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SDS exam - new Swiss language certificate?

Hi all, I recently learned about the SDS test (Der Schweizerische Digitale Sprachtest), which is supposed to be a Swiss language test acceptable for the purpose of the permit requirements.

Has anyone taken it yet?

A person from a language school I called today mentioned this test as an alternative to the Fide one, and said that it is supposed to be "easier". The results can be written down in your Sprachenpass as well (with the additional payment of 20 franks).

It looks like it's a new thing, but I was wondering if anyone can share their experience already?

Thanks!
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Old 09.01.2020, 13:25
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Hi all, I recently learned about the SDS test (Der Schweizerische Digitale Sprachtest), which is supposed to be a Swiss language test acceptable for the purpose of the permit requirements.

Has anyone taken it yet?

A person from a language school I called today mentioned this test as an alternative to the Fide one, and said that it is supposed to be "easier". The results can be written down in your Sprachenpass as well (with the additional payment of 20 franks).

It looks like it's a new thing, but I was wondering if anyone can share their experience already?

Thanks!

Best to check here:


https://www.englishforum.ch/permits-...ts-2020-a.html



https://www.fragomen.com/insights/al...-stricter-2020


as these tests will only be valid from accredited institutions.


Edit: it seems that that one is accepted.
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Re: SDS exam - new Swiss language certificate?

Easier? I see that it is a graded test. You do it and you will know your level. Unlike Goethe or TELC where you aim for a specific level and the result is a pass or fail.

Another advantage is that you get the result within 48h. And it apparently does not make that much time to do the test. The test is offered in evening slots at 18:30.

And yes, it is accepted, here the official list from the Swiss government: https://www.sem.admin.ch/dam/data/se...tifikate-d.pdf
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Re: SDS exam - new Swiss language certificate?

Thank you both. I was hoping that someone actually took the test, too, and can share their thoughts on it.
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Did anyone take SDS German exam?

Hi everyone!

Did anyone take a new SDS exam? It is in the list of recognized tests from the Migrationsamt.

Seems like not many schools offer it, and the one that I am looking at now, seems to be unbelievably efficient: test takes place in 2 weeks, results come in 48 hours, decent price; whereas other tests are nothing like that, you register much in advance, no places already, results take 4 weeks to come.

What's the catch? Did anyone pass this exam for the Migrationsamt purposes?
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Re: SDS exam - new Swiss language certificate?

Hi all,

A member just asked me to share my experience with the SDS test, so here it is:

I took the test in Zurich here: https://deutschtest.ch/zuerich-deutschtest/, but you can consider any of the test centers listed here: https://deutschtest.ch/#!ZH, and choose the most convenient day and place.

The letter with the results does actually get delivered to your address after two days!

Here are some of the questions I can remember of:
- fill in the missing letters in the alphabet (sounds strange, but yes, there was this question),
- pick the right form of a verb that is missing in the sentence (those were some really basic sentences),
- insert the missing pronoun (also, as with all other questions, you are only to choose from a couple of offered answers, no need to think of it yourself ),
- in the writing section you were supposed to write: a message to your colleague explaining you will be out of office that day; an application for a job (like a motivation letter); an email to the doctor explaining you have to postpone the appointment for a certain reason; a passage on one of the 2 topics provided by them (I think this is for B2 only) - I chose to write about the use of technology in workplace (can't remember what the second one was),
- in the speaking section, people were usually asked to introduce themselves (date of birth/homeland/residence in Switzerland/married/kids/profession and similar basic topics, but also to spell their first and last name), I was asked to speak about what I dreamed of becoming as a child,
- hearing was also not that difficult, I just can't think of the specific conversation they played.

Most of the topics were work related - situations from work, reading the job advertisements and similar. And their examples provided here: https://www.digitalersprachtest.ch/w...spielaufgaben/ actually resemble the real test questions pretty good.

The atmosphere was pleasant. The only thing I didn't like is that they conduct interviews (speaking section) in the same room where other people work on the test. So, you are invited to speak with the examiner in the middle of your test, and it can happen at any point during the test. This bothered me a bit because it was difficult to focus on the test while you hear other people speaking in the same room - I don't think this was specific to the test center, but that it is the same everywhere.

The Migration Office accepted my certificate, so it really works

Hope this helps!
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Re: SDS exam - new Swiss language certificate?

take the test

https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/versteh...2-385810296373
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Hi all,

A member just asked me to share my experience with the SDS test, so here it is:

I took the test in Zurich here: https://deutschtest.ch/zuerich-deutschtest/, but you can consider any of the test centers listed here: https://deutschtest.ch/#!ZH, and choose the most convenient day and place.

The letter with the results does actually get delivered to your address after two days!

Here are some of the questions I can remember of:
- fill in the missing letters in the alphabet (sounds strange, but yes, there was this question),
- pick the right form of a verb that is missing in the sentence (those were some really basic sentences),
- insert the missing pronoun (also, as with all other questions, you are only to choose from a couple of offered answers, no need to think of it yourself ),
- in the writing section you were supposed to write: a message to your colleague explaining you will be out of office that day; an application for a job (like a motivation letter); an email to the doctor explaining you have to postpone the appointment for a certain reason; a passage on one of the 2 topics provided by them (I think this is for B2 only) - I chose to write about the use of technology in workplace (can't remember what the second one was),
- in the speaking section, people were usually asked to introduce themselves (date of birth/homeland/residence in Switzerland/married/kids/profession and similar basic topics, but also to spell their first and last name), I was asked to speak about what I dreamed of becoming as a child,
- hearing was also not that difficult, I just can't think of the specific conversation they played.

Most of the topics were work related - situations from work, reading the job advertisements and similar. And their examples provided here: https://www.digitalersprachtest.ch/w...spielaufgaben/ actually resemble the real test questions pretty good.

The atmosphere was pleasant. The only thing I didn't like is that they conduct interviews (speaking section) in the same room where other people work on the test. So, you are invited to speak with the examiner in the middle of your test, and it can happen at any point during the test. This bothered me a bit because it was difficult to focus on the test while you hear other people speaking in the same room - I don't think this was specific to the test center, but that it is the same everywhere.

The Migration Office accepted my certificate, so it really works

Hope this helps!
Thanks for the information. So do you recommend it, instead of TELC for example?
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