Students who are at least 14 years old and have successfully passed the A2 test can take the DSD 1 test.
This rigorous test issued by the ZfA certifies the B1 level. A student who reaches the B1 level is eligible to attend a Studienkolleg in Germany, the tuition-free college prep program for international students.
The student will have to give a short prepared presentation for an exam committee on a Saturday and take an approximately 3 hour written exam at GSEB on a weekday. The testing dates are set by the ZfA in Germany.
We will have to register your student in December before we know the exact dates of the examinations (most likely in March/April). Please note that we cannot unregister your child once registered. If you have a scheduling conflict due to traveling (spring break), it will count as a failed exam.
The DSD 1 exam can be repeated once if it was not passed or if it was passed on the A2 level. We recommend waiting until your student is at least 15 and a freshman or sophomore in High School, as this test is not only rigorous regarding the German skills, but also regarding their intellectual maturity. Older students usually test significantly better than younger students.
Your student will need at least 20-30 hours at home to prepare for the written exam and to write and practice their presentation for the oral exam. Students who wish to register for the DSD I exam need to meet stringent registration criteria, certified by their teacher.
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Students who are at least 16 years old and who have passed the AP German test with a score of 4 or higher are eligible to be registered for the DSD 2 test.
Students must meet the ZfA criteria, as certified by their teacher. The DSD 2 test can be passed on two levels, B2 (advanced intermediate) or C1 (nearly native level). A student who passes on the B2 level is eligible to attend a Studienkolleg in Germany, the tuition-free college prep program for international students, a student who passes on the C1 level meets the language requirements to attend a German University. The actual admission is also dependent on their academic performance in High School.
This most rigorous exam consists of an oral exam that the student will have to prepare at home, with guidance from their teacher. Please schedule at least 25 hours for the preparation of the presentation.
The written exam will be held in December, on a weekday at a location TBD. Please schedule at least another 25 hours of homework to prepare for the written test. The oral exam usually takes place in early spring. GSEB has no influence on the test dates and location, and we will have to register your child in mid September before we know the exact exam dates. Please note that we cannot unregister your child once he/she is registered. If they do not take the test, it will count as a failed exam.
Your child will be able to retake the test once, if they don’t score on the B2 or C1 level. A test passed on the B2 level cannot be retaken to achieve a better result.
Students who wish to register for the DSD II exam need to meet stringent registration criteria, certified by their teacher.
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