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2019 National German Exam Results




19,592 students from over 600 schools participated in the 2019 National German Exam. The Exam, now in its 59th 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

8,494 Level 2 exams were administered in 2019. 6,256 students took the Level 3 exam, and 4,842 students took the Level 4 exam. This shows a decrease in exam volume of 4.4% from 2018. Level 1 data will be posted in May.

Students enrolled in public schools continue to account for 83% of all exams. Students in private schools comprised 12% of the 2019 cohort of exam takers, 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. Level 1 data will be posted in May.

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