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Kakkanad, Kochi, Ernakulam
Seaport-Airport Road, 682037 Kakkanad, Kochi, Ernakulam District, Kerala
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H. No. 810 / Sector 43-A, 160043 Chandigarh
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Answers to the most frequently asked questions
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about ÖSD tests. If you do not find the answer to your question, you are welcome to contact us by telephone on +43 1 319 3395.
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.
Which exam should I take?
Our free online sample tests will assist you in finding the particular level best fitting your abilities. After registering, the exam centre of your choice will offer advice and guidance on exam preparation.
I am a third-country national. Which ÖSD exam should I take?
Third-country nationals are required to fulfil Module 1 of the Integration Agreement. In order for it to be fulfilled, you must prove language competence in German at level A2 by taking an integration exam (for instance ÖSD Integration Exam A2). Please note: Aside from this regulation, you must prove German language skills on level A2 before applying for a residence permit for the first time.
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.
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.
Do I have to prove German language skills when applying for a residence permit as a third-country national?
Yes. Aside from the Integration Agreement, third-country nationals who apply for a residence permit in Austria must prove German language proficiency for basic use of language according to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). ÖSD Zertifikat A1 and higher are recognised as proof of language competence in German. The certificate must not be older than one year at the time of the application.