Matura 2022 / illustration photo / photo. Młodzieżowa Rada Dzielnicy Śródmieście / Facebook
High school graduates across the country took an extended-level, bilingual English exam today. It’s not a compulsory exam, but more than 190,000 people decided to take it, more than 66% of all high school graduates this year.
English is the most frequently chosen complementary subject, as well as the subject in which secondary school graduates obtain the best results. As Warsaw high school graduate Agnieszka Osiecka says, the requirements at the extended level are higher than in the exam at the basic level. – There will definitely be a word formation, an essay of at least 250 words and an official letter – say the candidates.
This year’s high school graduates must pass at least one exam at the advanced level. However, there is no pass threshold in this case. This will only apply from 2025. Then, to pass the secondary school leaving exam, in addition to the compulsory subjects, you will have to obtain a minimum of 30% marks also in an additional subject.
Also today, but in the afternoon, the final examination in philosophy will begin.
Extended and mandatory
In addition to this year’s graduates, the exams will also be passed by graduates of previous years. Among them there will be people who have decided to take an exam in a new subject or to take an exam that was taken earlier in order to improve its result.
The secondary school graduate must pass three compulsory written exams at the basic level: in Polish, mathematics and modern foreign language. Graduates of schools or classes in which the language of instruction is that of the national minorities must always pass a compulsory written examination in the mother tongue at primary level.
All high school graduates must also pass a written exam in a subject of their choice. Volunteers can take a maximum of six such exams. The subjects to choose from are: biology, chemistry, philosophy, physics, geography, history, history of art, history of music, computer science, Latin and ancient culture, knowledge of society, languages of national and ethnic minorities, regional language , as well as mathematics, the Polish language and modern foreign languages.
Exams in the subject of your choice are taken at the advanced level. Therefore, this group also includes – at this level – mathematics, Polish and foreign languages, which are compulsory at the basic level.
This year, for the first time, graduates of a technical secondary school and a graduate industrial school are not required to take an examination in an additional subject at the advanced level, if they meet all the necessary requirements for obtain a diploma confirming professional qualifications or a professional diploma in the profession taught at technician level.
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According to the Central Examinations Commission, 2.6%. This year’s graduates will not take a single examination in an additional subject – these are people who have submitted resignation letters to sit for the secondary school leaving examination in an additional subject, in accordance with the regulations in force on graduates of technical high schools and industrial schools from this year.
Declarations of a desire to pass an exam in an additional subject were made by 37.9%. This year’s graduates from high schools, technical schools and industrial schools. Two exams – according to the statements – must be passed by 29.5%, three exams – 24.3%, four exams – 5.1%, five exams – 0.5%, six exams – 0.1%.
English is the most frequently chosen subject of the Matura exam at the advanced level by this year’s graduates. Mathematics came second. Geography takes third place in this year’s graduate elections, and fourth – Polish. The following places are: Biology, Chemistry, History, Physics, Social Sciences, Computer Science, German, History of Art. The remaining subjects were chosen by less than a thousand applicants.
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Source: IRA/PAP | Author: PA