C-Test Tips and Tricks

German C-Test, C-testEvery year, hundreds of international students attempt the German C-Test as part of their application into a Studienkolleg, or a preparatory college that would allow them further studies at a university in Germany.

The C-Test remains a challenging, but effective tool that tests your language level. It is a test you cannot learn by heart for; good preparation always involves reading German texts, getting over typical Grammar rules and learning a lot of vocabulary. In short, comprehension is a big part of studying.

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A quick recap, the German C-test gives you a series of paragraphs on different topics, with words appearing incomplete. The second half of the word needs to be filled out to complete the word. Words with an uneven number of letters are halved and one letter is removed additionally.

So: Morgen becomes mor___ and Heute becomes he___ .

Example C-Tests

Many resources are available for students online. The Schiller Language School has a number of examples. However, making the most out of these tests would give you a greater learning effect than just answering them and looking at the answers.

Writing C-Tests

Before you attempt an example c-test, make sure the conditions you are in closely match the ones you will have during the actual exam.

  • Put away all electronic devices
  • Watch the time – give yourself the same amount you will be allowed
  • Use the same pen you plan on using during the real exam
  • Sit in a quiet room without additional distractions

Check Your Results

Once you’ve finished a c-test, check your work to see how well you did. Where you had trouble, try to see what the reason for it was.

Was the noun, verb or adjective new to you? Have you ever seen the grammar rule being used in a specific manner? Did you notice an exception to the rule?

Sorting your errors will help you freshen up your knowledge and train yourself in a more directed way.

Additional Reading on C-Tests

Heritage Scarves

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Picture is worth a thousand words: I’ll let my scarf designs speak for themselves.

Infused with traditional Middle Eastern (specifically Emirati) elements of beauty and daily life, these scarves capture the beauty of jewellery, sunrises in the desert and peaceful get-togethers with you girlfriends.

These scarves are a part of a limited edition release – the one above is yet to be released, while the bottom one is available in my store.

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Made from microfiber polyester and having a delicate translucent finish, the scarf is an exclusive that will not be reprinted once the limited run is over!

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Emirati Heritage Designs Collection

Creating a design set has been on my to-do list for a while now; I was fascinated with the idea that I could make a series of viable designs that could be connected by a single theme and be a strong collection. This is how the current set was born.

Those of you who check our my Instagram may have seen the following designs over the last couple of months:

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“Habibi” started it all. The word itself means “darling” or “sweetheart” and is a term of endearment for male subjects in Arabic.

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“Habibti” soon followed suit. It is the female version of the same term and has also been featured on my Intagram account several times.

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Closing this set is “Hayati”, which is Arabic for “my life” and is another popular term of endearment.

Inside the letters is my now repeating pattern that has a working title “Objects of the Past” – a fusion of Emirati heritage and European visual style.

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I am keen on keeping this design set going and already introduced additional elements to it, such as the “burga” or “burqa” traditional Emirati head covering for women.

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I’m really excited for this project; is has been a brainchild that started from my Summer 2014 project on Emirati Heritage.

All of these are already available on my Redbubble account: http://bit.ly/heritagedesigns.

 

Autumn

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Use the season to look at your surroundings a little closer. Isn’t that a feast of colours, those vibrant reds, breathtakingly bright yellows?

Your Studienkolleg Questions Answered

It’s been almost four years since I entered and successfully finished my studies at the Studienkolleg, but the articles that I left here live a life of their own and remain helping people.

Every now and then I get letters from people with questions about the Studienkolleg system, the admission tests, the life in Germany in general. This article will bring back some of the past questions; hopefully it’ll be of help to some of you.

I’ll keep posting more questions under the Studies FAQ tag, so keep tuning in!

How easy are the courses?

I get this asked a lot and every time I’m left to say: it depends. There are two major variables: the course and your German skills. I’ve seen people with a pretty good handle on German struggle in Maths or Economics. I’ve struggled with History because my German was reaching its limits. In general, I advise people to get as good in German as they can, because they will be spending a year studying in the language and the better prepared they are, the easier it will seem.

Of course, no course will be easy if you don’t study.

What’s the best way to prepare for the admission test?

This was addressed in my previous posts, but I’ll reiterate by saying that you need to read a lot to get a better feeling of German for your C-test. Start with easy online articles; maybe stories you’ll read in a teen magazine, anything that’ll get you reading. Look into the details; pick up a text and break it down:

  • Why is this article “dem” and not “den” or “das”?
  • Why am I suddenly seeing “am”? 
    • Read up on your grammar basics.
  • What is the meaning of this word I keep seeing?
    • Certain words are used more often than others; learning what they mean will help you in the long run.

Keep a journal with the bits and pieces of grammar you keep seeing; try your own sentences! Use a textbook to practice on sentences you have problems with.

It’s all about what works for you, but you should tackle problems you keep having trouble with, they will not disappear on their own!

 

Bunch of Dates starting

I’m really happy to announce my new comic, Bunch of Dates, starting!

The first two are out now, you can see the first ever comic below:

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This is new for me, I’m hoping I could keep up with the pace. As usual, expect quick updates on my Instagram account, but I’ll keep my website updated first!