The ÖSD Integration Exam A2 was designed for immigrants to Austria, in order for them to fulfil Module 1 of the Integration Agreement and comprises a linguistic part as well as a part about Austrian values.

If you received a residence permit prior to 1st October 2017 the ÖSD exam on level A2 (without Values and Orientation) will be recognized for the fulfilment of Module 1. This transitional provision is valid until 30th September 2020.

For further information go to our references about the recognition of ÖSD exams in Austria.

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Exam target

The linguistic parts assess the ability to communicate on a basic level in simple routine situations of everyday, as well as professional life in Austria. The focus is on the simple and direct exchange of information regarding familiar topics. These parts correspond with the ÖSD Zertifikat A2 / Österreich regarding form and content.

The part values and orientation assesses the knowledge of basic values of legal and social regulations of the Austrian Republic. Contents and questions correspond with the framework curriculum of Annex A of the Integration Agreement Decree – IV-V 2017 as well as the practice material for the values and orientation course Mein Leben in Österreich. Chancen und Regeln (2016).

Exam parts

 

Reading

The overall and detailed comprehension is assessed with two different test formats.
Duration: 30 minutes

IP A2 Sample Test: Reading

 

 

Listening

Global and selective comprehension of listening text in the standard language as spoken in Austria is assessed in three tasks.
Duration: approx. 15 minutes

IP  A2 Sample Test: Listening

 

 

Writing

Candidates have to write a short personal email as an answer to a short excerpt for discussion.
Duration: 30 minutes

IP A2 Sample Test: Writing

 

 

Values and Orientation

Based on 18 questions the knowledge about basic values of legal and social regulations of the Austrian Republic is assessed.
Duration: 40 minutes

IP A2 Sample Test: Values and Orientation

 

 

Speaking

The oral exam consists of two different tasks: a brief introduction about yourself (based on 5 given topics) and planning a joint activity. The oral part is assessed according to predetermined criteria (see rating sheet).
Duration: approx. 10 minutes

IP A2 Sample Test: Speaking

 

Exam administration

The ÖSD integration exams A2 and B1 are offered by licensed ÖSD exam centres (according to IV-V 2017) throughout Austria. The exams are conducted by licensed ÖSD examiners. When all parts of the exam (Reading, Listening, Writing, Values and orientation and Speaking) are successfully completed, a certificate for the integration exam will be issued. The candidates receive their certificate by registered mail. The ÖSD integration exams meet highest standards in test production and quality assurance and are recognised as official proof of language competence for residence permits (fulfilment of the Integration Agreement, citizenship). You can find the Exam Guidelines for Integration Exam A2 and B1 here.

Sample test

The sample test and the catalogue of questions about values and orientation combined make an efficient preparation for the ÖSD Integration Exam A2 possible. Here you can download the exercise sheets for Reading, Listening, Writing, Values and Orientation, and Speaking as well as the answer key and audio files.

Catalogue of questions

In addition to the sample test there is a catalogue of questions, which contains a selection of possible exam questions (including answer keys) regarding values and orientation. You can find the catalogue of questions here.

Video example

You can find a video example for the oral exam here.

IP A2 Speaking: Individual exam