German Language Diploma (DSD)

What is the DSD?

Level A2/B1 of the Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD I) is considered by the responsible German authorities to prove that a student has reached a level of ability in German that is required for entry to a Studienkolleg in preparation for attending a university in Germany. Level B2/C1 of the Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II) is considered to prove that the graduates have reached a language level in German that is required to be able to directly start a study at a university in Germany.

Why would I need a Deutsches Sprachdiplom?

Level A2/B1 of the Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD I) is considered by the responsible German authorities to prove that a student has reached a level of ability in German that is required for entry to a Studienkolleg in preparation for attending a university in Germany. Level B2/C1 of the Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II) is considered to prove that the graduates have reached a language level in German that is required to be able to directly start a study at a university in Germany.

More Info

Currently there are about 56.500 students in over 65 countries participating in the exams each year. Altogether about 950 schools are accredited by the steering committee of the Deutsches Sprachdiplom worldwide.

Deutschstunde is one of only 3 schools in Australia offering this certification.

Check out the Bundesverwaltungsamt Website for great details on this certification.


“Deutschstunde” is a Community Language School accredited to offer the German Language Certificate.

What is the German Language Certificate?

The “German Language Certificate by the Kultusministerkonferenz” (DSD) is a language examination developed by the “Zentralstelle für Auslandschulwesen”  (ZfA) in Germany,

It has been offered for over 40 years at German schools abroad – currently, more than 1100 DSD-schools worldwide offer the course. DSD examinations are taken in more than 65 countries by approximately 75,000 students per year.

Certificates

DSD I:

corresponds to Level B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) provides proof of German language proficiency required for admission to preparatory courses at “Studienkollegien” in Germany provides advantages when applying to study in Germany provides advantages for applications to German and international companies.

DSD II:

corresponds to Levels B2 and C1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) provides proof of German language proficiency required for admission to institutions of higher education in Germany

Classes and Exams

Class:

We facilitate not only language acquisition, but work and exam strategies that are characteristic for a German learning environment: Problem-oriented discussion, self-motivated and project focused learning, competent and effective communication in language acquisition. These skills are essential for studying at German Universities.

Examination Parts:

Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Written Communication, Oral Communication

Types of Questions:

Multiple choice, Matching, cloze-passage, true-false, written text production, Presentation, Dialogue

Where to take the exam:

examinations can be taken at accredited DSD schools only. (Enrolled students only.)

Assessment:

written components of the examinations are assessed in Germany

Levels of proficiency of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):

A1: The student can understand and form basic sentences, express specific needs, ask and answer questions about personal details.

A2: The student can communicate about simple and routine situations and exchange information on familiar matters.

B1: The student can produce simple connected texts about familiar interest areas and give reasons and explanations for dreams, hopes, plans and opinions.

B2: The student can understand complex texts about abstract topics and follow discussions in his or her field of specialisation; can express themselves fluently and spontaneously and give the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1: The student can recognise implicit meaning and express themselves fluently and spontaneously; can comment on complex subjects, using organisational patterns and cohesive devices.

C2: The student can understand virtually everything with ease, express themselves very fluently and spontaneously and differentiates finer shades of meaning even when commenting on more complex issues.


The Exam

Reading
Part 2
This section tests the candidates reading comprehension with different writings.
Listening
Part 2
In this section, several recordings will test the listening comprehension. The listening section includes a dialogue, a monologue, and audio sequences.
Writing
Part 3
Prove writing skills by tackling central questions and sample texts. This section has to be completed in a certain time.
Speaking
Part 4
Deliver a monologue on given keywords and answer relevant questions. The second part consists of a monologue delivered on a chosen subject, followed by discussion of the presented subject.