What is a „Deutsche Sprachdiplom“- DSD I?

What kind of qualification is it?

DSD I is a language exam. It gives the student a certificate of competency in German language.

 

Who sits for the exam?

DSD I must be obtained by every DaF (German as Foreign Language) student of Grade 9.

When does it take place?

It takes place in August of every year;

What is the procedure of the exam?

It comprises three written examinations and a 15-minute oral exam.
The written examination takes place only on one day:

  • Listening skills – 50 min
  • Reading skills - 70 min
  • Writing skills - 75 min

The oral exam is split into two parts:

  • First section:  5 min discussion time
  • Second section: a Power Point presentation for about 5 min on a previously prepared topic and followed by a 5 min discussion time

 

What language level does it examine.

DSD I is equal to Level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.for Languages

What is a „Deutsche Sprachdiplom“ - DSD II?

What kind of qualification is it?

DSD II is an additional qualification to the final South African exam which is only offered by the German schools in Southern Africa.

It is a certificate to prove proficiency in German for potential studies at a German university.

Who sits for the exam?

DSD II must be obtained by every DaF (German as Foreign Language) student and every DaM (German as Mother-Tongue) student in the NSC-Stream of Grade 12.
It is an additional qualification to the final South African exam which is only offered by the German schools in Southern Africa.

When does it take place?

It takes place in August of every year;

What is the procedure of the exam?

It comprises three written examinations and a 20-minute oral exam.
The written examination takes place only on one day:

  • Listening skills – 50 min
  • Reading skills - 85 min
  • Writing skills - 120 min

The oral exam is split into two parts:

  • First section:  a presentation for about 5 min on a given topic (20 min preparation time) and followed by a 5 min discussion time
  • Second section: a Power Point presentation for about 5 min on a previously prepared topic and followed by a 5 min discussion time

 

What language level does it examine.

DSD II is equal to Level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 
 
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