I didn't take HL German B, but I did HL Spanish B, and the syllabus for the HL B subjects is basically the same regardless of language. I know the format changed for the HL B languages for 2013 onwards, but what's still important is to make sure you learn the language and learn it well. You aren't expected to be completely fluent in the language, but I believe with the HL language B's they are expecting a bit more proficiency in the language now than the previous syllabus did. Learn vocabulary! I cannot stress that enough. They can present texts about anything. And they do. Sometimes the texts are so random (the May 2012 HL Spanish B exam had an excerpt from a story about a woman who had this like mute or deaf or newly-immigrated, i don't really remember, carry her groceries up a flight of stairs for her LOL). You should have a pretty good vocabulary base for HL B anyways, but focus on learning a broad range of vocabulary in the next two years. Also learn "HL vocabulary," as my teacher put it. For example, in Spanish if you wanted to say "good" you could just say "bueno," which is a very basic word you learn in the first week of classes, or you could say "maravilloso" which sounds much more impressive. I'm sure there are plenty of words like that for German, so learn them. Learn idioms and colloquial phrases that don't really translate out of German word-for-word to add to your speaking and your writing to sound better (plus the examiners like seeing these ). It makes your writing more sophisticated and will boost your score IF YOU USE IT CORRECTLY. Like don't add an idiom just to say one and sound awkward. That's bad. Learn how to write well. You will prepare for a variety of different writing tasks, so learn how to do all of them. Learn how to write formally and informally, how to write articles, how to write e-mails, how to write brochures, etc. Be ready for any writing task they can ask you. Language Bs aren't too hard if you have an inclination towards languages. Good luck Well said! Let me just add one more important thing. Watch/listen to as much German TV/radio as possible, and pay attention to the sound of the language. It'll really help your speaking skills, I promise!