Das Deutsche Sprachdiplom: DSD I & DSD II  

The Official Language Program designed by the German Government   

WHAT IS THE "DEUTSCHE SPRACHDIPLOM"?

  • The Deutsches Sprachdiplom is a program designed by the German government responsible for education (KMK-Deutsch, DSD-English). Passing the final exam will provide the student with the only certificate all "Studienkollegs" and universities will accept without further validation of language abilities. Children ages 14 and up can receive this certificate after passing a vigorous examination of their German writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. There are two levels: DSD I and DSD II, with the DSD II proving the linguistic abilities a typical German "Abiturient" (high school graduate) would have.

    • The age limits are guidelines, and an earlier participation can be decided upon on an individual basis.

Who can take the DSD?

  • Any child older than 14 may take the DSD (age is a general guideline, and children may take the test earlier, if they can prove suitability). Only certified schools can administer the exam, and the child needs to be enrolled in one of these schools to be eligible for the test. The DANK Haus is a long-standing member of this program and is working closely with the ZfA (Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen) to continually foster our students' successes.

How much German does my child need to know for the exam?

There are two levels:

  • The DSD I requires that the child is able to communicate in everyday situations beyond basic information, and can use the language somewhat independently. This level is standardized as Level B1 on the CEFR.

  • The DSD II requires that the child can communicate on a near-native level, where language use is thoroughly independent.This level is standardized as Level B2 and C1 on the CEFR.

  • Even if your child does not speak any German in the beginning, our dedicated teaching staff will work with her/him towards the DSD goal until he/she is ready and comfortable to take it.

Why should my child take the exam?

Taking the exam will certify your child’s German abilities. This means

  • that your child has the linguistic prerequisite to study at a Studienkolleg in Germany - with the DSD I 

  • that you child has the linguistic prerequisite to study at a University in Germany - with the DSD II 

  • that your child may be able to use this certificate in school as proof of a foreign language (this depends on the individual school's policies).


WHICH CLASSES CAN MY CHILD TAKE TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM?

  • Our learning plan throughout our classes are designed with the DSD in mind, as the skills a student learns for these exams will not only allow him or her to master the language, but will teach life-long skills. Therefore, we start the journey towards this goal in Elementary School, while we always keep in mind that learning should be all-encompassing, and not just defined to the desk. You can read more about our philosophy of teaching and learning here.
    • Classes up to 5th grade are taught in-person.
  • Our dedicated DSD classes (6th grade and up) are all virtual, and you can sign up here for middle schoolers, and here for high schoolers.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE UNTIL MY CHILD CAN TAKE THE TEST?
  • The answer to this is: it depends. We want to make sure that your child can take the exam successfully (only one re-take is allowed), and to reach this level of comfort depends not only on what the child learns in school, but also how this learning is re-enforced at home, how motivated the child is, and many more factors.
  • Even for bi-lingual speakers, who are comfortable with their German, it takes at least one semester of specific preparation to take the test.
  • A general timeline would look like this:


WHAT DOES THE EXAM LOOK LIKE?

  • While the basic requirements are the same for both tests ( writing, reading, listening, and speaking), the tests are slightly different.


SO, IF MY CHILD HAS THE DSD II HE/SHE CAN STUDY IN GERMANY?

  • No. Your child also needs additional proof of his/her knowledge and abilities in other subject matters, such as math and science. The DSD II certifies only that your child can understand and produce enough German to attend a University in German. The German Academic Exchange Program DAAD has a comprehensive list for admission requirements for studying at a German university.


ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO PROVE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY?

  • Yes. (However, the DSD is the only one that is officially recognized by the German government and universities.)
  • Both these tests levels are not in themselves high enough to prove the required linguistic proficiency for German universities. They might however be combined with other certificates and then enable your child to enroll. Please check the DAAD requirement list for detailed information.


HAVE More QUESTIONS? COntact us any time at kinderschule@dankhaus.com or call us at +1 (773) - 561-9181 ext. 2


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