20,6422 students from nearly 700 schools participated in the 2017 National German Exam Level 2, 3, and 4. View 2017 Exam at a Glance. The Exam, now in its 57th year, provides a means of comparing students in all regions of the country, provides individual and programmatic diagnostic feedback, and rewards students through an extensive prize program. The exam is comprised of two parts with a total of 100 multiple choice questions. The listening and viewing portion is 40 minutes in length and consisted of a series of short audio and video segments with a total of 50 questions and tasks. The reading portion was 45 minutes in length and consisted of a number of print texts, including graphs and images with a total of 50 questions and tasks. All materials used in the exam are from authentic resources.
Number of students participating
9,235 Level 2 exams were administered in 2017. 6,577 students took the Level 3 exam and 4,830 students participated at Level 4.
Students enrolled in public schools continue to account for over 81% of all exams. Private schools took 14% of the exams and students enrolled in Saturday schools accounted for 5% of the total exam volume.
The chart below shows mean scores for each section of the exam as well as the total exam. The Standard Group is comprised of students who responded “no” to the survey question, “Is German spoken regularly in your home?” Students are instructed to answer YES if German is used to communicate in their home. If their knowledge of German comes only from German classes taught in US schools, they are instructed to answer NO.