GERMAN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY EXAMS
One of the goals of the German language program in Miami-Dade is to prepare students to take the German language proficiency exams, specifically the A1, A2, Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) I & II, and German Advanced Placement exams. Each exam measures a student’s listening, reading, writing and speaking mastery of the German language. With the exception of the German AP exam, the proficiency exams are administered and graded by an official (or officials) from the Federal Republic of Germany.
There are benefits for our students in taking these exams beyond proving that they are learning German.
Successful completion of the DSD I and II exams is an achievement for students, demonstrating to German-speaking universities that the student is capable of pursuing advanced studies at their institution, and in some cases the DSD II results may be a prerequisite for applying. Success on the German AP exam allows students to earn college credits while they are still in middle or high school.
Our students’ success on these exams also directly benefits GIPA by determining the amount of financial support we receive from the German government each year.
Many parents are not aware of it, but GIPA’s annual financial contribution from the Federal Republic of Germany is directly determined by the passing rate of GIPA students on the A1, A2, DSD I and DSD II exams. (Henry S. West Laboratory School is one notable exception to this. Because West Lab was not part of the agreement signed between Miami-Dade County Public Schools District and the German government, Germany does not administer the proficiency exams at West Lab, and West Lab is not included in the annual German government support that GIPA receives. Funding for West Lab must come from other fundraising sources.)
Because there are multiple exams, and International Studies (IS) and International Education (IE) students sit for the exams on different timelines, we thought it would be helpful to provide this chart that outlines when the majority of students in each language track sit for each exam.
If you have any questions about the exams or the timeline, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A1 & A2 Exams
- The A1 and A2 exams are designed to test elementary school students on their proficiency of the German language.
- They are helpful for familiarizing students with the exam format and as a preparation for the Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) exams, but the A1 and A2 exams are not a prerequisite for taking the DSD exams.
- The A1 exam is written only, and the A2 exam includes both written and oral components.
- A student may take the A2 exam without having taken the A1 exam.
DSD I & DSD II Exams
- The Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) I and II Exams further test a student’s written and oral fluency. Successful completion of the DSD II Exam demonstrates that a students is qualified to study at a German-speaking university without the need to take additional examinations to demonstrate fluency.
- The A1 and A2 exams are not required to take the DSD exams.
- A student may take the DSD II exam without having taken the DSD I exam. However, the student must have met the minimum number of hours of study (see below) in order to sit for the exam, and it is very helpful to be familiar with the exam format and requirements of the DSD II exam before taking it.
- Minimum hours of German study required to sit for each exam:
- DSD II: requires 8 years or 800-1200 hours of study
- DSD I: requires 6 years or 600-800 hours of study
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