The Austrian Language Diploma in German Association (ÖSD) relies on Philips VoiceTracer Audio Recorders to record spoken German exams as a quality assurance and control measure.
Philips VoiceTracer Audio Recorders have proven useful in a wide variety of situations where it is necessary to record important audio and save it as MP3 files for later use, be that in a university setting for students to record lectures, or in an office setting for recording meetings. The following example of a provider of internationally recognized German language exams and certificates represents another exciting application for the device, which eases the workload for everyone involved.
The non-profit organization ÖSD was founded in 1994. It offers standardized tests for German as a foreign and second language at around 400 licensed testing centers in more than 50 countries across the globe. The ÖSD tests conform to international guidelines and are based on the level descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The levels awarded by the ÖSD range from A1 to C2, which are a recognized standard around the world. Each year more than 140,000 people sit ÖSD examinations, for example in order to apply for a job at a company that demands candidates have a certain level of competence in German. Prospective students whose first language is not German also often require standardized proof of their German language skills in the form of an ÖSD certificate before they can study at a university in a German-speaking country.
Using the Philips devices gives the examiners the security of knowing that the examination results can be proven at any time, should they be disputed.
Dr. Manuela Glaboniat
Managing Director and Academic Director, ÖSD