Every 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.
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___ .
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.
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.