Exam target

The exam ÖSD Zertifikat C2 / Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch certifies a candidate’s ability to communicate in various complex situations in business and professional contexts.

This exam certifies general as well as specialist language competence characterized by a high degree of accuracy, correctness and situation-specific appropriateness.

This exam is directed at learners aged 16 and above.

The exam comprises two modules, the Written exam (Reading, Listening and Writing) and the Oral exam (Speaking).


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Exam modules

Module: Written exam



The overall and detailed comprehension of different authentic business-related text from Austria, Germany and Switzerland is assessed in four different tasks.
Duration: 90 minutes

ZC2/WD Sample Test: Reading



Global and/or detailed comprehension of listening business-related text in the standard language as spoken in Austria, Germany and Switzerland is assessed in three tasks.
Duration: approx. 40 minutes

ZC2/WD Sample Test: Listening





Candidates have to write two texts (a formal email and an advertising text) observing several requirements. Each text is assessed according to predetermined criteria (see rating sheet).
Duration: 75 minutes

ZC2/WD Sample Test: Writing


Module: Oral exam



The oral exam consists of three different tasks: a telephone conversation, a presentation and a negotiation. The oral exam is assessed according to predetermined criteria (see rating sheet).
Duration: 15–20 minutes

ZC2/WD Sample Test: Speaking


Exam administration

The exam ÖSD Zertifikat C2 / Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch 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 full certificate listing all completed modules.

The exam will be carried out by two licensed ÖSD examiners who subsequently mark the candidate’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.

Sample test

This sample test prepares you for your exam. You can download the worksheets for Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking, as well as the answer key and audio files here.

Materials for exam preparation

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Video example

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

ZC2/WD Speaking: Individual exam

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