FTCE German K-12 Exam

The German K-12 subject examination consists of an oral test, listening test, multiple-choice test, and a short writing test. It is divided into two subtests. The first subtest is an oral interview and will measure a candidate’s speaking skills. The second subtest assesses listening, reading, and writing skills, along with knowledge of German culture, mechanics of the German language, and the skills needed of a teacher for teaching German. It encompasses the listening portion, multiple-choice test, and writing sample. Sections may be administered in either order.

The oral interview takes 20-30 minutes and is conducted in German. Candidates may ask the examiner in German to clarify or repeat information. Communications in languages other than German will result in a lower score. Questions asked during the interview will consist of four types testing daily communications and one guided conversation. Daily communications will be short scenarios about an everyday situation. The guided conversation will be about one topic that a candidate at the intermediate-high level could be expected to discuss. The interview will be recorded and later evaluated by trained scorers. No partial or extra credit is given; this is a pass/fail subtest.

The second subtest is administered on a computer. The listening exam involves listening to tape-recorded passages no more than three minutes long. After each portion is played, between two and four questions will be presented in German. The passage and questions are then played a second time. The passages may be in either formal or informal German and cover a range of familiar topics such as a news item, lecture, or report.

Multiple-choice questions will encompass reading comprehension and vocabulary, language structures and linguistics, culture, and pedagogy. Candidates will write two short letters or passages in German while presenting personal preferences, opinions, needs, and observations. Cues will be given in English or in German, and one of the writing prompts will have an accompanying graphic. The samples produced by a candidate should demonstrate sufficient ability to meet most practical writing needs and provide a satisfactory classroom model for students of German. The writing score encompasses 20 percent of the score for the second subtest.

The test overall encompasses 11 core competencies, each with between 1 and 18 skill areas. Competencies are defined as areas of content knowledge, with skills being the behaviors that demonstrate those competencies. Each competency is also assigned a percentage representing the approximate proportion of test items in that content area on the test. Together, the competencies and skills are representative of knowledge that has been determined by content specialists to be important for beginning teachers.

FTCE German K-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. Karl Marx co-founded Marxism with what other well-known German associate?
A. Mikhail Bakunin
B. Max Stirner
C. Friedrich Engels
D. Ludwig Feuerbach

2. What does the Hermannsdenkmal commemorate?
A. German immigrants and their contributions to the country
B. the Cherusci war chief Arminius and the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
C. the end of Communist rule in former East Germany
D. fallen German soldiers from World War II

3. Which stanza of Das Lied der Deutschen was proclaimed as the official anthem of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1952?
A. first
B. second
C. third
D. fourth

4. Which German was considered one of the greatest inventors of the modern age and invented facsimile transmission?
A. Rudolf Hell
B. Christian Sutel
C. Max Dieckmann
D. Christian Koch

5. The Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany, signed in 1990, is also commonly known as the:
A. Petersberg Agreement
B. German-Polish Border Treaty
C. Potsdam Agreement
D. Two Plus Four Agreement


Answer Key

1. C. Associate Friedrich Engels, along with Karl Marx, held that human actions and institutions are economically determined and called for a classless society by which all means of production are commonly owned.
2. B. The Hermann monument located in North Rhine Westphalia in Germany is one of the most popular tourist destinations each year.
3. C. The melody of the German national anthem comes from Franz Joseph Haydn, and was first played in 1797. It was later combined with lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben. During the Nazi era, the first stanza was the official anthem, but in 1952 the third stanza was proclaimed the official anthem. The third stanza only was confirmed as the national anthem upon reunification in 1991.
4. A. Rudolf Hell (1901-2002) had numerous technological accomplishments and inventions that are said to have a lasting impact on today’s media world.
5. D. The 1990 treaty was negotiated between the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, and the four powers that occupied Germany at the end of World War II: France, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the Soviet Union, hence the name “Two Plus Four.”