News and Updates

 

What's new for 2018

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Houstonfest Scholarships

 

Scholarships at State

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Arrival at Hogg Middle School

 

Bubble Soccer

 

Lunch options

 

Plays will be performed at Houstonfest

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

Photo Gallery 2014

 

Important Dates

 

Wed., Jan. 17, 2018:  Regular deadline to submit registration spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).

 

Wed., Jan. 24, 2018:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.

 

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.

 

Tue, Jan. 30, 2018 Research Papers due to David Kniess by 11:59 p.m.

 

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 8:00 p.m. Deadline to submit changes (adds, drops, substitutions).  After this point, no more additions or substitutions will be allowed in individual events.  Substitutions in group events may continue in emergency situations.

 

Thur., Feb. 1, 2018: Videos due to Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.

 

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 Houstonfest !

 

Fri., Feb. 9, 2018 State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student.  Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12 per student.  Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.

 

Fri, Feb. 16, 2018 State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

 

Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.

 

Sat., Mar. 3, 2018 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., Mar. 9, 2018 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

Rules:  Written Testing Events

 

Notes for all contestants in written testing:

  • You are responsible for bringing as many No. 2 pencils as you may need to take these tests.  If you forget to bring your own pencils, you may buy one at the contest for $.50. Scantron answer sheets will be used for all tests except Spelling.

  • In 2018, we will continue to use the procedure we first used in 2013 for giving the six written tests:  The 8 testing windows will be later in the day (10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30) so that testing will continue after all other events have finished.  The hope is that students who are signed up for a lot of events can get their non-testing events done in the morning and take advantage of the four post-noon testing sessions to wrap up their testing events.

  • Tips on preparing for the written tests (revised on January 26, 2015)

Culture:

3 entries per school per level (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4).  Multiple-choice, scantron test.  The level 3 and 4 tests will be in German.

 

Grammar:

3 entries per school per level (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4).  Multiple-choice, scantron test.

 

Listening Comprehension:

3 entries per school per level (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4).  Multiple-choice, scantron test.  Listen to recorded items in German and answer questions about the information you heard.  Levels 1 and 2 take the same test and Levels 3 and 4 take the same test, but they are ranked separately for each level.

 

Reading Comprehension:

3 entries per school per level (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4).  Multiple-choice, scantron test.  The test will consist of questions about a series of short readings.  Questions will generally be in German.
 

Spelling:

2 entries per school per level (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4).  A series of words will be called out in German (the speaker will say the word, its part of speech, a sentence using the word, and the word again).  The words will probably be recorded, not called live. Contestants write the called words on their answer sheets.  Spelling (including umlauts) and capitalization (nouns capitalized, other parts of speech not capitalized) must be perfect in order to receive credit for a given item.  Levels 1 and 2 take the same test and Levels 3 and 4 take the same test, but they are ranked separately for each level.

 

Vocabulary:

3 entries per school per level (Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4).  Multiple-choice, scantron test. The test will consist of items in which you choose the English equivalent for a given German word, choose the German equivalent for a given English word, choose the German opposite of a given German word, choose the German synonym of a given German word, determine which item does not belong in a group, determine which item fits into a given category, and choose the word that best completes a sentence.  Other formats are possible as well.

 
Main Rules Page Arts Declamation Drama Music
Oral Tests Pass auf! Research Paper Scavenger Hunt Written Tests

When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 3, 2018,

8:00 a.m.

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Hogg Middle School

1100 Merrill Street

Houston, TX 77009

(2018 only)

 

Link to Texas State German Contest