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German K–12
For Testing on or after 10/1/2023

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Multiple Choice Section

Test Format and Sample Questions

The German K to 12 subject area test is composed of two subtests. Subtest 1 assesses listening, reading, and writing skills as well as knowledge of the culture of German-speaking countries, the mechanics of the German language, and the teaching of German. Subtest 2, an oral interview, measures speaking skills. You must pass both subtests to receive a passing score on the exam. If you fail one, you may retake only that subtest.

Multiple Choice

This part of the test consists of multiple-choice items. Read the question, select the best answer, and indicate your choice by selecting A, B, C, or D.

The table below presents types of questions on the exam and directs you to examples of these formats among the sample items that follow.

Table of Question Formats

Question Format Sample Items
Reading comprehension and vocabulary
Select the response option that best identifies, summarizes, or translates a short passage.
Item 5
Language structures and linguistics
Choose the response option that best completes a sentence or identifies a feature of German linguistic structures.
Item 14
Choose the response option that identifies features of the culture, arts and literature, history, geography, and socioeconomic and political institutions of Germany. Identify the relationships among the perspectives, products, and practices of the culture studied.
Item 42
Choose the response option that best identifies methods, materials, and technologies used for teaching German or provides the best recommendation for a specific teaching situation.
Item 49

Sample Questions

The following questions represent both the form and content of questions on the examination. These questions will acquaint you with the general format of the examination; however, these sample questions do not cover all of the competencies and skills that are tested and will only approximate the degree of examination difficulty.