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10/1/2020 » 10/4/2020
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2020 National German Exam Results

20,426 students from over 600 schools participated in the 2020 National German Exam. The Exam, now in its 60th 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. 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. 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

1,877 students took the Level 1 exam in Spring 2020. 7,782 Level 2 exams were administered in 2020. 6,182 students took the Level 3 exam and 4,585 students participated at Level 4. 

School closures greatly impacted the Level 1 exam which showed a 64% decrease in students tested. The number of students participating in levels 2, 3, and 4 showed a decrease of 5% from 2019. Students enrolled in public schools continue to account for over 83% of all exams. Private schools took 11% of the exams and students enrolled in Saturday schools accounted for 6% 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.

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