Digitally fit for the future

At the ÖSD, we pride ourselves on developing innovative tools in the field of German examinations and German certificates. With our tools for preparing for the ÖSD examination and further planned innovations in the field of digital test administration, we are well prepared for the future.

Discover the digital side of the Austrian Language Diploma in German (ÖSD) now and join us in getting fit for a digital future.

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Digitally supported preparation

No matter when, no matter where – with our tools you can prepare for the ÖSD exam online at any time.

Insight into the exam

Thanks to our digital approach, participants get a feel for the task formats and exam situation in advance by interactively trying out the individual modules.

Multilingual approach

NEW: ÖSD ZA1 practice materials also available in English and French versions

Our preparation tools

Online mock exam

An authentic exam situation

  • Mock exam: oral, written, overall
  • Examination and assessment by ÖSD experts
  • Feedback on learning progress
  • Ideal for exam preparation
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Test training digital

The model set for online practice

  • Subtests reading, listening and writing
  • Solutions for the reading and listening subtest
  • Sample texts for the Writing subtest
  • Free registration
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Exercise materials

More info, more examples

  • Model sentence + 3 exercise sentences incl. solutions
  • Notes on examination and assessment
  • MP3 audio files for download
  • ZA1: ZA1: now also in English or French
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Model sentence as a book

This is what an ÖSD exam looks like

  • Levels: A1-C2
  • MP3 audio files to download
  • With additional information on level, skills, exam procedure, etc.
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Model set for download

This is what an ÖSD exam looks like

  • Levels: A1-C2
  • MP3 audio files for download
  • Eco-friendly
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Why ÖSD?

Pluricentric approach

The standard varieties of the German-speaking countries (Austria – Switzerland – Germany) are considered equivalent and taken into account in the examinations. It does not matter whether ÖSD participants later stay in Switzerland, Germany or Austria: They are linguistically prepared for all varieties.

Accepted worldwide

Whether for studying or looking for a job: ÖSD certificates are considered proof of German language skills in German-speaking countries for various residence titles as well as for access to most universities. In addition, they represent a decisive advantage for application and qualification procedures on the labour market.

Quality that speaks for itself

ÖSD examinations meet the highest quality standards and are regularly subjected to rigorous academic evaluations. The ÖSD experts are also intensively involved in international discussions in the field of testing and linguistics.


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  • What is the ÖSD?
    The ÖSD is a non-profit organisation who develop internationally recognized exams for German as a foreign or second language. "ÖSD" stands for "Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch" as well as "Österreich, Schweiz, Deutschland" (Austria, Switzerland, Germany). Our exams are communicative- and pluricentric-oriented, cover all levels (A1–C2) corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and incorporate different standard variations of the German language.
  • How can I prepare for an ÖSD exam?
    In any case, you should familiarize yourself with the respective exam and the corresponding tasks. Many ÖSD examination centers offer targeted preparation courses for individual exams. In addition, ÖSD offers you further tools to prepare for your exam:  
    • Take a look at the respective sample tests before you sit for the exam. This will give you a first impression of how an ÖSD exam is structured.
    • We also recommend our practice materials. In addition to our existing sample tests containing solutions, these provide further practice tests, comments on the exams with advice on solving them, general information on the exams and an audio CD with listening texts.
    • Test-Training digital gives you an insight into our exams. In addition, you can also try them online.
    • Finally, ÖSD offers the possibility of taking a mock exam, where your performance will be evaluated by our ÖSD experts just like in a real exam. You will not only receive a grade, but also detailed feedback on your performance and experience an authentic exam situation.
  • Does ÖSD offer preparation courses?
    If you wish to attend a preparation course, please contact the respective exam centre. You will receive detailed information on preparation courses and exam dates there.
  • How can I become an ÖSD examiner?
    In order to become an ÖSD examiner, you have to fit the profile requirements for an ÖSD examiner and participate in ÖSD examiner training. The training consists of an introductory presentation, as well as one exam and level-specific training. Two trial assessments for each exam/level must be submitted within two months of the training. Upon successful completion of this initial qualification, you will receive an ÖSD examiner licence and are thereby permitted to conduct examinations. To extend the validity of your examiner licence, regular requalification is required.
  • Does ÖSD offer training courses to become a teacher of German as a foreign language / German as a second language?
    ÖSD does not offer any training courses to become a teacher of German as a foreign language / German as a second language. Please enquire at a university or college of education or at one of the recognized educational institutions (such as VÖV or the Goethe Institute) who offer certificate courses.