German Language Certificate

'With our DSD I & II program, we offer students with German language skills the opportunity to further expand their language skills for future tertiary education. The DSD provides an enriching environment with small groups to enhance learning. Students engage in cultural activities such as the ‘German Day Out’ which involves German film study and literature.'

Christina Remshardt, DSD Coordinator / Deputy Principal

German language learning available for Year 7 students onwards.

Our school is accredited to offer the German Language Certificate (Deutsches Sprachdiplom – DSD) for young adults (Year 7 students onwards) giving them an opportunity to maintain and further develop their advanced German language skills. The program prepares for their VCE exam in the subject German and the German Language Certificate (Deutsches Sprachdiplom - DSD). The DSD program is open to former DSM students and students with equivalent German language skills. External students are very welcome to take part in the DSD I program; however their German language skills need to be assessed first. The minimum entry level is A2 (Common European Quality Framework). 

The DSD I runs over three semesters and prepares students for the examination that they will sit in September of the second year. The following two years prepare students for the more advanced DSD II examination, which takes place three years after the DSD I examination. By passing this exam, students demonstrate that they are proficient enough in German to commence with studies at a tertiary institution in a German-speaking country.

The DSD program at Deutsche Schule Melbourne is held twice-weekly (Mon & Wed 4:30pm to 6:00pm) at 90 minutes each. 

DSD I and II are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen):

  • Level B1 (DSD I): basic use of the language; language proficiency certificate permits enrolment at a preparatory “Studienkolleg” in Germany
  • Level B2/C1 (DSD II): independent use of the language; provides proof of German language proficiency required for admission to institutions of higher education and university level in German-speaking countries. Students taking the VCE exam in German will only be required to complete units 3 & 4 of the VCE with the successful completion of the DSD II program.
Success

DSD I & II examinations are held in 65 countries, with about 65,000 participants every year worldwide.

Examination Parts

The DSD I & II offers an official certificate with centralised exams. The exam consists of four parts: a written essay, reading and listening comprehension, as well as oral communication.

Assessment

Evaluation of the written examination is conducted in German and students take the exam at Deutsche Schule Melbourne.

Program Fee

DSD I / DSD II: AUD 511.50 per term (+ materials)

Why choose Deutsche Schule Melbourne?

As a central agency for examinations in Victoria, we draw on our extensive experience as an authentic provider of German language education. Lesson content caters to the needs of individual learners, and feedback is regularly provided to students and parents. Based on our experience and customised preparation, we have a high success rate in our exams.