Tests and Exams

The German School of Monmouth County prepares students to take German language proficiency tests, including:

  • National German Exam, American Association of Teachers of German
  • SAT Subject Test German
  • AP German Exam
  • German Language Diploma “Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) A2, A2/B1, B2/C1,” administered by the ZfA (German Federal Republic, Department for German Schools Abroad)

Details about each examination are outlined below:

American Test administered by the American Association of Teachers of German and the College Board

Standardized Testing: AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) Test. In December/January the AATG National German Examination is administered to students in higher grades. This test is generally offered to high school students learning German. It measures a student’s German proficiency in comparison to 26,000 others who take the exam, nationwide. The exam tests listening comprehension, reading and conversational skills, applied structure of grammar and idioms in context, and reading comprehension. There are three different test levels: Level 2 correlates to two years of high school German language classes, level 3 to 3 years, and level 4 to 4 years. The teacher determines the test level that is appropriate for each child. Our school is administering the test to qualified students.

SAT Subject Test German

Subject Tests are one hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.

SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), the results provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.

Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.

For more information: http://sat.collegeboard.com/home

AP German Exam

The AP German test consists of the following test components:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication

More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you’ll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

Furthermore, every institution within the German University System recognizes AP Exam grades in the admissions process.

AP students are encouraged to apply to universities in Germany. Institutions within the Federal Republic of Germany will grant admission to any candidate with a high school diploma who also submits four or five AP Exams in specified subjects, each with a grade of 3 or higher. The candidate’s high school diploma must contain at least 16 academic units including English, second language studies, social studies, mathematics, and science. The course of study for which the candidate applies determines the AP Exams required.

For more information: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html 

German Test administered by the ZfA
(Federal Republic of Germany, Department for German Schools Abroad) 

Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) A2, A2/B1, B2/C1

The German School of Monmouth County is an accredited DSD school and is administering the examinations to qualified students.


  • Corresponds to Level A2 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR)
  • Provides proof of German language proficiency at the A2 level
  • Provides career advantages when applying for jobs


  • Corresponds to Level B1 of the CEFR
  • Provides proof of German language proficiency required for admission to many post- secondary institutes such as Studienkollegs in Germany
  • Provides advantages when applying to study in Germany


  • Corresponds to Levels B2 and C1 of the CEFR
  • Provides proof of German language proficiency required for admission to many post-secondary institutions such as universities in Germany

Examination Parts

  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication

Quality Assurance

Aligned with school-leaving examinations in Germany

Correlated to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Quality assurance guaranteed through scientific monitoring and evaluation of assessment methodology

Types of Questions and Assignments

  • Multiple-choice
  • Matching
  • Cloze
  • True-false
  • Text production
  • Presentation
  • Dialogue


The written components of the DSD examinations are evaluated in Germany. DSD examinations are administered in more than 60 countries at over 800 schools with approximately 40,000 participants per year.

Age requirement

12-18 year olds – A 2

14-19 year olds A2/B1

16-21 year olds B2/C1

For more information: http://www.auslandsschulwesen.de/cln_091/nn_1512944/Auslandsschulwesen/DASAN/DSD/node.html?__nnn=true



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