News and Updates


Houstonfest Scholarshipswinners announced!


Changes and updates for 2022 including procedures for online contest


State Promo Video Contest


"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf! study material)


"Leidenschaft der Aussprache" Pronunciation Contest


Scholarships at State


Contest Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they love contest)


Contest Promo Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Photo Gallery


Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list



Important Dates


Sat., Jan. 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).


Tue., Jan. 18, 2022, 4:00 p.m.:  Registration opens for pronunciation contest "Leidenschaft der Aussprache" (teachers who submit a Houstonfest registration by the regular deadline will receive a link to register for this special contest)


Mon., Jan. 24, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for late price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.


Wed., Feb. 2, 2022, 8:00 p.m. Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.


Sat., Feb. 5, 2022Houstonfest (virtual) -  submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom


Tue., Feb. 8, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote Houstonfest judging ends


Fri., Feb. 11, 2022, 4:45 p.m.:  Houstonfest results announced via live-stream (see Results page for a recording of the awards show)


Wed., Feb. 16, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 2/18).


Fri., Feb. 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for regular price of $12/student. Also, Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due. Deadline to postmark State payment.


Wed., Feb. 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.:  Deadline extended: Entries in promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson.


Sat., Feb. 26, 202240th Annual Texas State German Contest (virtual) -submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom (ask your teacher for the sheet with all the links!)


Tue., Mar. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote State judging ends


Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Houstonfest Scholarship applications due. State awards video released.


Fri., Mar. 11, 2022 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Sat., April 30, 2022 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

The 2022 contest will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A highly modified version of the Pass auf! contest (Varsity level only) will be offered using the Kahoot! platform.


Rules for 2022:

1.    1 team per school (we'll call it Varsity, but basically, there's no Novice division this year).

2.    Each team may have 4-7 players.  (In normal years, teams may have up to 7 members, but a maximum of 5 may compete in any given round and the other 2 must sit out.)  This year, all students (up to 7) may log in and compete.

3.    As with all events held live on the day of contest, students will need to register their names via a Google Form on or before contest day.  The link to this Form will be sent out to teachers well before contest day.  This is separate from the original registration spreadsheet that the teacher submits and may seem redundant, but it really helps expedite things on the tabulation end.

4.    On the day of contest (February 5 for regionals and February 26 for state), students will log in to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m.  The Zoom link will also be sent out to teachers well before contest day.  Teachers should confirm with students before initially registering them for Pass auf! that they will be available at 1:00 p.m. on contest day.

5.    Within the Zoom meeting, students will be given the code to join a Kahoot! quiz on The proctor running the Zoom meeting will provide any further instructions.  Students will use this format for their player name: school+last name (for example: MemorialSmith).  The proctor will provide a standardized list of school names, some abbreviated, for consistency.  It is imperative that students use this format for their player name, or the school may not receive the points earned by that student.

6.    It would be advisable for students to have the Zoom meeting and the Kahoot! website open side by side on their computer (or to log into the Kahoot! quiz on their smart phones).  The student must remain on camera in the Zoom meeting during the entire Kahoot! quiz.

7.    All contestants from all entering schools will compete simultaneously, i.e., there will not be the usual tournament format of two teams competing against each other at a time.

8.    The Kahoot! quiz will have 30 questions of various types, mostly multiple-choice but formats may also include true/false, multi-select (more than one answer must be chosen), "puzzle" (dragging responses into a specific order), and short answer (where you type in your response).  The state Kahoot! quiz may include more questions, including some with an audio component.

9.    The questions for this year will not come from our main bank of Pass auf! questions.  Rather, they will focus on this year's special topic (The Three Bs of German Classical Music: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms) and information from the newsletters that have been published by Gail Cope in anticipation of this year's 40th anniversary of the state contest (see links below).  Students will need to study for the "Three Bs" topic based on their own research, as in a traditional Pass auf! year.

10. The top 4 scores from each school will be added to get a total score for the school.  If 5, 6, or 7 students from a school play the Kahoot! quiz, the 5th-, 6th-, and 7th-highest scores will be discarded.  If fewer than 4 students from a school compete, the school will be at a disadvantage vis-a-vis the other schools by virtue of having fewer than 4 scores flowing into their total score, but don't let that stop you from taking your best shot at it!


Texas State German Contest at 40 Newsletters

April-May 2021

June 2021

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

October 2021

November-December 2021

January-February 2022


This form is left here for use in future years.


Varsity Pass auf! Schedule 2023


This schedule as a Word file







Varsity 1



Varsity 2



Varsity 3



Varsity 4



Varsity 5



Varsity 6



Varsity 7



Varsity 8


12:30 Varsity 9


1:00 Varsity 10 (V10)    
1:30 Varsity 11 (V11)    


When is the next Houstonfest?



February 4, 2023


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School in Houston


Link to Texas State German Contest


Texas State German Contest on Facebook


Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group