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Language certificates are often required by official bodies to prove language skills. The Ösd certificate C1 is also suitable for this purpose and is regarded as proof that is recognized internationally and especially in Europe. The ÖSD language test can be taken at different levels. The C1 test is one of the examinations with which one can prove particularly good knowledge of the German language. It is therefore often required for further education at school or for professional reasons. In any case, successfully passing the exam opens up many additional opportunities and possibilities. More information is available on request!

Ösd Zertifikat C1 as an internationally recognized German exam

The Ösd Zertifikat C1 is one of the language exams recognized throughout Europe as well as Germany and Austria. Therefore, anyone who needs to prove German language skills for a variety of reasons can do so by taking the ÖSD exam. This is based on official testing regulations specified by the EU. The test consists of an oral and written part and can be taken by participants aged 16 and over. There is also a variant available for young people aged 14 and over. There is a fee for the exam and participants can prepare for the language test through online practice materials and preparation courses.

What ÖSD exams are there?

The ÖSD exams differ overall mainly in terms of level. There are test variants tailored for language beginners. For example, examinees can use the A1 and A2 tests to prove that they have mastered basic German language skills and can hold simple conversations. The B1 and B2 exams, on the other hand, demonstrate advanced skills and can be used for further education at school or to provide official proof. The C1 and C2 language test, on the other hand, counts as a language test that can be used to demonstrate very comprehensive skills. In this way, examinees prove that they can speak German practically like a native speaker. The ÖSD exams are largely tailored to adults and teenagers. There are also special variants for children.

For whom is the Ösd Certificate C1 intended?

The Ösd Zertifikat C1 is tailored to participants who want or need to demonstrate a particularly proficient knowledge of the German language. The language test is required mainly by educational institutions. This is especially true for universities. Therefore, the C1 exam is intended for foreign students who want to enroll at a German university. The test is tailored to this, also because it consists of an oral and written part.

Ösd Certificate C1 – Examination objectives

The goals of the Ösd Certificate C1 are clearly defined. The point is to prove that you can communicate without problems in everyday situations and understand everything. Linguistic competence is particularly high here, which is why participants who pass the exam are able to react in a situation-specific manner and are also able to hold comprehensive discussions. This should be tailored to everyday working life, but also to situations that play a role in further education at school. This means that examinees can then participate in the everyday life of a university without any problems and follow seminars and lectures as well as take exams.

Exam modules – reading, listening, writing and speaking

The language test is composed of different modules that cover different areas that are important in language acquisition. This includes reading and writing but also speaking and listening. In each module, participants of the exam are faced with different tasks. For example, it is about reading and understanding complex texts and editing them. For this purpose, authentic materials are used, which one can be confronted with in everyday life, at work or even during studies. In the oral exam, on the other hand, participants have to be prepared for telephone conversations or discussions on social topics, for example. Short speeches also play a role in providing confidence in speaking freely and thus also preparing students for situations in their studies. Therefore, the C1 exam is also relatively complex, which is why preparation for the exam can be useful. There are online materials and training courses offered for this purpose.

Exercise material and preparation courses

A good and effective preparation for the language test at the language school Duisburg makes perfect sense. For this purpose, participants can, for example, take part in online training and thus complete preparatory courses in which tasks that are relevant for the exam are worked through step by step. E-learning is also very easy to implement, as exercise materials are available online. This also focuses on tasks and exercises that one can expect as part of the exam. Among other things, preparation helps to reduce test anxiety and increase the chances of successfully passing the test in the end. From this point of view, those interested in the Ösd exam are also advised to use the e-training and the courses.

How does the German exam work?

The ÖSD exam, of course, runs according to set guidelines. Participants must observe these in order to prevent exclusion from the test, for example. In particular, attempts to deceive can contribute to this. Before the exam, participants will be informed in time about the start of the exam and the place. This gives you enough time to prepare for the test. Since the language test often takes longer than three hours, examinees should bring enough time with them on the day of the exam to be able to complete the test at their leisure.

Components of the test

The ÖSD Certificate C1 for Adults and Young People exam consists of two modules that can be taken either individually or together:
– the module Written exam as a group exam with the subtests: READING, LISTENING, WRITING;
the module Oral examination as an individual examination (SPEAKING).

Exam Materials:

The task sheets contain the tasks for the examination participants:
– READ texts and tasks (task 1-4);
– TASKS TO LISTEN (Task 1-2);
Assignments to WRITE (Assignment 1-2, for Assignment 2, three topics to choose from each);
– Tasks to SPEAK (task 1-3).
The test takers enter their solutions on the task sheets. In the WRITING subtest, candidates write their texts on the task sheet (Task 1) or on stamped paper provided by the examination center (Task 2). Test takers should write legibly and with non-erasable pens. In case they may need it, test takers will receive stamped concept paper and spare pens from the testing center.

The information for examiners contains for
– the subtest READ the solutions,
– the subtest LISTEN the transcripts of the listening texts and the solutions,
– the WRITING subtest and the Oral Examination (SPEAKING) module the criteria for evaluating the performances (individual evaluation sheets),
– the WRITING subtest, notes on assessment, and one error-corrected performance example each for level C1,
the module Oral Examination (SPEAKING) Notes on interviewing and moderation.
The sound carrier contains the texts to LISTEN and all instructions and information.
The examiners enter the points on the evaluation sheets for the written examination and the oral examination. For writing and speaking, the two examiners will first score for themselves and record their individual scores on the individual score sheet. An evaluation meeting follows in which they agree on the final points. The results are transferred to the total sheet in each case.

Exam modules

The materials are available as two modules, which can be taken individually or together.
Only monolingual dictionaries may be used during the ÖSD Zertifikat C1 exam. Special dictionaries are not allowed.
Before the start of the examination, all dictionaries must be carefully checked by the examiners to ensure that there are no extra sheets of paper or notes in them.

Time organization

If both modules are taken on the same day, the written exam usually takes place before the oral exam.
The written exam lasts a total of approximately 220 minutes without a break:
Subtest duration
READ 90 minutes
LISTEN approx. 40 minutes
WRITING 90 minutes
Total approx. 220 minutes
The Oral Examination module is conducted as an individual examination. It lasts about 15-20 minutes. Participants will be given approximately 20 minutes to prepare for the oral exam.
For exam takers with restrictions and/or specific needs, the indicated times can be extended after consultation with the ÖSD head office. Details are regulated by the information sheet: Participants with specific needs.

Protocol

A record is kept of the performance of the test, documenting the course of the test and recording any special incidents.

The module Written exam
The following order is recommended: READ – LISTEN – WRITE. The examination center may change this order for organizational reasons; however, the READING subtest must always be taken before the WRITING subtest.
After the LISTEN subtest, a 15-minute break is recommended.

Organization

A suitable room is available for the examination. The recommendation is to test a maximum of 15 people per room. In any case, it must be ensured that the listening texts can be easily understood from any seat. Table and seating arrangements will be such as to make it impossible for a reasonable person to transcribe. Therefore, the distance between the individual test participants must be at least 50 cm in all directions, so that they cannot see the documents of other participants. A clock should be placed in the examination room, if possible.
At least one qualified invigilator per 15 participants supervises the examination process.
The identity of the participant must be verified and established beyond doubt by means of an official photo ID before the start of the Written Examination.

Preparation

Prior to the examination date, the examination chairperson prepares the examination materials, observing confidentiality, which includes a review of the content of the materials and the audio carrier.

Procedure
Before the start of the Written Examination, all participants place their photo ID on the table in a clearly visible position to establish their identity. Only writing materials and possibly drinks may be on it. Afterwards, the supervisor gives all the necessary organizational instructions.
Before the beginning of the Written Examination, the complete sheet is handed out, on which the participants fill in all the required data and which they sign. The entire sheet is pushed to the right edge of the table and then the appropriate task sheets are handed out – first with the printed side facing down – as well as stamped concept paper and spare pens if needed. The task sheets may only be turned over after the examiner has asked for it. Participants write their name on task sheets and concept paper. The tasks are then briefly explained; only then does the actual examination time begin.
The start and end of the examination time will be communicated in a suitable form by the invigilator and noted down for all to see, e.g. on the blackboard. The stapled assignment sheets can be separated to make them easier to work on. At the end of each subtest, all documents, including the concept paper, are collected and placed in the overall sheet.
The following procedure usually applies to taking the Written Examination:
The written examination starts with the subtest READING. The participants mark their solutions on the task sheets.
2. then the subtest HEARING is performed. If headphones are used, a sound carrier that is not relevant to the examination (e.g. exercise CD) is first played briefly. This is to allow test takers to set the volume that is most comfortable for them. Only then are the task sheets handed out as described above and then the sound carrier is started by the supervisor. The participants mark their solutions on the task sheets.
After a break, the participants take the subtest WRITING. The participants write the texts directly on the Writing task sheet (Task 1) or on stamped paper provided by the examination center (Task 2). If the participants initially write texts on concept paper, they should allow sufficient time within the examination time for transferring their texts into fair copy.

The Oral Examination Module
The introductory talk, including the introduction of the examiners and the participant, lasts approximately one minute.
Tasks 1 and 2 take about 5 minutes each, task 3 takes about 10 minutes.
The entire exam takes about 20 minutes.

Organization

A suitable room is available for the examination. Table and seating arrangements should ensure a friendly exam atmosphere. Therefore, the test taker and the interlocutor do not sit frontally opposite each other but, for example, at right angles to each other.

Preparation and procedure:

A suitable room is available for the preparation. The participants prepare themselves for the oral exam (preparation time: 20 minutes). The supervisor gives the participants the Speaking task sheets and briefly explains the tasks; all tasks are also noted on the task sheets. Participants will receive stamped concept paper for note taking. Participants may use their keyword notes created during the preparation period during the Oral Exam module.

The oral examination is conducted by two examiners. One of the examiners moderates the examination discussion. For Tasks 1 and 2, the other examiner assumes the role of interlocutor. In Task 3, the interlocutor asks the examinee questions following the presentation. The examiners (mainly the moderator) take notes unobtrusively and evaluate the examination performance without consulting each other.
The examination interview is recorded for documentation purposes. The following information is given before the start of the examination (if possible in the absence of the participant): Examination center, examination/level, date, examiner, name of the participant.

The following procedure applies to the Oral Examination:
At the beginning, the examiners welcome the participants and briefly introduce themselves. The identity card of the examinee is checked by both examiners. If the identity of the examinee has been established beyond doubt, the moderator conducts a short conversation with the examinee to loosen up, which is not evaluated.
The moderator briefly explains the task before each part of the examination.
In task 1, the examinee and the interlocutor conduct a telephone conversation simulating a public life situation. On the one hand, they apologize for a (partly) caused problem and, on the other hand, they want to enforce their request. In order to re-enact the telephone conversation as authentically as possible, two switched-off cell phones are used and the interlocutors turn away from each other so that they do not look at each other.
In Task 2, the participant discusses with the interlocutor in a professional conversation situation which of two pictures best depicts a particular topic.
In task 3, the participant will give a short presentation considering guiding points. The two examiners initially just listen; the interlocutor then asks questions.
At the end of the test, all the documents, including the concept paper, are collected and inserted into the overall sheet.
Subsequently, the evaluation discussion takes place in the absence of the participant.

Evaluation Written exam

This will take place either at the testing center or in designated service rooms. It is done by 2 people who evaluate independently.

Read
There are 30 items in the READ subtest. Either 1 point or 0 points are awarded per item and solution (for solutions, see information for examiners).
The number of correct solutions is converted into points per task according to the table on the Written Examination Evaluation Sheet (see also Model Set, www.osd.at). A total of 20 points can be achieved in the READ subtest.
The points scored are recorded on the Written Examination Evaluation Sheet.
Then the total score obtained is transferred to the total sheet. The overall result of the written examination is confirmed by the examiners with their signature on the overall sheet.

Listen

There are 20 items in the LISTEN subtest. Either 1 point or 0 points are awarded per item and solution (for solutions, see information for examiners).
The number of correct solutions is converted into points per task according to the table on the Written Examination Evaluation Sheet (see also Model Set, www.osd.at). A total of 20 points can be achieved in the LISTEN subtest.
The points scored are recorded on the Written Examination Evaluation Sheet.
Then the total score obtained is transferred to the total sheet. The overall result of the written examination is confirmed by the examiners with their signature on the overall sheet.

Writing

To illustrate how the tasks could be solved, there is an error-corrected sample text in each of the information for examiners.
Two persons evaluate each other independently according to defined evaluation criteria. The information contained in the handout for examiners
The sample corrections and evaluations contained in this document serve as a guideline for the examiners. Only the specified point values for each of the criteria are awarded; intermediate values are not permitted. Any misconceptions and/or other comments relevant to the awarding of points may be noted on the Written Examination Evaluation Sheet (e.g., reverse side).
In the WRITING subtest, a maximum of 15 points per task or a maximum of 30 points in total can be achieved. Only the point values provided for each of the criteria on the Written Examination Evaluation Form will be awarded. Only the fair copy will be evaluated; any notes or draft texts on concept paper will not be evaluated.
The assessment of the examination performance is carried out by two authorized ÖSD examiners. The examiners first evaluate the performance independently (on the individual evaluation sheet) and then hold a joint evaluation discussion in which they determine the final evaluation. If the two evaluators cannot agree, a third evaluation will be conducted by the exam chairperson.
The points scored are recorded on the Written Examination Evaluation Sheet.
Subsequently, the total points achieved per task are transferred to the overall sheet and the overall result of the written examination is confirmed by the evaluators with their signature.

Evaluation Oral exam
Two examiners independently evaluate the performance in the oral examination on the individual evaluation sheet.
There are defined evaluation criteria for the evaluation. The video examples and sample assessments included in the handout for examiners serve as a guideline for examiners. Only the designated point values for each of the criteria are awarded; intermediate values are not permitted. Any misconceptions and/or other comments relevant to the awarding of points may be noted on the Oral Examination Evaluation Sheet (e.g., reverse side).
A maximum of 30 points can be achieved in the oral examination.
The introductory interview will not be graded.
Immediately after the end of the exam, the two examiners confer about the examinee’s performance, compare their scores, and agree on a value for the overall score. If there are large discrepancies between the scores, the record of the oral examination should be consulted. In case of doubt, the chairperson of the examination will decide.
The points scored are recorded on the Oral Examination Evaluation Sheet.
Subsequently, the total points achieved are transferred to the overall sheet and the result of the oral examination is confirmed by the evaluators with their signature.

Again, a rough overview of the exam contents in the individual modules:

Written part of the examination, reading subtest
You are given four tasks that test your comprehension of different authentic texts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It is checked whether one understands their overall message as well as individual contents.
Duration: 90 minutes
Written part of the examination, listening subtest
Here there are two tasks with standard spoken authentic listening texts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland with general and society-specific topics. It is examined whether one understands them in their overall meaning, in detail and selectively.
Duration: about 40 minutes
Written part of the examination, writing subtest
Here you have to write two texts ( an official e-mail; a written paper, a statement or a commentary ), following certain guidelines. The evaluation is carried out by means of defined criteria (see evaluation form).
Duration: 90 minutes
Oral part of the exam:
Here, the main focus is on speaking. There are three tasks: You have to make a phone call, participate in a discussion and give a short presentation. The examination interview is evaluated according to specified criteria (see evaluation sheet).
Duration: 15-20 minutes

How many points do I need to pass the ÖSD C1 exam?
The performance of the examinees is documented on the certificates per module in the form of points and assigned grades. On the back of the certificate is the grading scale.

Written exam
Points Grade
70 – 62 very good
61 – 53 good
52 – 42 passed
41 – 0 failed

Oral examination
Points Grade
30 – 27 very good
26 – 23 good
22 – 18 passed
17 – 0 failed

Total
Points Grade
100 – 88 very good
87 – 75 good
74 – 60 passed
59 – 0 failed

As can be seen from this, the Written Examination is passed if, out of 70 points, at least 42 points or 60% have been achieved, as well as all pass marks in the individual subtests and in both writing tasks (see overall sheet and model set at www.osd.at). The oral examination is passed if at least 18 points or 60% of 30 points have been achieved. Each module can be taken or repeated as often as desired.

Final provisions

The implementation regulations for the ÖSD Certificate C1 examination come into force on March 1, 2019 and apply for the first time to examination candidates whose examination takes place after March 1, 2019. If the implementing regulations are available in translated form, the German-language version shall prevail in case of doubt.

Take Ösd exam and get Ösd certificate B2 – request more info

The ÖSD exams are a good option to take an internationally recognized language test. The different levels are aimed at different groups of people. Whether migrants, family stragglers, foreign students or foreigners who want to live and work in Germany. Especially with the C1 exam you can prove good and proficient language skills, which you need especially for your studies. Furthermore, it is possible to take the C2 test afterwards, which offers an even higher linguistic level.

The ÖSD language test offers the great advantage that it is recognized internationally and in Europe usually without problems by authorities and schools. This is not the case with every test. More information about the test, fees and registration for the exam is available on request.

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