Alternate way to enter umlaut, etc (faster)
It should be possible to enter umlauts, or other foreign characters [alt] + [toggled letter] It is much too slow for timed tests to have to mouse entries. For example, the letter a could toggle a, a-umlaut, a-accent grave, a-circumflex, then back to a, etc. The same system could then be used for not only German, but French, Spanish and Portuguese
For German at least, you can type ae, oe, and ue for ä, ö, and ü. I don't know if there are shortcuts for other languages: e' (or e`) would be nice for Italian è, for instance.