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ÖSD exam & certificate

Put your knowledge to the test

Would you like to prove your German language skills with a corresponding certificate? Then the Österreich Institut is the right place for you. Our locations are recognised examination centres for the Austrian Language Diploma in German (ÖSD). We offer certification at all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference, from A1 to C2.

What is an ÖSD exam?

The ÖSD is a state-recognised examination for German as a foreign and second language. The certificate is not only relevant for professional contexts, but also a recognised proof of German language skills for admission to a university.

The ÖSD tests four language skills:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking

We offer all ÖSD exams in modules: The ÖSD B1 and C2 exams contain four modules (reading, listening, writing, speaking), all others consist of two modules (written and oral exam). There is no separate grammar section. The individual modules can be completed independently of each other and at different times – we will adapt to your individual learning pace. Once you have passed all the modules, you will receive your overall certificate.

Particularly practical: The ÖSD exams are recognised as language certificates not only in Austria, but worldwide.

The right certificate for your language level

ÖSD Certificate A1

The exam for beginners. With this certificate, you prove that you can use German in simple, everyday situations.

ÖSD Certificate A2

Do you already have the basics down? This certificate proves that you can communicate in German in simple, routine situations in everyday and professional life.

ÖSD Certificate B1

The B1 certificate proves that you can use German independently in most situations in everyday and professional life.

ÖSD Certificate B2

With the ÖSD Certificate B2, you prove that you can express yourself clearly in a (semi-)public and professional context.

ÖSD Certificate C1

The C1 exam proves that you can communicate correctly in various situations in social and professional life – even in complex contexts.

ÖSD Certificate C2

German for professionals: With the C2 exam, you prove that you can speak German almost effortlessly in all situations, both at work and in everyday life.

How long is the ÖSD certificate valid?

No matter what level and no matter what examination date – your certificate is valid indefinitely.

We are happy to support you in preparing for your exam. Our course catalogue offers numerous courses for every level. Whether in a small group, one-on-one lesson or online course, our course instructors have many years of experience and are happy to meet your individual needs. On our Austria Institute learning platform SERVUS, we also provide you with numerous additional contents for your learning process.

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German courses at the Österreich Institut

Whether it’s a beginner’s course, a group course or German for companies, we have the right course for you. With experience and sensitivity, our course leaders will help you achieve your learning goals.

Find your language level

What do the levels A1 to C2 mean? We are happy to help you find the right language level for you. We can also offer you the right course for your individual German language skills, both online and on-site at our locations.