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ÖSD Zertifikat B2
(ÖSD ZB2)

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Examination goal

Candidates of the exam ÖSD Zertifikat B2 should be able to communicate clearly and in detail on a broad range of topics and conduct a normal conversation with native speakers in a spontaneous and fluent way. This exam acts as proof of language competence in communicative situations that go beyond the private sphere, as well as (semi-)public and professional fields. Candidates can understand texts that come from their area of expertise. They are able to comprehend texts relating to specific subjects in specialist fields.

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 audio texts in the standard language as spoken in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, covering general and specific social issues, is assessed in two tasks.
Duration: 30 minutes

Writing skills

Candidates have to write two texts (formal e-mail; argumentative essay / expression of opinion) using different guidelines, which are assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration: 90 minutes

Speaking

The oral exam consists of three different tasks: informative conversation, description of a photo and a discussion. The oral part is assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration: 15-20 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.

Exam kit

ÖSD Zertifikat B2
(ÖSD ZB2)

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