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2016 National German Exam Results

26,572 students from nearly 700 schools participated in the 2016 National German Exam. The Exam, now in its 56th 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, matching, and true/false 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.

No one method, textbook, or approach is given preference over any other in designing the Exam. The Exam is designed using materials that are accessible, interesting, and engaging for high school students. Exam materials are selected with great care to be accessible to a large, general student population. They are varied in character and focus of interest.

Number of students participating

5,130 Level 1 students took the 2016 National German Exam. 9,346 Level 2 exams were administered in 2016. 6,881 students took the Level 3 exam and 5,215 students participated at Level 4. 

The number of students participating in level 1 increased by 23% over last year. Levels 2, 3, and 4 showed an increase of 9.5% over 2015. 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.

Mean scores

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.

Exam administration

The online platform provides a myriad of data for the exams, including the exact amount of time students took to complete the exam. Over 90% of the students completed the exam with adequate time to spare. 

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