German language certificates

ÖSD in an international comparison

Like telc and the Goethe-Institut, ÖSD (= Austrian Language Diploma for German) stands for a test and examination system that is based on the framework guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and is recognized worldwide. ÖSD exams are held at 380 licensed examination centers in around thirty countries. The aim is to evaluate the oral and written German language skills of people whose first language is other than German. The ÖSD certificates serve as official proof of language skills acquired at home or abroad.

Are ÖSD exams independent of the course?

Registration for an ÖSD exam does not require participation in a language course, because ÖSD exams are independent of the course. Nevertheless, the language requirements must be met. In addition, the exam formats from A1 to C2 have their own structure and logic. Individual preparation for an ÖSD exam, especially for the B2, C1 and C2 certificates, is success-oriented and therefore expedient.


What are the benefits of the ÖSD certificates B2, C1 and C2?

With a few exceptions at Austrian (artistic) universities, where "B1 international" is accepted for certain courses, these three certificates enable admission to a course of study. The B2 certificate is also required to acquire Austrian citizenship after a six-year stay.

The ÖSD C1 certificate is required for admission to most university programs, for all bachelor / diploma programs and also for most master’s programs at the University of Vienna, at the business university, at the technical university and at the medical university.

In contrast, the ÖSD C2 certificate is required by people from various professional groups, including teachers of German as a foreign or second language, as proof of particularly high linguistic qualifications, albeit to a lesser extent. In Germany, however, C2 is a prerequisite for admission to studies at some universities.

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Certificate B2

What skills do you have at language level B2?

At level B2 you are able to use the German language independently, recognize some of your own mistakes and also correct them. The focus is on effectively arguing and negotiating in both public and private situations. You have a wide range of grammar structures and vocabulary, including in your own subject area, so that you can communicate on a wide range of topics. Therefore, you can also understand essential content in more complex texts as well as technical discussions in your own professional environment and specialty.


Certificate C1

What skills do you have at language level C1?

At level C1 you are able to use the German language competently. This means that you are not only fluent in everyday communication, but also in a specific subject area. You can use the language successfully in social and professional life as well as in training and studies. You are able to communicate verbally and in writing in a clear, structured and convincing manner in difficult situations. Due to your varied vocabulary and the complex grammatical structures that you have mastered, you can easily understand films, literary texts and specialist articles that do not belong to your own specialist field.

Certificate C2

What skills do you have at language level C2?

At level C2 "Business Language German" you can use the German language so competently that you can effortlessly cope with complex communication in business and professional life. The focus is on the detailed understanding of different, very demanding texts from everyday work or business, on the competent production of formal and factually informative documents that should be demanding and constructive. In the oral area, the focus is not only on convincing arguments and negotiations, but also on effectively presenting detailed information about a product or company. The C2 certificate also serves as proof of your very high general language competence.