ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1

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Examination goal

The exam ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1 is aimed at migrants to Austria aged 16 and over and assesses the ability of independent language use in everyday and professional situations, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the Rahmencurriculum for Integrationcourses (Goethe Institut). All texts and situations within the exam cover the daily life in Austria.The emphasis is on communicative competence but attention is also paid to formal accuracy.

ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1 is conducted by the ÖSD and was developed from the exam B1 Zertifikat Deutsch which was a joint product in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH and the Center for Language Learning and Research at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Examination parts

Reading comprehension

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

Language elements

Grammar and vocabulary knowledge are assessed in two tasks.
Duration of Reading comprehension & Language elements: 90 minutes

Listening comprehension

Global and detailed comprehension of audio texts in the standard language as spoken in Austria is assessed in three tasks.
Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Writing skills

Candidates have to write a personal e-mail of reply, using four different guidelines. This e-mail is assessed according to prescribed criteria. Candidates may choose either an informal or a formal situation.
Duration: 40 minutes


Candidates have to talk about three different topics in pairs or alone. First, candidates have to introduce themselves to each other. Second, candidates have to describe a given topic and discuss it together. Finally, candidates have to plan a given activity together. The oral part is assessed according to prescribed criteria.
Duration: approx. 15 minnutes

Examination centers

ÖSD ZDÖ B1 exams are conducted independently of language courses at licensed ÖSD examination centers throughout Austria.

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 Deutsch Österreich B1

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