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C permit : Schweizerischer Digitaler Sprachtest SDS advice

hello everyone,

I am looking for advice about the SDS test for c permit application. (A1 writing, A2speaking)

has anybody done the SDS test? could you kindly share what kind of questions are likely to be asked (especially writing and speaking, I would like to know) ?
I am not worried any hearing test, but writing and speaking I feel I should prepare good. I checked Goethe , TELC speaking and writing on youtube.
and I am not sure if I can write a letter like suggested answers (or maybe I just memorize those and adopt since Qs are more or less similar (like cancelling appointments, meeting arrangement with friends etc) . and what about speaking? what kind of questions are likely to be asked?

would appreciate if someone can advice me.

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Re: C permit : Schweizerischer Digitaler Sprachtest SDS advice

I thought you do a test with a specific school and then give them the certificate when applying for permit C.
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Re: C permit : Schweizerischer Digitaler Sprachtest SDS advice

Find a school/teacher and pay for an hour of their advice. It's invaluable and you'll get a massive ROI on your investment and avoid running round like a headless chicken.
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Re: C permit : Schweizerischer Digitaler Sprachtest SDS advice

See here:
SDS exam - new Swiss language certificate?
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Re: C permit : Schweizerischer Digitaler Sprachtest SDS advice

I sat the SDS test in Zurich in November. Nearly the whole test is based on iPad, wearing headphones in a room of maybe 20 people. You are presented with pages of questions where you have to e.g. match a shape to a word, or choose a relevant shape based on a sentence etc.

As you progress you start to fill in words then gradually you get to write a short note, email, formal letter etc. based on a theme the test provides. It gets gradually harder, including some longer reading comprehension tests, which at B2 level get quite challenging (at least for me). You just continue as far as you can, eventually stopping when it makes no more sense to you. You are graded (A1, A2, B1, B2 etc) on the amount you have achieved and the accuracy. One note - you cannot go back at any point to an earlier question (in case a latter one prompted your memory and you re-think an earlier answer).

At some point in the test you will be called for a 10 minute face to face discussion - be prepared that is not entirely in private, but others in the room will be wearing their headsets so it is not too intimidating. You do need a reasonable amount of hearing comprehension at the start as instructions etc. are given in German (of course) and IMHO not in a very sympathetic way considering the differing ability range within the group.

You are assessed separately on the speaking/listening part and the iPad based part, then get an overall rating based on a combined score.

One rather odd thing is in the iPad based Questions you have to provide some personal details e.g. date of birth etc. which I think they gather for use on the final certificate. I asked whether I should provide real details and was told yes - I found that an odd way to do it.

I was very happy with the outcome considering the limited amount of preparation I did. I was not so happy that I was not asked for the certificate when I went to renew my C permit - I only did it in case it was required (some guidance seems to suggest it is required, some not).
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Re: C permit : Schweizerischer Digitaler Sprachtest SDS advice

Dear Jaudi,
Thank you for your info.
I guess if you had already C permit before the C permit rule changed then they would not ask.
auf jeden Fall, do you remember what kind of questions (Oral) they asked? I guess that would help me a bit.
I actually made the placement Test with SDS (online) they came back I am on A2 level.
there were 150 questions and I got 104 correct.
The last 30 questions were quite hard and I felt those are obviously more than B1...
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Re: C permit : Schweizerischer Digitaler Sprachtest SDS advice

The spoken section was really just like chatting to a person in a shop or bar - simple questions about your life, employment, hobbies, ambitions etc. They are judging how well you understand the questions and how clearly and accurately your responses are.
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