The exam date (if you no longer exactly know, please give the month and the year, e.g.: June 2011)

We will look for your results based on this inforamtion. We will then send you an invoice (a duplicate costs EUR 15, excluding postage costs). Once the invoice has been paid, the diploma will be printed and sent. It may take from 2 to 3 weeks to replace a diploma, depending on your location and speed of payment.

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Which ÖSD diploma do I need to study at an Austrian university?

ÖSD diplomas are recognised as proof of German language ability by all Austrian and German universities. Different universities require different ÖSD diplomas for university enrolment: Please ask the university where you want to study about the reqirements for the studies you want to apply for, as the required language level can vary according to the studies of your choice: For your information click here.
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Is the ÖSD diploma Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch equivalent to professional training?

The ÖSD diploma C2 Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch is no substitute for professional training in business or economics. It is solely proof of language competence at the highest level of the CEFR (C2), including professional language competence in the fields of business and economics.

Find out more about C2 Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch here.

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Does the ÖSD offer training courses to become a teacher of German as a Foreign Language / German as a Second Language?

The ÖSD does not offer any training courses to become a teacher of German as a Foreign Language / German as a Second Language. The training courses to become an ÖSD examiner are an additional qualification for people who are trained teachers of German as a Foreign Language / German as a Second Language.

The Austrian Association for German as a Foreign Language/Second Language (ÖDaF) has information on German teacher training on its website: ÖDaF.

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What are the language levels of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages"?

ÖSD exams are geared towards the levels of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (CEFR), with specially developed ÖSD lists of vocabulary subjects and language structures, along with a description of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" and "Profile deutsch". For more information click here.

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