Examinations

Here you will find answers to your questions about the exams.

 


 

(Ancient) Greek Supplementary Exam

General Information

Why do I have to take a Supplementary Exam in (Ancient) Greek?

For some programmes offered at the University of Innsbruck you have to prove your knowledge of Greek.  Here you can see which programmes require this exam. Depending on your previous education, you have to pass the supplementary exam or equivalent.

Can I have the credits from the (Ancient) Greek Supplementary Exam accredited towards my studies?

No, because the Supplementary Exam is a prerequisite for studying.

Are there special courses in preparation for the (Ancient) Greek Supplementary Exam?

Unfortunately, there are currently no preparation courses at the Language Centre. However, we would be happy to inform you about suitable courses at other institutes.

Exam registration and deregistration (cancellation), General Terms and Conditions

For whom is the first Supplementary Exam free of charge?

For students of the University of Innsbruck the primary registration is free of charge if a supplementary exam is required. You can register online or directly at the course office.

How can I register for the (Ancient) Greek Supplementary Exam?

You can register both online and in person at the course office.

How does online registration work?

You can register online for the in (Ancient) Greek Supplementary Exam here. The exam fee can be paid by credit card, online bank transfer or PayPal.

Students and staff members of the University of Innsbruck need their username and email password.

All other applicants must first register with LFU:online before using the online registration and payment system.

How can I register in person at the course office?

Please bring a completed registration form with you. You can pay the exam fee in cash, with an ATM card or credit card.

I would like to cancel my registration from the exam. How can I do this?

This can be done by email. However, please let us know at least five working days before the set exam date if you wish to withdraw from the exam. 50 percent of the exam fee will be refunded. After that, no refund can be made. In case of a free of charge primary registration: After the 5 day deadline, cancellation or non-participation will not be charged. However, all further registrations will be subject to a fee.

Where can I find the General Terms and Conditions?

You can find our General Terms and Conditions here.

Examination Content, -Assessment, -Procedure and Certificate

Is there a mock exam?

Yes, you can find two mock exams here.

What is the content of the exam?

The examination shall be based on an original Greek text (prose; 140-160 words) or a slightly modified version of an original text. You must translate this text into German using a bilingual dictionary. You will get a reference to the context from which the passage originates or a reference that allows for a thematical classification. The exam consists either of one text that is independent in terms of content or of two correspondingly shorter texts that are independent in terms of content but contain essential grammatical constructions.

May I use a dictionary?

Yes, you may use a Greek-German dictionary (e.g. Griechisch-deutsches Schul- und Handwörterbuch von Gemoll, Langenscheidts Großwörterbuch Altgriechisch-Deutsch). However, grammar and verb tables are not permitted.

What is the test format?

The Supplementary Exam is a written examination. It lasts three hours (180 minutes).

How is the exam assessed and graded?

The assessment criterion for the Supplementary Exam is a grammatically correct translation which conveys the original meaning. Comprehensibility and closeness to the original text must be evident. The marking of the translation is based on an adapted version of the Austrian school leaving exam assessment rubric for Greek.

Points are firstly awarded according to pre-specified units of meaning. The answer key contains paraphrases that express the main concepts that must be included in the translation. Secondly, points are awarded for lexis, morphology, and syntax, which are marked according to a number of predetermined checkpoints.

Grading is based on a set grading rubric. A pass is awarded if at least 51 percent of the maximum number of points is achieved (36-40 points: very good (1), 31-35 points: good (2), 26-30 points: satisfactory (3) 20-25 points: sufficient (4) 0-19 points: fail (5)).

When and how do I get the exam results and the certificate?

As a student of the University of Innsbruck, you can retrieve and print your exam results directly via LFU:online about five working days after the examination. A verification of the knowledge of (Ancient) Greek is thus provided.

External participants and staff of the University of Innsbruck will receive their exam results by email approximately five working days after the examination. The certificate can be picked up at the Language Centre after a period of five additional working days. Upon request, we would also be happy to send you the certificate by post.

Can I see the exam I have taken?

Yes, the examination documents are kept for six months at the Institute for Languages and Literatures, Department of Latin/Greek Studies (Langer Weg 11, Zentrum für alte Kulturen). There you have the opportunity to inspect your documents during office opening hours (Mon -Thu, 09:00-12:00 am and 01:30-04:00 pm). All exam documents will be destroyed after six months.

What rules must be followed during the exam?

Please note that only exam documents, pens and a Greek-German dictionary may be placed on the desk during the examination. Dictionaries are checked for notes or cheat sheets. Jackets, bags, mobile phones etc. must be stowed under the seat. Translations/notes may only be made on the paper distributed and stamped by the examiner.


Latin Supplemantary Exam

General Information

Why do I have to take a Latin Supplementary Exam?

For some programmes offered at the University of Innsbruck you have to prove your knowledge of Latin.  Here you can see which programmes require this exam. Depending on your previous education, you have to pass the supplementary exam or equivalent.

Can I have the credits from the Latin Supplementary Exam accredited towards my studies?

No, because the Supplementary Exam is a prerequisite for studying.

Are there special courses in preparation for the Latin Supplementary Exam?

Yes. Every semester we offer preparation courses for the Latin Supplementary Exam. You can find these courses here.

Exam Registration and Deregistration (Cancellation), General Terms and Conditions

For whom is the first Supplementary Exam free of charge?

For students of the University of Innsbruck the primary registration is free of charge if a supplementary exam is required. You can register online or directly at the course office.

How can I register for the Latin Supplementary Exam?

You can register both online and in person at the course office.

How does online registration work?

You can register online for the Latin Supplementary Exam here. The exam fee can be paid by credit card, online bank transfer or PayPal.

Students and staff members of the University of Innsbruck need their username and email password.

All other applicants must first register with LFU:online before using the online registration and payment system.

How can I register in person at the course office?

Please bring a completed registration form with you. You can pay the examination fee in cash, with an ATM card or credit card.

I would like to cancel my registration from the exam. How can I do this?

This can be done by email. However, please let us know at least five calendar days before the set exam date if you wish to withdraw from the exam. 50 percent of the exam fee will be refunded. After that, no refund can be made. In case of a free of charge primary registration: After the 5 day deadline, cancellation or non-participation will not be charged. However, all further registrations will be subject to a fee.

Where can I find the General Terms and Conditions?

You can find the General Terms and Conditions here.

Examination Content, -Assessment, -Procedure and Certificate

Is there a mock exam?

Yes, you can find two sample exams as well as a corrected sample exam with the grade "2" and one with the grade "4" (including a grading chart) here.

What is the content of the exam?

The examination shall be based on an original Latin text (prose; 160-180 words) or a slightly modified version of an original text. You must translate this text into German using a bilingual dictionary. You will get a reference to the context from which the passage originates or a reference that allows for a thematical classification. The exam consists either of one text that is independent in terms of content or of two correspondingly shorter texts that are independent in terms of content but contain essential grammatical constructions such as Participium coniunctum, Ablativus absolutus, subjunctive in main and subordinate clauses, nd-construction, Accusativus cum Infinitivo, Nominativus cum Infinitivo amoung others.

May I use a dictionary?

Yes. You may use the following Latin-German dictionaries: Stowasser and Stowasser primus, Schülerduden Latin-German, Pons Latin-German dictionary, Langenscheidt Großes Schulwörterbuch Latin-German. It is allowed to use more than one of these dictionaries in the exam. Other dictionaries, grammar or verb tables are not allowed. Compact versions for the first or second reading (e.g. Stowasser Primus, Schülerduden Lateinisch-Deutsch) are only recommended in combination with a more detailed dictionary (e.g. Stowasser, Pons Lateinisch-Deutsch, Langenscheidt Großes Schulwörterbuch Lateinisch-Deutsch).

What is the test format?

The Supplementary Exam is a written examination. It lasts three hours (180 minutes).

How is the exam assessed and graded?

The assessment criterion for the test is a grammatically correct translation which conveys the original meaning. Comprehensibility and closeness to the original text must be evident. The marking of the translation is based on an adapted version of the Austrian school leaving exam assessment rubric for Latin.

Points are firstly awarded according to pre-specified units of meaning. The answer key contains paraphrases that express the main concepts that must be included in the translation. Secondly, points are awarded for lexis, morphology, and syntax, which are marked according to a number of predetermined checkpoints.

Grading is based on a set grading rubric. A pass is awarded if at least 51 percent of the maximum number of points is achieved (36-40 points: very good (1), 31-35 points: good (2), 26-30 points: satisfactory (3), 20-25 points: sufficient (4), 0-19 points: fail (5)).

When and how do I get the examination results and the certificate?

As a student of the University of Innsbruck, you can retrieve and print your exam results directly via LFU:online about five working days after the examination. A verification of the knowledge of Latin is thus provided.

External participants and staff of the University of Innsbruck will receive their exam results by email approximately five working days after the examination. The certificate can be picked up at the Language Centre after a period of five additional working days. Upon request, we would also be happy to send you the certificate by post.

Can I see the exam I have taken?

Yes, the examination documents are kept for six months at the Institute for Languages and Literatures, Department of Latin/Greek Studies (Langer Weg 11, Zentrum für alte Kulturen). There you have the opportunity to inspect your documents during office opening hours (Mon -Thu, 09:00-12:00 am and 01:30-04:00 pm). All exam documents will be destroyed after six months.

What rules must be followed during the exam?

Please note that only examination documents, pens and a Latin-German dictionary may be placed on the desk during the examination. Dictionaries are checked for notes or cheat sheets. Jackets, bags, mobile phones, watches etc. must be stowed under the seat. Translations/notes may only be made on the paper distributed and stamped by the examiner.


ÖSD (Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch)

General Information

What is the ÖSD?

ÖSD (Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch) is an internationally recognised examination system for German as a foreign language and German as a second language.

What ÖSD exams can I take at the Language Centre?

You can take the following ÖSD exams with us at the Language Centre:
ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1
ÖSD Zertifikat B2
ÖSD Zertifikat C1

How often do ÖSD exams take place?

We offer ÖSD exam dates four times a year. You can see the next exam dates here.

Exam Registration and Deregistration (Cancellation)

I would like to register for an ÖSD exam. What do I need?

Here you can register online for an ÖSD exam and pay by credit card, online bank transfer or PayPal. The documents required for the registration (copy of photo ID, confirmation of partial examination if necessary) can be uploaded directly online.

You can also register in person at the course office. Please bring a completed registration form and a copy of your photo ID with you. You can pay the examination fee in cash or by ATM card.

I have already passed a part of an ÖSD exam and would like to register only for the part that I did not pass. Is that possible?

Yes, you can register online or in person at the course office for only one part of the examination (oral part only or written part only). Please bring the certificate from the exam that you did not pass and a photo ID with you or upload both when registering online.

Until when can I register?

You can register at the latest 15 days before the exam date.

I would like to cancel my registration. How can I do this?

You can cancel your registration by email at the latest ten working days before the exam date.

Examination Content, -Assessment and Certificate

What are the components of the exam?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The two parts usually take place on the same day. The written exam tests listening, reading and writing skills; the oral exam tests speaking skills.

Is there a mock exam? How can I prepare for the exams?

On the ÖSD website (http://www.osd.at) you will find a set of sample exams for each level, and you can also order practise materials. There is also a list of institutions offering preparation courses. The Language Centre does not offer special preparation courses for ÖSD exams.

Where can I get more information about the exam content?

Exam descriptions and sample exam sets can be found on the ÖSD website.

When and how do I get the test result and the certificate?

About five working days after the exam you will receive your exam result by email. The certificate will be sent to you by post after 14 days.

May I use a dictionary?

That depends on which ÖSD exam you take:
ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1: You are not allowed to use a dictionary.
ÖSD Zertifikat B2: You can use a monolingual or bilingual dictionary.
ÖSD Zertifikat C1: You can use a monolingual dictionary.

Can I see the exam I have taken?

No. According to ÖSD, it is unfortunately not possible to inspect the exam documents (task sheets, written texts, etc.).


IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

General Information

What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and is an internationally recognised language and admission certificate. Worldwide, 9,000 universities, colleges and other educational institutions in more than 135 countries require an IELTS test as proof of English language proficiency.

Which institutions accept IELTS qualifications?

Here you will find institutions that accept IELTS: Who accepts IELTS?

How often do IELTS exams take place at the Language Centre?

The Language Centre offers exam dates twice a year, ideally in May and November. You can find our IELTS exam dates here.

Exam Registration

How do I register for the IELTS exams?

All applications will be processed by the British Council Austria. Registration is possible directly at the British Council Austria. You can find instructions on how to register here.

How long can I register for the exam?

The examination spaces will be assigned in order of registration. We therefore recommend that you register as soon as possible. The registration period ends two weeks before the exam date.

Examination Content, -Procedure and Certificate

How can I prepare for the exams and what is the IELTS Info Meeting?

We offer you an IELTS information meeting about four weeks before the exam date. Here at the Language Centre you will find information about the examination format and the examination procedure. The information meeting is free of charge. If you would like to register for the information meeting, please send an email to sprachenzentrum@uibk.ac.at.

Unfortunately, the Language Centre does not offer special preparation courses. On the website of the British Council Austria you will find information on how to prepare for the IELTS exams.

What is the test format?

The IELTS exams consist of a written and an oral part. The two parts usually take place on consecutive days. The skills Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking are tested.

When and how do I get the test results and the certificate?

You can view your result online 13 days after the written exam date. The certificate will be sent to you by post on the same day. The evaluation is done on a scale from 0 (Did not attempt the test) to 9 (Expert user).

May I use a dictionary?

No. Dictionaries are not allowed on the IELTS exams.


Language Proficiency Test for semester abroad

General Information

Who are the Language Proficiency Tests designed for?

The Language Proficiency Tests are designed for Innsbruck University students who are doing a semester abroad (e.g. Erasmus+, Joint Study) as part of their study programme and must provide proof of their level of a foreign language. Some partner universities require proof of foreign language proficiency.

What is a Language Proficiency Certificate?

This document certifies a certain proficiency level in a foreign language according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students of the University of Innsbruck can gain a certificate by sitting an exam at the Language Centre. The Language Centre offers such exams in English and French.

In which languages can I do a Language Proficiency Test?

At the Language Centre we offer tests in English and French for the Language Proficiency Test.

What levels are there Language Proficiency Tests and Certificates for? 

There are Language Proficiency Tests and Certificates for the level B2 in English and B1 in French.

Which Language Proficiency Test do I need for my semester abroad? 

You can find information about which partner university requires which kind of language proficiency certificate here. For further information, please contact the International Relations Office of the University of Innsbruck directly.

How often do the exams take place? 

We offer Language Competence Tests four times a year: mid-March, end of March, mid-April and mid-September. You can see the next exam dates here.

Exam Registration and Deregistration (Cancellation), General Terms and Conditions

How can I register for the Language Competence Test?

You can register both online and in person at the course office. Please note: The Language Competence Test is only for students of the University of Innsbruck.

How does online registration work?

You can register online for the Language Competence Test here. The exam fee can be paid by credit card, online bank transfer or PayPal.

Students of the University of Innsbruck need their username and email password.

How can I register in person at the course office?

Please bring a completed registration form with you. You can pay the exam fee in cash, with an ATM card or credit card.

I would like to cancel my registration from the exam. How can I do this?

This can be done by email. However, please let us know at least five calendar days before the set exam date if you wish to withdraw from the exam. 50 per cent of the exam fee will be refunded. After that, no refund can be made.

I have already taken the Language Proficiency Test at the Language Centre and have been nominated for a study abroad programme. Can I get a refund for part of the exam fee?

Yes, you will be reimbursed Euro 30 if you have been nominated for a place in an Erasmus+ programme or for a place in another exchange programme and can present the successfully completed Language Proficiency Certificate. For refunds, please contact the International Relations Office of the University of Innsbruck directly.

Where can I find the General Terms and Conditions?

You can find the General Terms and Conditions here.

Examination Content, -Assessment, -Procedure and Certificate

What type of exam is it? How long does the Language Proficiency Test take?

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. The two parts usually take place on the same day. The written exam consists of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing. The oral exam assesses your speaking skills.

How do I find out when the oral test is taking place?

You will receive an email with the exact time of your oral exam after registration has ended.

What does the test cover?

The contents of the exam vary according to language and level. The Language Proficiency Test consists of four sections. The listening and reading comprehension sections test receptive language skills, and the writing and speaking sections test productive language skills.

Listening Comprehension
You will hear two audio files. The tasks include both open (e.g. writing key words) and closed questions (e.g. multiple choice or matching). The focus is on selective listening comprehension that means understanding details (e.g. understanding individual statements or specific information).

Reading Comprehension
You will receive two reading texts. The tasks include open (e.g. writing key words) as well as closed questions (e.g. multiple choice or matching). The reading comprehension section examines selective comprehension and detailed comprehension.

Writing
In the writing section, you must write a text in your own words following the requirements given in the prompt.

Speaking
The speaking section is in the form of a dialogue (not a monologue) between candidates. After a ten-minute preparation period, the candidates will then discuss the topic provided.

May I use a dictionary?

That depends on which exam you take:
French B1: You are not allowed to use a dictionary.
English B2: You can use a dictionary.

How is the test assessed and graded?

All four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) must be passed in order to pass the whole language proficiency test. In order to pass, you must get at least 60 per cent in each skill. If one skill is under 60 per cent, the entire exam must be repeated.

When and how do I get the test result and the Language Proficiency Certificate?

When possible, you will receive your result by the examiner directly after the oral examination. Nevertheless, you will receive your result by email no later than five working days after the examination date. Approximately five days after the oral examination, you can pick up your Language Proficiency Certificate at the Language Centre. Upon request, we will also be happy to send you the certificate by post.



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