FAQ

"What is Early Registration"
Early Registration ends August 15. Please take advantage of a discount, if you register early.

"Why is DANK-Membership strongly encouraged?"
Our school is part of the German American National Congress that actively works to preserve German culture, heritage and language. The organization started in 1959 and our chapter joined in 1973. DANK publishes its national magazine, the German-American Journal, on a regular basis. With our DANK Membership, we take part in preserving the German heritage, culture and language. In addition, we receive financial support to keep our tuition low.

WHAT IS DANK, visit DANK German American National Congress.

To join DANK membership, visit DANK Membership.

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Take advantage of the summer price. 'Basic Membership' is currently $20 for 6 months and to be annually renewed at the beginning of the calendar year for $40. Life Membership is $500.

"What is the littleDANKparentTot class?"

Our littleDANKparentTot class is our latest addition of classes. It offers toddlers (2-4 years old) the opportunity to learn German in a fun and enjoyable learning environment together with a parent! This class is currently only offered in Arlington Heights on Saturdays. This is not a drop-in class. Parents must accompany their children.

"What exams are offered at DANK?"

DANK offers the AATG level 2, 3, and 4. Also, das Deutsche Sprachdiplom 1 (DSD1), as well as the AP German.


"What is the AATG exam?"

The National German Exam is administered each year to nearly 22,000 high school students, as well as at DANK.
Exam results provide a means of comparing students in all

 

 

 

 


regions of the country, and recipients are selected for awards and the national AATG. DANK students fare
generally well in these exams, considering that most of our students are not even in high school.

"What is the A2 / DSD 1?"

The Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (engl.: German Language
Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference) is an initiative of the German education authorities and
the Foreign Office (Germany) for the improvement of the knowledge of the German language in schools worldwide. It
is an exam and a certification on language competencies on level A2/B1 or B2/C1 of the Common European Framework
of Reference for Languages that prepares the participants inter alia for a study in Germany.

Level A2/B1 of the Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD I) demonstrates a level of ability in
German that is required for entry to a Studienkolleg in preparation for attending a university in Germany.
Level B2/C1 of the Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II) demonstrates a language level
in German that is required to be able to directly start a study at a university in Germany. In order to start studying in Germany, students may need to fulfill additional requirements beyond language competencies which can be researched for each individual country in the official database ANABIN.

Exam DSD I (A2/B1)
Reading Part
reading comprehension - short and long pieces of writing followed by comprehension questions with simple filling (multiple choice, true/false, ticking, cloze texts). - 5 parts, 70 min
Listening Part
several recordings with comprehension questions regarding the selections played (multiple choice, true/false, ticking). - 5 parts, 50 min
Writing Part
Writing about 3 central questions and a sample text. - 75 min
Speaking Part
2 parts - 15 min. Guided conversation and a monologue on a defined subject followed by answering

"What are the benefits of the DANK testing program?"

These exams are nationally and internationally recognized. High schools may look at the AATG scores for placement.
DSD1 opens the doors to study in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Any language proficiency looks good on the
resume.

"What are the options once my child reaches DANK
Level 8?"

Any student can continue, even through high school. Level 8 is a flexible class where the curriculum changes every
year depending the students who prepare for a particular exam, either DSD1 or AP German. Level 8 is an ongoing
level with a rigorous program geared towards high school students.

"What level should my child be placed in High School?"

Different high school programs have different expectations, and will offer their own proficiency exams or use the AATG
exam for placement. DANK students, who have successfully completed Level 8, can expect to place into German II or
sometimes even into German III. However the school's German teacher can offer the best information for an
appropriate high school placement. By placing into German II or German III, it is possible to complete a four year high
school program before graduating from high school. The DANK program is also a good way to keep learning between
completion of the four year program and enrollment at a college or university.

"What if my High School does not offer German?"

Your child can continue with German classes at DANK and take advantage of our testing program.

"What if my child does not want to take any language
in High School?"

It is good to look ahead and prepare as best as possible. There is a 2 year recommended language requirement in
high school. If your child already has an idea of study and/or college/university after high school, it is easier to
plan ahead. For example, some colleges/universities do not have any language requirements. Few colleges/universities
may honor DANK transcripts in one way or another, to be discussed with the college. Many will ask for 2 years of a
language study. If your child goes into a technical field, the language requirements may look very different than
someone who wants to become a teacher. The DANK program may be enough to skip a language in high school
all together; but maybe not. Check with the high school and its career program. Check out some potential
colleges/universities.

"Will the High School recognize the DANK program?"

A high school may use the AATG exam for placement, but a DANK student will not receive any credit because DANK is
not accredited.