Students Excel on the Level 1 National German Exam
Thursday, May 14, 2015
4,168 students across the US recently took the 2015 Level 1 National German Exam for High School Students. The year marked the initial administration of a Level 1 Exam.
471 students scored in the 90th percentile or higher on the exam and were honored with Gold medals. The AATG honored 383 Silver medals to students scoring in the 80th to 89th percentile and 420 students earned Bronze medals by scoring in the 70th to 79th percentile on the National German Exam. All National German Exam Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Winners are also honored online with a special commendation from AATG President Mohamed Esa of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.
The Level 1 Exam is tailored to the knowledge and skills of a beginning German student. Specially designed to allow German I students to show what they know, the exam is divided into two sections: Section I assesses listening and viewing and consists of 50 questions, Section II assesses reading and consists of 50 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete each section. The content of the exam focuses on family, friends, school, and hobbies.
The mean score of student in the Standard Group was 78.2. The Standard Group was comprised of 4,020 students who responded “no” to the survey question, “Is German spoken regularly in your home?” If the students’ knowledge of German comes only from German classes taught in US schools, they are instructed to answer no. 148 students who answered yes to the survey question comprise the Non-Standard Group. The mean score of the Non-Standard Group was 85.4.
Recognizing that German teachers have long wanted an exam for German I students, and that French, Spanish, Japanese, and Latin exams have existed for that level for many years, the AATG Executive Council authorized the development of a National German Exam for Level 1 last year.