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November 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm #2332elginneMember
I’m currently occupying myself with similar issues, since my American husband and I (Austrian) are planning to move back to Austria from the States next year. I think you can actually take the test there and don’t need to prove the skills before you even enter Austria. I don’t know where you are from, but very often, foreigners can stay in Austria without a visa for 3 months – so I’m thinking you’d use that time to take the test.
However, I sent an email to the expat center in Vienna today to ask about exactly that (http://www.expatcenter.com).
Good luck!November 21, 2012 at 11:46 am #2368colleenMember
Hi elginne, now that I have arrived and gone through the residency process, I can confirm that your husband will definitely have to pass the A1 exam in the US before entering Austria. I did enter the country on a tourist visa, but the test had to be completed elsewhere. The Expat Center was a great help to us. The process went smoothly for us, because we had all of the paperwork, translations, apostilles, and COPIES!
Just a side note: I am beginning the A2 course next week, but they really push to start with A1+, because they say that the A1 (my test came from the Goethe Institut) isn’t adequate prep for the A2.
Please let me know if you’d like any info about my residency application experience!March 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm #2500siuMember
So where does a person take the A2 test officially, that is accepted by the Austrian officials? I am guessing not at a German school like Deutsche Akademie, IKI or some other institute?March 12, 2013 at 8:37 am #2501March 12, 2013 at 9:34 am #2502siuMember
Thanks Ames for the reply– that’s what I think too but several students that come to Vienna seem to think that’s not the case. The institutes prepare you and obviously teach you German but you have to take the OSD exam at their site.March 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm #2504kiwibevParticipant
i know english speeking people who have been married here and lived in austria for 20+ years and still cannot speek one work of german they have no problem liveing here !!!! 😀March 17, 2013 at 10:36 am #2505kavinMember
…It is weird that you have to pass a test before arriving t o Austria. …
Depends on the kind of visa an individual has applied for, so nothing weird about it! Everybody is somebody else’s weirdo ALZO, I find it weird that somebody is in a country for +2 decades & doesnt know the language, no matter how well they manage to get by in life- just plain boring & lazy lot 😐 such folks manage becuz the german speaking govt.s/systems are verry well organized + efficient.April 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm #2535colleenMember
I took my A2 course at VHS, and I will take the test there as well. The Start Wien website lists the schools that accept the vouchers for the required language courses, and I’m sure they must administer the tests as well. Here”s the link http://www.startwien.at/kurstraeger Here you can search for classes by date and location.
Having completed the A2 class, I wish that I had first taken the A1+ course. Most people in the class had already been here for a while and knew more than me. Now I am trying to prepare for the exam in June… I am der/die/das’d out! haha Good luck with yours![/url]
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