27 February 2015

Matriculation examination 2015

– Matriculation examination 2015 will have a new formula. I wish all students success at the exam. I hope that they will make a very good use of this time. I would like all students who will take this exam that if they want to get to universities they have to possess this set of knowledge which will enable them to proceed to the next stage – said Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, Minister of National Education, during a press conference. – The matriculation examination has to be of importance. Please, learn! – she added.

During a meeting with journalists, the head of the Ministry and Marcin Smolik, PhD – head of the Central Examination Board (CEB) – explained how the new matriculation examination will differ from this year’s examination.

– Each graduate who will decide to take the matriculation examination will have to take 5 obligatory exams. In the Polish language – written and oral part, chosen modern foreign language – written and oral part, mathematics – written part – reminded the head of the CEB.

The written part of obligatory exams is carried out at the basic level. Oral exams have no level determined. In order to pass the exam – written or oral – one has to obtain at least 30% of all possible points. – Moreover, each graduate will have to take a written exam in a chosen additional subject at the advanced level. If it is an exam in a modern foreign language, the level required is the advanced or bilingual level – added Marcin Smolik.

Apart from one obligatory exam, each graduate can also take exams in other additional subjects – from 1 to 5.

Exams in additional subjects are carried out at the advanced level and in the case of foreign language – at the advanced or bilingual level. The choice of additional subjects does not depend on the school graduates attended or on subjects they had at this particular school.

– Since May 2015, the formula of the oral exam in the Polish language will be different – the presentation will be replaced with oral form about a specific topic – explained Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska.

A person taking the exam will draw an examination task including a cultural text (literary, iconic, popular science about linguistic knowledge) and a question referring to the text. Graduates will have 15 minutes to prepare for the answer. Afterwards, they will have to deliver a speech and then participate in a discussion related to the speech with the examination body.

Changes in the system of external examinations aimed, among others, at ensuring that graduates of upper secondary schools not only are better prepared to begin their higher education but also possess skills enabling them to be flexible on the labour market. Since 2015, an even greater emphasis than before will be put in the matriculation examination – at the advanced level, particularly – on checking skills needed by each student and employee, such as processing information from various sources, including critical analysis and comparison of the content, drawing conclusions, make hypotheses and verify them, identify and explain correlations and dependencies. These skills, universal to a great extent, will be checked in tasks requiring sound knowledge in the field of a given subject, defined in detailed requirements of the core curriculum.

Detailed materials about the matriculation examination in the new formula are available on the website of the Central Examination Board.

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