Exam target

The exam ÖSD Zertifikat C1 certifies a candidate’s ability to communicate in different professional and social situations dealing with more complex contexts.

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

ÖSD Zertifikat C1 is particularly aimed at people learning German wishing to study at a German-speaking university and directed at learners aged 16 and over. The additional altered version is tailored to young learners aged 14 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

 

Reading

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

ZC1 Sample Test: Reading

 

 

Listening

Global, selective and detailed comprehension of listening text about general and society-related topics in the standard language as spoken in Austria, Germany and Switzerland is assessed in two tasks.
Duration: approx. 40 minutes

ZC1 Sample Test: Listening

 

 

Writing

Candidates have to write two texts (a formal email; report, statement or comment) observing several requirements. Each text is assessed according to predetermined criteria (see rating sheet).
Duration: 90 minutes

ZC1 Sample Test: Writing

 

Module: Oral exam

 

Speaking

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

ZC1 Sample Test: Speaking

 

Exam administration

The exam ÖSD Zertifikat C1 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.

ZC1 Speaking: Individual exam