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B1 Zertifikat Deutsch (B1 ZD)

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Examination goal

B1 Zertifikat Deutsch is an exam for learners aged 16 and over. It is conducted and was developed as a joint product by the ÖSD in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH and the Center for Language Learning and Research at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

B1 Zertifikat Deutsch assesses the ability of independent language use in everyday and professional situations, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The emphasis is on communicative competence but attention is also paid to formal accuracy.

Examination parts

Reading comprehension

Overall, detailed and selective comprehension of different texts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland is assessed in three tasks.

Language elements

Grammar and vocabulary knowledge are assessed in two tasks.

Listening comprehension

Global and detailed comprehension of audio texts in the standard language as spoken in Austria, Germany and Switzerland is assessed in three tasks.

Writing skills

Candidates have to write a personal letter of reply, using four different guidelines. This letter or e-mail is assessed according to prescribed criteria.

Duration of the written part: approx. 150 minutes

Speaking

Candidates have to talk about three different topics in pairs or alone. The oral part is assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration of the oral exam: approx. 15 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.

Exam kit

B1 Zertifikat Deutsch (B1 ZD)

The following sample test
(= Modellsatz) should assist you in preparing for an authentic exam situation. You can download exam sheets, audio materials and solutions here. You require the exam sheets, as well as the audio materials, for the listening section.