ÖSD Zertifikat A1

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Examination goal

For ÖSD Zertifikat A1 candidates should be able to communicate in simple everyday situations on an elementary basis.

ÖSD Zertifikat A1 is an exam for learners aged 14 and over whose knowledge of German is sufficient to deal with familiar topics and activities in everyday situations. It assesses reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing skills and speaking. At this level, the main focus is on the receptive skills of reading and listening.

Examination parts

Reading comprehension

The overall and detailed comprehension of different, simple, authentic texts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland is assessed in three different tasks.
Duration: 25 minutes.

Listening comprehension

Global, detailed and selective comprehension of audio texts in the standard language as spoken in Austria, Germany and Switzerland that deal with everyday situations is assessed in three tasks.
Duration of the listening part: approx. 10 minutes.

Writing skills

Candidates have to fill out a form and write a simple text. The texts are assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration: 20 minutes.


The oral part consists of three different tasks: a short introduction to oneself, a simple description of a picture and a role play. The oral part is assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration: approx. 10 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 A1

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.

Hier finden Sie Videobeispiele zur mündlichen Prüfung