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Wauwatosa East Students Recognized for Performance on National German Exam

Twelve Wauwatosa East High School students will be recognized for their performance on the National German Exam at an official ceremony at Marquette Universal High School on May 1. 

Students Annabel Biasi, John Dewey, Nora (Frey) Hankes, Ari Hensersky, Alex Howen, Daniel Kreklow, Naomi Molina, Alissa Novalija, Lydia Otto, Anya Ranft, Anneke Shiller and Jack Zautner will all be recognized at the event. Several students also participated in the German Language and School Society Essay Competition, and will receive monetary awards for their impromptu five-paragraph essays.

“We are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements on the National German Exam,” said Dr. Demond Means, Superintendent of the Wauwatosa School District. “Their success reflects their dedication to studying the German language and speaks to the quality of the educational experience our German teachers are fostering in their classrooms. We congratulate our students and wish them the best as they continue in their language studies.” 

The National German Exam is administered each year to 20,000 high school students across the country. The exam measures students' performance based on what they have learned while taking German courses in high school. 

The National German Exam has four levels—the level one exam is designed for novice students, and each succeeding level is geared toward more advanced speakers. Students who score in the top 90th percentile on the level two, three or four exams can apply for the AATG/PAD National German Exam Scholarship, which is a three-week study abroad trip to Germany.

Each exam is composed of 100 multiple choice questions pulled from authentic resources, and is divided into two parts with 50 questions each. The listening and viewing portion of the exam is 40 minutes long and includes a series of audio and video segments. The reading portion is 45 minutes long and features text, graphs and images.

Students who take the level one exam typically do not have the required two years of language instruction necessary to qualify for a scholarship, but they may take the subsequent exams as they continue through high school.

For more information about the National German Exam Program, visit