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Students can take the AATG test with the GERMAN SCHOOL UPSTATE. The test is an evaluation tool for the proficency of a student. This test also prepares the students for the Advanced Placement Test which some High Schools offer.

Students who have reached a certain proficiency in the German Language, plan to study in Germany or seek an official Certificate that proofs their competency in the German languge can take the DSD with the GERMAN SCHOOL UPSTAE.

AATG – National German Exam
AATG stands for “American Association of Teachers of German”. The AATG administers the National German Exam each year to nearly 22,000 high school students in the second, third and fourth level of German.
The Exam is a computerized test that provides individual diagnostic feedback. The results provide a means of comparing students in all regions of the country, as well as programmatic data provided to help inform curricular decisions.
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DSD - Deutsches Sprachdiplom der KMK
(German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference)

German language students outside of Germany can take the DSD – a program that prepares the participants amongst other things for a study in Germany. Matters of language and cultural issues are covered in the program. It finishes with an exam and a certification on language competencies on level A2/B1 = stage 1 or B2/C1 = stage 2. Deutsches Sprachdiplom Logo

The DSD stage 1 is a prerequisite for Studienkolleg* and DSD stage 2 is required for entrance to German universities. The exam is set and corrected by Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA) and is accessible for high school students at accredited schools only. About 51.000 students in over 65 countries participating in the exams each year.

... more details at (in German)

... or read this pdf-flyer (in English).

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