The exam ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1 is especially directed at immigrants to Austria aged 16 or above. According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the Framework Curriculum for Integration Courses (RCC, Goethe-Institute), this exam assesses candidate’s ability of independent language use in everyday life and professional situations. All texts and situations used reflect daily life in Austria.
This exam also exists in an altered version for young learners aged 12 and above.
The exam comprises two modules: the Written exam (Reading, Listening and Writing) and the Oral exam (Speaking), focusing mainly on communicative competence, even though attention is also paid to formal accuracy.
The exam ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1 evolved from the exam B1 Zertifikat Deutsch, a joint product in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute, the telc GmbH in Germany and the Center for Language Learning and Research at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.