Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) GKS & ÖSD

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from HDC-German Knowledge Sprachzentrum Cebu City and ÖSD Examination Center contains the most commonly asked questions about about our courses and examinations.

Q: What do I need exam A1 for?
A: You need it for visa application (fiancé visa and family reunion) at the German Embassy Manila

Q: When and where can I take exams?
A: You can take the exams here in Cebu City at the HDC-German Knowledge Sprachzentrum as well as in Manila

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: Yes. You should at least be 14 years old in order to take the exam

Q: Where can I get free training materials?
A: You can download a sample exam at:

Q: How many hours of German lessons do I need before I can take the A1 exam?
A: We advise our students to enroll in the German A1 Course first before taking the exam. This course is equivalent to to ~107 units or ~80 hours

Q: If I don't pass, can I take the exam again?
A: Yes, but you have to register and pay the examination fee again

Q: How will I get my certificate?
A: We will send the certificate and/or exam result by LBC to your address within the Philippines

Q: What should I do in case I lose my certificate?
A: Please get in touch with the registrar, HDC-German Knowledge Sprachzentrum in Cebu City. A duplicate certificate costs € 15.00 plus shipping costs for LBC (Wien to Cebu City)

Q: Can I study or work in Germany with this certificate?
A: The A1 certificate is unfortunately not enough for acceptance in a German university or for work. You need a higher educated Level for Studying (A2, B1 and B2)


Cebu City

HDC - German Knowledge Sprachzentrum
2F Mezzanine WDC-Building
P. Burgos St. corner Osmena Blvd.
Cebu City, Philippines, 6000

Phone: +63 32 239 2355
Cellphone: +63 929 348 3385
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Tagbilaran City

HDC - German Knowledge Sprachzentrum
Mrs. Myrna C. Walter
3rd Flr. "JA Penthouse"
Espuelas St. corner F. Doria St.
Tagbilaran City, Philippines, 6300

Phone: +63 32 512 0254
Cellphone: +63 921 923 1221 / +63 915 462 8041
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