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Language Diploma

Deutsches Sprachdiplom

German Exams in BC

The Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (engl.: German Language Certificate of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs) is an official German language certificate of the German education authorities and the Foreign Office (Germany) certifying levels of knowledge of the German language in schools worldwide.

The program prepares the participants for a study in Germany in matters of language and cultural issues. It finishes with an exam and a certification on language competencies on level B1 or B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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Qualification for German Studies

Sprachdiplom in BC

Students can earn the DSD I and/or DSD II “Deutsches Sprachdiplom” as proof of their proficiency in German.  More precisely, the DSD I Diploma serves as proof of the necessary language skills required in order to enrol in college-level courses in Germany. Students must be between 13 and 17 years old when they write the exam.

The DSD II German Language Diploma is recognized by the German Ministry of Education as proof of the necessary level of proficiency required in order to attend a German university and is considered to be the equivalent of a German secondary school diploma for second language learning (Abitur – Deutsch als Fremdsprache).  Students must be between 15 and 21 years of age at the time of the exam.

DSD vs Class
  • Age
  • Grade
  • Location
  • Secondary Credits
  • Study in Germany
  • Language Credits for Canadian University
  • 14 - 16
  • 9 / 10
  • Language School
  • 4
  • Yes
  • No
  • 16 - 18
  • 11 / 12
  • Language School
  • 4
  • Yes
  • No
German 11
  • 15 - 16
  • 10 / 11
  • Secondary School
  • 4
  • No
  • Yes
German 12
  • 16 - 17
  • 11 / 12
  • Secondary School
  • 4
  • No
  • Yes

Writing the exam in BC

Accredited Language Schools in BC

Currently there are about 51.000 students in over 65 countries participating in the “Deutsches Sprachdiplom” exams each year. The exams of the “Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz” are prepared by the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) which also administers a network of advisors on German around the world.

Responsible for language schools in BC is the advisor for Canada West, Mr. Andreas Meckes located in Edmonton, Alberta.

The German language diploma can only be written at accredited language schools in BC which are the following:


Principal Ute Steves
2250 Eddington Drive


Principal Axel Rechlin
10441 132 St.


Principal Deborah Weber
@University of Victoria

Exam Content

Communication and Comprehension

Having learned German at a  language school for several years, candidates first write the DSD I exam on B1 level before writing the DSD II exam on the B2/C1 level. All exams are free of charge, fixed dates for the exams are March for the DSD I and November for the DSD II.

Each candidate must be registered by the school and needs approval by the German Agency for Schools Abroad. The student is only allowed to take part twice on each level.

The exam comprises listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing skills, and oral communication of the candidate. The written parts of the test are done as a class and the oral part individually in front of a commission. All four competencies must be completed with a certain score in order to obtain the diploma.

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