All about Matura, the Polish high school, 2022 edition!

After 2 years of pandemic that had interrupted the tests, a return to normalcy for this new edition of Matura 2022 … 41 young Ukrainians who arrived in Poland after February 24 are doing the final exams in Poland , said the Central Examinations Commission (CKE). , Centralna Church Examination). Special conditions have been introduced especially for them, they can, among other things, have a long time during the tests. The maturity exams will be held from 4 to 23 May.

Do you know what the Polish Baccalaureate is like? We help you review your knowledge in this area!

Kezako la Matura in a few figures

Matura (fr. Baccalaureate) -formerly called the maturity exam- is a symbolic moment of entry into adulthood for all Poles. A good pass on the high school exam opens the door to higher education. Period of reviews, stress and often sleepless nights, both for the candidates and for the families!

In 2009, 430,000 high school students passed the baccalaureate in Poland.

The population decline doing its job, in 2019, was less than 250,000.

Today, during this month of May 2022, 289,000 high school students take the exam, including 41 from Ukraine.

The choice of high school, courses

Access to the baccalaureate is made by file in Poland, after an exam that closes the education received in primary, to 8th: Examination osmoklasisty. The 8th year corresponds to the 4th year of university in France. Therefore, the choice of high school and courses is essential. This is the first step in a long process of guidance.

It is true that the training offer may vary in certain institutes, but there are general profiles, guaranteed in all schools in Poland, for example: mathematics, humanities and literature, geography, biology and chemistry, foreign languages ​​or computer science.

The choice of courses is essential for high school preparation. Students are more likely to choose high school subjects in which they have a higher number of specific subjects.

The structure of the Matura, compulsory and optional subjects!

The general baccalaureate requires a correct level in basic subjects such as Polish, mathematics and foreign languages. These subjects are compulsory for everyone and you must obtain at least 30% to pass them.

In addition, everyone chooses at least one optional subject which they must then take at an advanced level.

In each baccalaureate the student has the possibility to take a few optional tests (maximum 6). In this case, there is no percentage threshold as at the beginner level. In most cases, however, students choose advanced level subjects.

A novelty for this 2022 session: oral exams are not mandatory. They will be organized only for those who need the result of this examination in the recruitment procedure in a higher education institution abroad.

Exam modalities, high school, technikum, szkoła branżowa

The exam is usually held between the ages of 18 and 19. But the high school exam can be taken at any age and more and more people are taking this challenge after several years or even decades.

As for the students, they have to pass all the subjects to pass the baccalaureate. The teacher has the right not to admit a student to high school only by giving a negative grade to his subject at the end of the school year. In this case, the baccalaureate is postponed to the end of the following year.

Not only does the institute offer the possibility of passing the baccalaureate, but also the technical school (technikum). The main difference between schools is the number of years it takes to complete their studies and obtain a degree.

From 2019, education in secondary school lasts 4 years, in technical school 5 years and in vocational school (szkoła branżowa) only 3 years. At the end of the baccalaureate you obtain the baccalaureate degree and the possibility of pursuing the baccalaureate.

At the end of a technical school, students obtain a high school diploma, but also a professional qualification, confirmed by an exam. However, a vocational training qualification is not enough. In this case, two additional baccalaureate courses (II r.) Must also be taken to pass the baccalaureate.

“I want to close the educational stage and go further, in the direction that interests me. » Martyna, a future high school graduate of Ludwik Zamenhof in Łódź

Olympic bonuses

April 29 marked the end of the 2022 school year and the end of education for high school students. This is a special time for young people who are now choosing their career. Martyna, a future high school graduate of the Ludwik Zamenhof High School in Łódź, admits that she is happy to end this stage of her life, but she still doesn’t believe it. After being a finalist in Knowledge Olympics about Poland and the modern worldautomatically obtained 100% in high school in social studies (in Polish WOS). In this way, the education system rewards the students who participate successfully Olympics … motivation for some!

Pandemic 2020/2021 vs Baccalaureate

The preparations for the baccalaureate of the last two years have been completely different from those of the previous years. The pandemic has brought about great changes in education. Students had online classes, mainly through the Teams platform. Opinions about online education are still divided. For some it was a blessing, for others it was a curse.

Martyna from Łódź believes that she is one of the few people who prefers online courses. It turns out that the pandemic did not have a negative impact on their preparation for high school. During the online courses, in the first place, I saved a lot of time on trips between home and school, breaks or subjects I did not take. “In addition, the pandemic has not only changed the way we teach but also the structure of the high school.” The pandemic has contributed to the suppression of oral exams, which I think is an advantage. she adds. On the other hand, most students in his class believe that the pandemic has caused chaos in schools.

“I am aware of being one of the few people who preferred the teaching method during the pandemic. Most of my friends complain about the lack of motivation, for me, online classes are better! » Martyna de Łódź

We wish high school students good luck! Here is the program of events:

  • May 6in the morning there was a basic level English exam, and in the afternoon there were exams in the following languages: German, Russian, French, Spanish and basic level Italian;
  • May 9in the morning there will be an exam in English, basic and bilingual level, and in the afternoon, in philosophy;
  • May 10in the morning there will be an exam in Polish at the extended level, and in the afternoon at the extended and bilingual level in French;
  • May 11in the morning there will be an exam in mathematics at the extended level, and in the afternoon in Spanish at the extended and bilingual level;
  • May 12in the morning there will be a biology exam and in the afternoon in Russian at extended and bilingual levels;
  • May 13there will be a morning and afternoon social science exam in German, extended and bilingual levels;
  • May 16there will be a morning and afternoon chemistry exam in Italian, extended and bilingual levels;
  • May 17in the morning there will be a history exam, and in the afternoon in the languages ​​of national minorities at the basic level;
  • May 18in the morning there will be a geography exam and in the afternoon in the languages ​​of national minorities at an extended level;
  • May 19there will be a physics exam in the morning and an art history exam in the afternoon;
  • May 20in the morning there will be a computer exam, and in the afternoon in Kashubian and Lemko;
  • May 23Exams for individual subjects will be conducted in foreign languages ​​for graduates of bilingual schools or classes.

Oral exams of the course 2021/2022 will not be compulsory. They will be open to people whose result is necessary for recruitment at a foreign university.

For high school graduates who, for health or random reasonsthey will not be able to present in the written proofs in the main date, has fixed a date of additional session, of the 1 to 15 June 2022. Oral examinations, of the 14 to 15 June.

July 5, results day!

High school results will be announced by SKE (Centralna Church We examined) on July 5th. On this day, high school graduates will also receive their certificates.

Update session

For the unfortunate ones who will have failed in the first session, the resit exams will take place on August 23, these will only be written exams. The results of the resit exams will be announced on September 9th.

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