ÖSD Zertifikat A1 (ZA1)

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Exam target

For the exam ÖSD Zertifikat A1, candidates should be able to communicate on a basic level in simple situations of their everyday life.

ÖSD Zertifikat A1 is directed at learners aged 14 and over and certifies language competence in routine situations with familiar topics and activities.

The exam ÖSD Zertifikat A1 comprises the two modules: Written exam (Reading, Listening and Writing) and Oral exam (Speaking), focusing mainly on the receptive skills Reading and Listening.

Since 1st of January 2024, this exam has been offered both as a paper examination and as a digital examination.

For further information go to our references for the recognition of ÖSD Exams in Austria.

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Preparation material

More information and materials

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  • Exercise materials 
  • Additional preparation materials 
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Digital Test Training

Model set for online practice

  • Take a look at how an ÖSD exam is structured.
  • Check out the solutions in theReading and Listening subtests. 
  • Write your own texts during subtest Writing and compare them with examples. 
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Model Set

Sample exam as download

  • Reading, listening, writing and speaking task sheets and audio CD with audio texts 
  • Information and sample videos for the paper and digital exam. 
  • Free download: Model set, audio files and further information

Exam administration

The exam ÖSD Zertifikat A1 comprises two modules: the Written exam (Reading, Listening and Writing) and the Oral exam (Speaking). These modules can be sat and certified individually or taken in combination. Candidates who have taken and passed one module will receive a single copy of a certificate for the module taken. If both modules were successfully completed within a year, at the same exam centre, candidates will be entitled to receive a single copy of a certificate listing all completed modules.

The exam will be administered by two certified ÖSD examiners who subsequently mark the examinee’s performance (see score form). By request, an inspection of the rating sheet is possible. Here you can find the Exam Guidelines and the Terms and Conditions for Exam Administration.

Video example

Here you can find a video example for an oral exam.

The ÖSD Deutsch A1 exam is designed to assist you in achieving your language goals.

Whether you are planning to reunite with family in Germany and Austria or aiming to establish effective communication with German-speaking authorities such as the Austrian and German embassies for visa applications, mastering the Deutsch A1 level with the ÖSD-Zertifikat A1 is crucial.

For Deutsch A1 exam preparation, you can explore various types of courses available at ÖSD exam centers.

The Deutsch A1 certificate not only enhances your prospects for immigration, but also empowers you for daily interactions with German speakers. Embark on your language journey today with ÖSD and embrace new opportunities in the heart of Europe. Discover the ÖSD German exam center closest to you.