SFS Proficiency Exam – April 22-24, 2020

The next SFS German Oral Proficiency Exams will be held April 22-24, 2020.  Registration will be open from April 2-14, 2020. Please sign up on the sheet posted on ICC 468-A in the German Department during this time.

Exam Questions: Dr. Joe Cunningham, ICC 460, joe.cunningham@georgetown.edu

Registration Questions: Courtney Feldman, ICC 468, cf663@georgetown.edu

Eligibility: the earliest opportunity to take the exam is at the end of the Advanced sequence, i.e., at the end of Advanced II or Intensive Advanced.

Exam dates: Generally, the exam will be offered at the beginning and end of the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester. Announcements will be sent to the German mailing list and to SFS, MSFS, and MAGES programs.

Prior to the exam:

Upon registration, examinee leaves a deposit check (to GU German Dept) of $25.00 to hold exam slot. Check will be destroyed after exam; for no-shows, checks will be cashed. If you prefer to leave a cash deposit, please make arrangements with the Department Administrator in ICC 468. 

Examinee prepares a 4-5 minute oral presentation on a cultural, economic, or political topic related to Germany (no personal anecdotes, please). Presentation cannot be read. Only minimal notes allowed.

Examinee arrives 20 minutes before exam time slot and checks in with Departmental Administrator in ICC 468.

Examinee then chooses one of three articles on current German events (on politics, economics, and culture) to summarize. Examinee has 15 minutes to read through text without the aid of a dictionary.

Structure of exam:

  1. examinee briefly introduces him/herself to the two examiners (course of studies, stays abroad, special interests, etc.)
  2. examinee summarizes the chosen article and answers questions relating to it
  3. examinee gives a 4-5 minute oral presentation on a topic related to the cultural, economic, or political life in Germany (no personal anecdotes, please) and answers questions relating to it.

Announcement of results:

Results are generally available on the next business day after the conclusion of the exams through the examinee’s Dean’s office. Undergraduates receive a pass/fail evaluation only. Graduate students receive a more detailed evaluation ranging from poor to excellent.