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Basic Final Examination – Level - B2 - German Language

Basic final examination verifies candidate’s language skills and his knowledge of basic life phenomena of the language area. The content of the language examination is intended on everyday life situations and basic knowledge of political, economic and cultural issues of the language area compared with Slovakia.

The candidate should present ability to understand spoken and written language and express his ideas to the determined topics independently, either in written or oral form, in the extent of language means determined by the difficulty level of basic final examination.

As for the level of diffculty, the basic final examination is from intermediate to upper intermediate level and it is comparable to an excellent result of final secondary school examination.

The Basic final examination consists of two parts – written and oral.
The candidate who does not succeed in the written part is not allowed to take the oral part.

The written exam consists of four parts :
Interpretation or Dictation
Interpretation: means comprehension of a listened text. Examiner reads the text twice or candidates listen to a recorded version. Then the candidate presents his ability to understand the text either elaborating the exercises or writing the contents of the text. Dictionaries are not allowed in this part of the exam.
Dictation: examiner reads a text. First in a common conversational speed, that the candidate would be able to intercept the meaning of the text. Next in a slower way, though not word by word. Finally, the examiner reads the text in a normal speed for the candidates to correct and complete the text. The candidates hand the interpretation or the dictation to the examiner. Dictionaries are not allowed in this part of the exam.
Reading comprehension: The candidates read the given text and elaborate the accompanied exercises. Dictionaries are not allowed in this part of the exam.
Translation to German ( in the extent of about a hundred words ) : The candidate presents the ability to translate on the appropriate level. Dictionaries are allowed in this part of the exam.
Essay writing: the candidate chooses a topic from three suggested topics and elaborates it in the extent of at least one page and a half of a foolscap (A4). Dictionaries are allowed in this part of the exam.

Good quality dictionaries are recommended.

The oral part of the exam also consists of four parts.
Cutting: during preparation ( the full time is 15 to 20 minutes ) the candidate acquaints with a text a part of which he reads aloud during the examination. Then the text is analyzed in a form of free interpretation, or in case, a short discussion is opened to the topic of the extract.
Conversational topic: the syllabus of the topics is listed in the appendix on the next page.
German speaking countries task: the syllabus of the tasks is also listed in the appendix. The students draw the conversational and the German speaking countries topics.
Literature task: applying to the examination, the candidate names works of at least three authors which he read in the original. During this part of examination the candidate presents his knowledge of literature of the target country and its historical background.

To prepare precisely for the basic final examination it is recommended:
Written part: to train writing (dictations) and reading comprehension regularly. As for the translation it is recommended to emphasize on correct translation, respecting the spirit of the language, different structures, phraseology, preposition constructions and idioms. Besides of grammar methodologies it is also advisable to study the course books to revise grammar.
Oral part: the candidate can acquire knowledge about the geographical, economic, cultural and political issues, required in terms of syllabus, from publications issued here or abroad.

System of Assessment:
a) small mistake: 1 bad point
b) big mistake: 4 bad points

big mistake:
-in grammar – a lack of knowledge of grammar rules
-in lexicology – changes or shades the meaning of the word
-in phraseology and stylistics interferes with the written expression
-basic spelling mistake

small mistake:
- the cases not named above

4 grade classification: Excellent, Very good, Good and Unsatisfactory

a) Dictation:
Excellent: 1-4 bad points
Very good: 5-10 bad points
Good: 11-15 bad points
Unsatisfactory: more than 15 bad points

b) Translation and Essay:
Excellent: 1-7 bad points
Very good: 8-16 bad points
Good: 17-25 bad points
Unsatisfactory: more than 25 bad points

c) Reading Comprehension:
Excellent: up to 90%
Very good: up to 80%
Good: up to 70%
Unsatisfactory: less than 70%

There is no compulsory literature to study; we can only recommend some authors and their works:
Hana Justová: Deutsch - sprachige Länder
Tatsachen über Deutschland
Keprtová : Materiály ke konverzaci
B. Homolková: Reálie nemecky mluvících zemí
Baumann, Oberle: Deutsche Literatur in Epochen
Kleine Deutschlandkunde
E. Ehrgangová: Deutsche Geschichte I., II. - nemecká tlač

The candidate should be also well informed about contemporary world affairs. It is recommended to follow daily press, magazines and news (TV or radio) in the target language.

Syllabus of German speaking countries tasks for basic final examination – oral part

1. Die BRD - Lage, Ôberfläche, Gebirgszüge, Flüsse
2. Österreich - Lage, Oberfläche, Gebirgszüge, Flüsse
3. Naturschönheiten der Slowakei
4. Das Schulsystem in der BRD
5. Massenmedien
6. Industrie und Landwirtschaft in der BRD, Schweiz und Österreich
7. Das politische System in der BRD
8. Mein beliebter deutschsprachiger Schriftsteller
9. Sitten und Bräuche
10. Sozialpolitik
11. Umweltschutz
12. Haupstädte (Berlin, Wien, Bern)
13. Wichtige Etappen der deutschen Geschichte
14. Bratislava - Sehenswürdigkeiten unserer Stadt

Syllabus of conversational topics for basic final examination – oral part

1. Wohnen - Ideal und Wirklichkeit
2. Freizeit und Hobbys
3. Reisen ud Urlaub Ferien
4. Kunst und Kultur in unserem Leben
5. Einkäufe, Einkaufsmöglichkeiten
6. Gesundheit, gesunde Legensweise
7. Sport und Körperkultur
8. Mein Tagesprogramm
9. Stadt und Verkehr - Probleme einer Großstadt
10. Lebensstandard und Lebensqualität
11. Wetter und Klima
12. Fernsehen - seine positiven und negativen Seiten
13. Charakteristik einer nahestehenden Person
14. Kleidung und Mode