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German School Campus is gearing up for the German National Exam

German School Campus is gearing up for the German National Exam

German School Campus is gearing up for the German National Exam

An exciting month is ahead of us. It’s German National Exam Time!

April is the month where we can show off what we have studied for so hard all year. Our German language skills are under the spotlight ! AATG testing (American Association of Teachers for German), which is also known as the German National Exam, is scheduled for this month and our students are ready to proof their knowledge of the German language!

The April AATG test is the first one in a series of four, that students can take. All following German National Tests are being held in the winter semester .

Participating in AATG tests has a number of benefits:
  • Working towards a goal respectively a test, motivates and inspires the students to give their best.
  • Students may have the benefit of being placed in a higher-level language class at their high school (given the school offers classes in German)
  • These tests are a great preparation for high school students, who work towards taking the SAT subject tests: ‘German’ or ‘German with Listening’, which in turn will help their overall SAT scores for their college applications.
  • Working toward a test makes studying more streamlined since very particular material has to be covered.

In 2016 an astounding 26,572 students from nearly 700 schools all over the U.S. have participated in the AATG testings. All our German School Campus students, who took part in last year’s AATG 4 testing, have finished with a gold medal. So our bar is set high for our students, who are taking the AATG 1 this April!

German School Campus, a Specialist in German Language Test Preparation

We at German School Campus take testing seriously and leave nothing to chance.
We prepare our students well not only in the specifics of the German language but also in the technicalities of the test taking itself. This alone can sometimes be challenging if it has not been practiced.

In the last month leading up to the exam we make time to work with our students also on the actual test taking and initiate mock test situations. That way our students learn how to navigate the particular AATG test format and will be able to access videos, reading material and audios as well as their actual test material simultaneously when needed.

How do the AATG Tests work?

Each AATG exam is delivered in electronic format and consists of two parts, a 40-minute listening and viewing portion (audios and videos) and a 45-minute reading portion that includes printed text but also graphs and images that need to get interpreted. Each of those two parts has 50 questions in the style of multiple choice, matching and true/false. AATG offers some sample tests on their website so one can get familiarized with the format.

German School Campus will hold its German National Test on April 22nd, 2017.

Have any questions? We are here to help.

Contact us by phone +1 (949) 229 – 7389 or send us an email at [email protected]

What makes Germany such a strong international education partner

What makes Germany such a strong international education partner

Ten reasons why contact is worthwhile on matters of scholarship and learning.

Kraftwerksturbine - Made in Germany - Made by SIEMENS
Kraftwerksturbine – Made in Germany – by SIEMENS

1. DUAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
Germany’s dual vocational education system successfully provides skills training for young people. Dual vocational education programs last between two and three years and are offered in 330 recognized occupations. The system combines theoretical and practical learning and is considered an international model.

2. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NETWORK
STUDENTS at some 2,000 schools worldwide can gain a solid grounding in German, among other things, in order to later study for a degree or pursue a career in Germany. The initiative Schools: Partners for the Future (PASCH) is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

3. FOREIGN-LANGUAGE DEGREE PROGRAMMES
In 2016 the number of INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS in German HIGHER EDUCATION reached the record level of roughly 321,000. One of the reasons for Germany’s popularity with STUDENTS from abroad is the fact that it offers over 1,300 foreign-language and international degree programs, the majority of them in English.

4. GERMAN UNIVERSITIES ABROAD
Young people can study for a German degree without even leaving their home country. GERMAN UNIVERSITIES and degree programs have been established in many countries – from Egypt to Vietnam – as part of the transnational education effort. Great emphasis is attached to education partnership here.

5. EXCELLENT PHD OPPORTUNITIES
A PhD is regarded not only as the key to an academic career, but also as the turbo charger for a successful career in industry. Germany offers many opportunities to complete a PhD. In addition to the “traditional” route based on individual research, there are some 700, often internationally oriented PhD programs.

6. OPPORTUNITIES FOR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS
Many postdoctoral researchers opt for a career in Germany. Why? Non-university research institutions like the MAX PLANCK SOCIETY and the Fraunhofer-Gesell­schaft are globally renowned and well connected. Their projects are interesting and interdisciplinary and the working conditions attractive.

7. DYNAMIC LABOUR MARKET
In international comparisons, the German labor market is considered robust, transparent and dynamic. At the same time, many promising occupations today lack young skilled employees. The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is sending a message to international specialists with the initiative Make It in Germany.

8. OUTSTANDING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES
The brightest minds find an innovative environment in Germany. Excellent – and sometimes globally unique – research facilities are of special interest to internationally oriented researchers, who are attracted by highly competitive infrastructures – ranging from particle accelerators to super-intense lasers.

9. ATTRACTIVE EMPLOYERS
Many German companies are very attractive for employees around the world. They often stand for innovation, quality, engineering excellence and reliability. German firms are also sought-after EMPLOYERS because they offer their employees good working conditions and a modern work-life balance.

10. PROSPECTS FOR PEOPLE FROM CRISIS REGIONS
“Integration through education” is a key area of German refugee policy. The Federal Ministry of Education is supporting the integration of refugees with two large packages of measures – they range from German LANGUAGE courses to vocational training or HIGHER EDUCATION programs.

Easter Party – Frohe Ostern

March 19th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Wintermist Park

Eastereggs und Ostereier
Eastereggs und Ostereier

On Saturday, March 19th, we will have an Easter Party and would be so happy if you could join us!

We would appreciate if you could bring a little something to eat and share with everyone. Also, please bring a dozen filled plastic eggs (don’t le the children see it!) foru our egg hunt.

We will meet at Wintermist Park (2 blocks up the loop), where we have the Easter Egg Hunt, enjpy the yummy food and friends, and play some games.

Egg Hunt will start at 10:15 a.m.

RSVP by 3-13 please email or call or send message below.

Please download Easter Party 2016 Flyer