The AATG launched an online survey to gather feedback from members regarding the exam in March 2014. Over 300 responses were collected over a four week period. Survey participants found the exam to be relevant and up to date, a good measure of language accuracy and proficiency, and an example of good assessment practice.
Responses indicated that teachers feel the National German Exam is good to excellent in assessing various aspects of communication including comprehension and cultural awareness.
The survey also indicated that teachers found the registration process to be easy (80% Strongly Agree/Agree), that the information received from Quia (AATG’s NGE partner) was comprehensive and easy to understand (81% Strongly Agree/Agree). Only 68% of the respondents indicated that students had taken the free online practice tests before taking the exam.
The National German Exam committee recently reviewed those results and have eliminated the text completion items from all future exams. The 2015 National German Exam will not contain any fill-in the blank items. “Statistically speaking the paragraph completion proved not to be a consistent measure of students' performance. The reading and listening/viewing parts of the exam are a more accurate way of assessing these skills and will offer more detailed information on students' skills,” said Wiebke Strehl, committee chair. “Those items will be replaced with additional multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions.”
86% of the teachers surveyed want score reports that are easy to print and AATG is investigating the feasibility of providing individualized score reports for each student who takes the NGE. Additional improvements currently being explored with our vendor are enhancements to the registration system that will allow teachers to upload a roster instead of typing each individual student name, moving the demographic survey questions that students must complete to the non-timed portion of the exam, and providing technical support on Saturdays.