February 24, 2024
Texas State University, San Marcos


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Scavenger Hunt General Rules

Entry Limit: One team per school; 2 to 4 contestants (4 is highly recommended); a team may have 1 upper-level student (German III or above) IF the team consists of 4 members but NOT if the team consists of 2 or 3 members, and no advantaged speakers may be on a team.

Time Limit: The time limit for both parts combined is one hour. Teams may split their time between Parts One and Two in any way, but 35 minutes for Part One and 25 minutes for Part Two are recommended. Time Penalties: For each team member that exceeds the one-hour time limit up to 5 minutes, 20 points will be deducted from his/her quiz score. If any team member exceeds the time limit by more than 5 minutes, the entire team will be disqualified.

There are TWO parts to the event. Team members will work together on Part One but individually on Part Two. All team members must be present for all of both parts. Each team should have at least one SmartPhone or tablet (iPad, etc.) with a digital QR-code reader app already installed, but it is recommended that each team member have his/her own such device along with earbuds or headphones.

Part One: Follow written German directions to find four QR codes posted around the contest venue. At each of the four stations, teams will use their devices to access a video (max. 3 minutes per video). All team members should view all videos. (See Schnitzeljagd General Instructions for more details.) Total video running time is about 12 minutes.

Part Two: Each team member will complete a written quiz independently. The quiz will have four multiple-choice questions and one question requiring a written German response based on each of the four videos that have been viewed (20 items total). The questions are in German. (See Schnitzeljagd General Instructions for more details.) All team members’ scores will be averaged to obtain the team’s final score.

Scavenger Hunt Critique Sheets

Please click the link below to download the critique sheet for scavenger hunt.

Scavenger Hunt

Schnitzeljagd General Instructions

Sample Clip with Questions

The scavenger hunt is made up of a variety of 4 video clips. Here is a sample video clip and its related questions.

 Markieren Sie die beste Antwort! 

Wo spielt der erste Teil von diesem Werbespot?
a. auf dem Land
b. in einer Bar
c. in einem Zug
d. am Bahnhof

Was zeigt der Mann der Frau?
a. seine Kreditkarte
b. seinen Ausweis
c. seinen Autoschlüssel
d. seinen Führerschein 

Welchen Beruf hat die Frau?
a. sie ist bei der Post

b. sie ist Polizistin
c. sie ist Lokführerin
d. sie ist Flugzeugpilot

 Was haben Sie im Video gehört und gesehen? Antworten Sie mit einem ganzen Satz auf Deutsch! 

Was sagt die Frau ungefähr, wenn sie dem Mann ihren Schlüssel zeigt?______________________________________________________________________________
Wie reagiert der Mann?



Schnitzeljagd Vocabulary Study List

Here is a downloadable study list for vocabulary that may help you navigate the German directions.

Download (PDF, 266KB)


Feb. 9, 2024
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $12 per student. Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $15 per student.

Feb. 14, 2024
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.

Feb. 17, 2024
Digital Event submissions due by 9:00 a.m.

Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due by 9:00 a.m.

Important Dates

Feb. 24, 2024
Texas State German Contest, 42nd Anniversary, Texas State University, San Marcos

Mar. 10, 2024
Gail Cope Scholarship applications due

Anytime during the school year August 1, 2023 - April 30, 2024
Spring Teacher Grant applications due

February 22, 2025
Texas State German Contest 2025

Contact Us

Texas State German Contest Director
Jennifer Christianson

Sprachfest/TSGC Mailing Address
Texas State German Contests, Inc.
PO Box 2043
Boerne, TX 78006

Onsite Directors
Dr. Ewa Siwak & Dr. Valentina Glajar
Dept. of Modern Languages
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

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