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Level 1 National German Exam

Beginning German students can earn national recognition and prizes for their achievements in German with the 2016 National German Exam for Level 1.

The Level 1 Exam is similar in length and structure to the other exams—but tailored to the knowledge and skills of a beginning German student. Specially designed to allow German I students to show what they know, the exam will be administered on a different timeline.

Registration for the Level 1 Exam is open, and runs through March 15. Note: The late registration period runs from March 16 to April 15. A $30 late registration fee applies.
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Students will take the Exam between April 1 and April 30.

Students taking the Level 1 Exam have not had the requisite two years of language instruction to qualify for the AATG/PAD Study Trip Awards. This allows schools to administer the Level 1 Exam on a different timeline from the level 2, 3, and 4 exams. This later administration will allow up to three more months of German instruction before students take the test.

Like the exams for more advanced levels, the Level 1 Exam is divided into two sections: Section I assesses listening and viewing and consists of 50 questions, Section II assesses reading and consists of 50 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete each section. The content of the exam focuses on family, friends, school, and hobbies.

Level 1 Practice Exams illustrating the structure and functionality of the exam are available on our website.

The Level 1 Administration Manual is also available for download.

Level 1 Exam registration and ordering begins February 1, 2016

Testing is April 1 to April 30, 2016

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