Assessment Report

New Zealand Scholarship
German 2019

Standard 93006

Part A: Commentary


The topics in this assessment were relevant, engaging and culturally appropriate. There was scope for candidates with a range of abilities to complete the paper. The speaking section was appropriately challenging.

Overall candidate responses were of high quality. In the speaking section, however, very few candidates managed to interpret the texts at all. They often did not go beyond personal examples, so failed to discuss the bigger ideas addressed in the texts in any detail. 

Candidates needed competency in their first language and in German to complete the second part of the assessment. Successful candidates were those who could interpret challenging German texts and articulate complex responses in English or te reo Māori.

Some of those candidates whose work suggested native speaker competency were also capable of creating a quality response in English.

Part B: Report on Performance

Candidates who were awarded Scholarship with Outstanding Performance commonly:

  • demonstrated sustained, controlled use of language at a high level
  • expressed sophisticated ideas in German in a way that captivated the reader / listener
  • integrated high-level analysis of the text with some perceptive and insightful viewpoints.

Candidates who were awarded Scholarship commonly:

  • demonstrated highly developed knowledge and skills in their written and spoken German
  • engaged the reader / listener throughout their responses
  • were able to analyse and evaluate the key points in the texts
  • made connections beyond the stimulus material consistently
  • demonstrated perception and insight, as well as independent reflection, although to varying degrees.

Candidates who were not awarded Scholarship commonly:

  • did not consistently go beyond the text
  • did not interpret the text to show sufficient understanding
  • did not organise their ideas logically and clearly
  • did not show sufficient language knowledge and skills.


German subject page


Previous years' reports:

2018 (DOCX, 15KB), 2017 (PDF, 40KB), 2016 (PDF, 188KB)





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