The Ösd Certificate C2 provides evidence of very good and comprehensive language skills. This is often necessary, especially for professional reasons, or if you want to study or pursue an academic career in Germany. For this purpose, the exam is composed of different modules in order to be able to demonstrate skills in each linguistic area. The C2 certificate practically follows the C1 exam and can also be used to demonstrate even better language skills. For example, if this is expected from an official position. Further information about the exam, costs and preparation is available on request.
Ösd Zertifikat C2 as an internationally recognized German exam
Unlike many other language exams, the ÖSD exam is recognized internationally as well as in Germany and Austria without major problems. This applies in principle to the whole of Europe. Therefore, if you need a language certificate for schools, authorities or even your employer, you are on the safe side with the test you have taken. The exam demonstrates good skills in speaking, writing, listening and also reading as it covers very different areas. In addition, the test can be taken at different levels. It is therefore suitable for language beginners and also for participants who need to demonstrate technical language competence.
What ÖSD exams are there?
The ÖSD exams are divided into different levels. Among other things, also to open up the possibility for participants to increase their skills step by step. For example, the A1 and A2 exams are tailored to language beginners who need to demonstrate basic language skills. For example, in the case of immigration or even family offspring. With the B1 and B2 exams, there is later the possibility to take more complex language skills. Those who master these exams have practically mastered the language like a native speaker and can present the test to employers, for example, to prove their knowledge of German. The C1 and C2 exams, on the other hand, are significantly more complex. Those who pass this test speak German at a very high level and, with this language certificate, are also entitled to attend a German university or pursue an academic career in Germany, for example. Most of the exams are tailored to adults. However, there are also special exam variants for children and teenagers.
For whom is the Ösd Certificate C2 intended?
The Ösd Certificate C2 is primarily aimed at participants who need to officially demonstrate professional language competence. For example, for academic training or also for various professional reasons. There are appropriate entry requirements that must be met. For example, it may be necessary to have successfully passed the C1 exam before being admitted to the exam. This can be clarified individually before the test. An individual language certificate may also suffice.
Ösd Certificate C2 – Examination objectives
The objectives of the C2 language exam are to clearly demonstrate that the participant has mastered the German language at a very high level. So therefore practically not inferior to the skills of a native speaker. Thus, participants who have taken the exam are able to conduct complex and specialized discussions and conversations, read and understand specialized texts, and follow lectures. This is necessary if you want to study in Germany or work at a university, for example, as well as pursue a specialized profession. For this reason, the exam is composed of four modules to cover each linguistic area.
Exam modules – reading, listening, writing and speaking
Like most language exams, the ÖSD exam is made up of different exam modules. Thus, participants can prove their language skills in any area and take a very comprehensive exam. The modules rely on authentic texts and listening texts to complete the respective tasks. Here, technical texts in German and audio texts are used, for which different tasks have to be completed. Likewise, participants must write their own texts, which must meet certain criteria. In the oral exam, on the other hand, a telephone conversation is often used to demonstrate language skills, or a discussion on a set topic. Free speech and the ability to hold and respond to even complicated discussions and monologues are thus evidenced.
Exercise material and preparation courses
Even with the C2 exam, it makes perfect sense for participants to prepare for the exam and look at possible topics and tasks in advance. For this purpose, for example, exam materials are available online that are oriented to the actual exam. For example, participants can effectively reduce exam anxiety and prepare themselves even better. Preparation courses are also available for this purpose, which are intended to serve their purpose as online training and can be taken in the run-up to the exam.
How does the German exam work?
The ÖSD C2 exam is taken and conducted according to the official exam regulations. It is possible to perform the four modules on the same day or spread over several days if that is more convenient for the examinee. The duration of some of the individual modules is between 70 and 90 minutes. Therefore, participants must spend sufficient time on the exam date. Of course, you will be informed about the date, time and place in time. Attempts at deception and the like should of course be avoided in order not to risk exclusion from the examination.
The exam materials consist of:
– Total arc
– Task sheets
– Information for examiners
– Individual assessment sheets (writing, speaking)
– Evaluation sheets reading, listening, writing and speaking
– a sound carrier.
The task sheets contain the tasks for the examination participants:
– READ texts and tasks (task 1-4);
– TASKS TO LISTEN (Task 1-3);
– Assignments to WRITE (Assignment 1-2; for Assignment 2, two topics each to choose from);
– TASKS TO SPEAK (Task 1-3; for Task 2, two topics each to choose from).
The test takers enter their solutions on the task sheets. In the WRITING module, examinees write their texts on the task sheet (Task 1) or on provided stamped paper (Task 2), which the examination center provides them with along with spare pens for possible needs. They should write legibly and with non-erasable pens.
The information for examiners contains for
– the module READ the solutions,
– the LISTEN module the transcripts of the listening texts and the solutions,
– the WRITING and SPEAKING modules the criteria for evaluating the performances (individual evaluation sheets),
– the WRITING module Notes on assessment and one error-corrected performance example each for C2 level,
– the module SPEAKING hints on how to lead and moderate a conversation.
The sound carrier contains the texts to LISTEN and all instructions and information.
The examiners enter the points on the evaluation sheets for writing and speaking. For the Writing and Speaking modules, each examiner initially evaluates individually and records his or her individual evaluation on the individual evaluation sheet. They then agree on the final points in an evaluation meeting. The results are transferred to the total sheet in each case.
The materials are available as four modules. These can be filed individually or in any combination.
The use of dictionaries is allowed during the ÖSD Certificate C2 exam, but only monolingual ones; bilingual as well as special dictionaries are not allowed. Before the start of the examination, all dictionaries must be carefully checked by the examiners to make sure that there are no additional sheets of paper or notes or the like in them.
If all modules are taken on one day, the written exams usually take place before the oral exams. The written modules last approximately 205 minutes without a break.
READ 90 minutes
LISTEN approx. 40 minutes
WRITING 75 minutes
Total approx. 205 minutes
The module SPEAKING is conducted as an individual examination. It lasts about 15-20 minutes.
Participants will have 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 in the information sheet: “Participants with specific needs”.
Protocol on the conduct of the examination
A record is kept of the conduct of the test, documenting its progress and recording any special incidents. It is archived at the examination center for up to 5 years.
The written modules READING, LISTENING AND WRITING
If the three written modules are offered on one examination date, the following sequence is recommended: READING – LISTENING – WRITING. For organizational reasons, this order can be changed by the respective examination center.
A break of at least 15 minutes must be provided after each of these modules.
The examination center will provide a room suitable for the examination. It is recommended 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. The table and seating arrangements are chosen so that the distance between the individual test participants is at least 50 cm in all directions. This means that no one has insight into the documents of other participants, so that transcription is impossible according to normal judgement. Wherever possible, a clock should be placed in the examination room.
At least one qualified invigilator per 15 participants supervises the examination process.
The identity of the participant must be established beyond doubt before the start of each module. An official photo ID serves as verification.
Before the exam, the exam chairperson prepares the documents. This includes checking the content of the materials and the sound carrier.
Before the start of each module, the identity of all participants must be verified. Therefore, they place their photo ID clearly visible on the table. Only writing materials and possibly drinks may be on it. Afterwards, the supervisor gives all the necessary organizational instructions.
Before the start of the first module, the complete sheet is handed out. On it, the participants enter all the required data and then sign it. The entire sheet is pushed to the right edge of the table. After that, the appropriate task sheets will be handed out, as well as stamped concept paper and, if needed, spare pencils. The task sheets are handed out with the printed side down. They may only be turned over at the request of the examiner. Participants mark task sheets and concept paper with their name.
The tasks are then briefly explained.
Only then does the actual testing period begin.
The beginning and end of the examination time will be noted in a suitable form by the invigilator so that everyone has an unobstructed view of it, e.g. on the blackboard. The stapled assignment sheets can be separated to make them easier to work on. At the end of each module, all documents, including the concept paper, are collected and placed in the overall sheet.
The following procedure usually applies for taking the three written modules on one examination date:
1. the exam starts with the module READING. The participants mark their solutions on the task sheets.
2. after a break, the module 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 that, the participants work on the WRITING module. 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, sufficient time must be allowed within the examination period for transferring the texts to fair copy.
The module Speaking
The introductory conversation lasts about 1 minute. The entire oral examination lasts 15-20 minutes.
Preparation and procedure
The examination center provides a suitable room for the preparation. The participants prepare for the oral exam individually (preparation time: 20 minutes). The supervisor hands out the task sheets for the module SPEAKING and briefly explains the tasks. All tasks are also noted on the task sheets.
For Task 2, the participant can choose one of two topics offered. The exam center will provide stamped concept paper for notes. Participants may use their keyword notes created during the preparation time during the SPEAK module.
The module SPEAKING is conducted by two examiners, one of whom moderates the examination discussion. For tasks 1 and 3, the other examiner will assume the role of interlocutor. The examiners (mainly the moderator) take unobtrusive notes and evaluate the examination performance independently.
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 SPEAK module:
At the beginning, the examiners welcome the participants and briefly introduce themselves. The examinee’s identification card is checked by both examiners and the identity of the examinee is established. If there are no doubts here, the moderator conducts a short conversation with the examinee, which is only for loosening up and is not evaluated.
Before each part of the exam, the moderator briefly explains the task.
In task 1, the examinee and the interlocutor simulate a telephone conversation in a real-life context in which they have to assert a concern. In order to simulate the telephone conversation as authentically as possible, two cell phones are switched off and the conversation partners turn away from each other so that they cannot see each other during the conversation.
In Task 2, the participant presents a topic in a public or professional context using a handout. The two examiners just listen.
In task 3, the participant responds to the interlocutor’s questions about the presentation and defends his/her own position with supporting arguments.
At the end of the test, all the documents, including the concept paper, are collected and inserted into the overall sheet.
Subsequently, the evaluation meeting takes place in the absence of the participant.
Evaluation of the written modules
The assessment takes place in the examination center or in designated rooms. It is performed by two independent evaluators.
There are 40 items in the READ module. 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 Reading evaluation sheet (see also Model Set, www.osd.at). The highest score achievable in the READ module is 40 points.
The points scored will be recorded on the Reading Evaluation Sheet. Then the total score obtained is transferred to the total sheet. The examiners confirm the overall result of the module READING on the overall sheet with their signature.
There are 25 items in the LISTEN module. 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 Listening Evaluation Sheet (see also Model Set, www.osd.at). The highest achievable score in the LISTEN module is 40 points.
The points scored are recorded on the Listening evaluation sheet. Then the total score obtained is transferred to the total sheet. The examiners confirm the overall result of the LISTEN module on the overall sheet with their signature.
To assist raters with how the tasks might be solved, there is an error-corrected sample text in each of the information for raters.
The evaluation of the WRITING module is carried out by two independent evaluators, who follow defined evaluation criteria. The sample corrections or evaluations contained in the handout for examiners serve as a guideline for 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 Writing Evaluation Sheet (e.g., reverse side).
In the WRITING module, a maximum of 18 points can be achieved in Task 1 and a maximum of 22 points in Task 2, i.e. the highest score that can be achieved is 40 points. Only the point values provided on the evaluation form letter will be awarded for each of the criteria.
The fair copy is evaluated; any notes or text drafts on concept paper are not included in the evaluation.
The assessment of the examination performance is carried out by two authorized ÖSD examiners. Each of them first evaluates the performance for themselves using the individual evaluation sheet. They then jointly determine the final score in an evaluation meeting. If no agreement is reached in this process, a third evaluation will be conducted by the exam chairperson.
The points obtained are recorded on the evaluation sheet letter. Subsequently, the total points achieved per task are transferred to the overall sheet and the scorers confirm the overall result of the WRITING module with their signature.
Again, a rough overview of the exam contents in the individual modules:
Written part of the examination, reading subtest
Participants are given four tasks to test whether they are able to understand authentic texts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland in their overall message and in their individual content.
Duration: 90 minutes
Written part of the examination, listening subtest
Here, the participants receive three tasks with authentic audio texts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, spoken in standard language, whose comprehension is tested in their overall message and/or in their individual content
Duration: about 40 minutes
Written part of the examination, writing subtest
In this part of the exam, two texts must be written, for which certain requirements must be met. The texts are judged on the basis of established criteria.
Duration: about 75 minutes
Oral part of the exam
The participants are given three tasks: They are to conduct a telephone conversation, give a presentation and discuss the presented topic.
The evaluation is based on defined criteria.
Duration: 15 – 20 minutes
Now some more info about the evaluation and how many points you need to pass the exam. For this purpose, you can see the evaluation table of the individual modules here:
40 – 36 very good
35 – 30 good
29 – 24 passed
23 – 0 failed
I.e. 24 points or 60% are sufficient to pass the exam. In the WRITING module, minimum points must also be achieved on both writing assignments (see full sheet and model set at www.osd.at) in order to pass.
Each module can be taken or repeated as often as desired.
Take Ösd exam and get Ösd certificate C2 – request more info
The Ösd Zertifikat C2 is a language test that is internationally recognized and serves as proof of language proficiency, especially in Europe and Germany as well as Austria. Especially when authorities, schools and employers require such proof, the test is well suited. It is accepted without major problems and opens up further opportunities for foreigners in Germany in terms of education and professional career. In addition to the complex C2 exam, there are other levels tailored to language beginners, for example. Which one is best for you can be easily determined based on your previous skills or request more information. It is also important to note which test variant is required by the official body. Further information about the ÖSD exams, costs and registration for the exam can be requested at any time.