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ÖSD Zertifikat C1
(ÖSD ZC1)

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Examination goal

Candidates of the exam ÖSD Zertifikat C1 should be able to master professional and social situations in more complex contexts. This exam is for learners aged 16 and over and acts as proof of language competence which is characterized by a high degree of accuracy, correctness and situation-specific appropriateness.  ÖSD Zertifikat C1 is particularly aimed at candidates wishing to study at a German-speaking university.

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: 40 minutes

Writing skills

Candidates have to write two texts (formal e-mail; report, statement or commentary) using different guidelines, which are assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration: 90 minutes

Speaking

The oral exam consists of three different tasks: telephone conversation, discussion and a brief presentation of a paper. 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. An inspection of the grading sheet is possible on demand. 

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Exam kit

ÖSD Zertifikat C1
(ÖSD ZC1)

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.