Gymi prep holiday intensive course

Supplementary courses

Our intensive weeks and theme courses can be ideally combined with the gymnasium preparation that accompanies the school. Different exercises are used in all courses. In this way your child strengthens the material, gains confidence and routine in solving entrance examinations.

We offer intensive courses during the autumn and winter holidays.

These courses have been especially popular for many years. Our basic course during the autumn holiday offers students a comprehensive review for all levels, making students feel confident about the material and helping them rediscover their enjoyment of learning. Our winter (sports) holiday courses add the final touch before the entrance exam.

Autumn holiday: basic course (only 1 week can be booked)

Winter (sports) holiday: exam training (both weeks can be booked - different course folders)

  • Course Dates
  • Long-track (6th year)
  • Short-track (FMS-HMS)
  • BMS
  • Entrance Requirements

PDF icon Study Plan long-track Gymnasium prep

PDF icon Study Plan short-track Gymnasium prep

exact dates here
Autumn, Christmas and
sport holidays*
See below table for dates.
Course times (Mon - Fri)
morning / afternoon / all day
Cost (CHF)  Flyer
Long-track Gymnasium
German + Maths
summer, autumn,
winter (sport)
(all-day courses available)

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and times

9:00 am - 12:00 pm or
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:45 pm (all-day)
Long-track Gymnasium
sport holiday
German + Maths
sport holiday both weeks

1st + 2nd holiday week

2nd + 3rd holiday week

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Long-track Gymnasium
German + Maths
Christmas/New Year holiday

3-day Christmas crash course

1st or 2nd week

9:00 am - 1:00 pm 680.—  
Short-track Gymnasium
Maths / Fr / Ger
summer, autumn,
winter (sport)
(all-day courses available)

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and times

9:00 am - 12:00 pm or
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:45 pm (all-day)
Short-track Gymnasium
Maths / Fr / Ger
sport holiday both weeks

1st + 2nd holiday week

2nd + 3rd holiday week

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Short-track Gymnasium
Maths / Fr / Ger
Christmas/New Year holiday

3-day Christmas crash course

1st or 2nd week

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
BMS Vocational School
(only in Zurich)

Christmas/New Year holiday

3-day Christmas crash course

1st or 2nd week

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
680.— PDF icon
BMS Vocational School
(only in Zurich)

sport holiday both weeks

Week before holiday

1st week

2nd week

3rd week

9:00 am - 12:15 pm
12:30 pm - 3:45 pm
760.— PDF icon
All prices include course materials.

1st week autumn holiday: 5/10/20 - 9/10/20 only in Zürich

2nd week autumn holiday: 12/10/20 - 16/10/20 only in Zürich

1st week Christmas holiday: 21/12/20 - 23/12/20 only in Zürich

2nd week Christmas holiday: 28/12/20 - 30/12/20 only in Zürich

Week before winter (sport) holiday: 3/2/20 - 7/2/20 in Zürich and Winterthur

1st week winter (sport) holiday: 10/2/20 - 14/2/20 in Zürich und Winterthur

2nd week winter (sport) holiday: 17/2/20 - 21/2/20 only in Zürich

3rd week winter (sport) holiday: 24/2/20 - 28/2/20 only in Zürich

Please note: Registered students will receive a confirmation with the course times and dates. The course times on the invoice are valid – not the ones on the website!

Long-track Gymnasium prep: German and maths

During the holidays, students are well-rested and more receptive. We practice the exam material, solve exams from previous years, expand vocabulary and review German grammar. Students also write an essay each day.

Summer holiday course:

Steady into the new school year: Our experience shows that mastering the school material in the 5th grade is an important prerequisite for good grades from the first exam. The grade point average of the entire 1st semester is reflected in the report card (February). Only the good report card creates optimal conditions for success in the examination.

Autumn holiday course:

Review and strengthening of the material, few exam problems (it is still too early for these) plus essay training (students write an essay each day)

Winter (sport) holiday course:

Brief review of the entire material plus practice problems at a quick pace

In addition, there are about 3 hours of homework per day. Students prepare for the next day (solving exam problems) while also reviewing the material covered in the lessons.

(Students write an essay each day during the winter holidays as well).

Please give us a call if you have any questions.

Phone: +44 267 30 00

You can find more information about the chances of success at long-track here.

Maths - German - French

For over 14 years, we have been offering prep courses for the Gymnasium entrance exam during the winter and spring holidays. We review the material with exams from previous years and parallel practice problems.

We practise the three exam subjects mathematics, French and German, with the emphasis primarily being on mathematics and French.
Students usually study for the German portion of the exam at home. We provide a short review of German grammar.

We thoroughly practise French text comprehension, correctly answering text-related questions as well as text production (rédaction approx. 50 words). We also review formal French grammar.
However, the course week is not long enough to fill large knowledge gaps.

In order for students to benefit from the course as much as possible and to ensure a stimulating learning environment, students must complete their homework.

Phone: 044 267 30 01

Vocational School - BMS

We offer special preparatory courses for the entrance exam to BMS (vocational school) in Zürich. The three-hour course consists of a 1.5-hour review of the entire maths material and a 1.5-hour language review, during which German, French and English are reviewed intensively.

Because the BMS entrance exam was merged in 2015 and students of all disciplines now take the same exam, we completely revised our courses and now offer a single course for all students that matches to the new exam format.

More information about BMS courses and overview of available spaces

Phone: 044 267 30 02

Admission Requirements of Canton Schools ZH

Long-track Gymnasium

The entrance exam consists of several parts:

If overall school marks are factored into the admission decision, then students have passed the entrance exam as long as they have an average of 4.5. To determine the average, the following grades are all weighted equally:

Oral entrance exams are no longer required.

Exam result = average between the incoming marks and exam score
Exam result ≥ 4.5: admission
Exam result < 4.5: rejection

Exam requirements for private school (without incoming marks):
Exam result = exam grade
Exam result ≥ 4.00: admission
Exam result < 4.00: rejection

Gymnasium entrance exam date: 8. March 2021

Professionalism, Experience, Competence

Individual support: goal-oriented and personal

A key point of our courses is the focus on each individual. We maintain small class sizes to make personal attention possible. Our teachers are aware of the places where each student struggles and are able to work toward specific goals. Your child's questions will be answered individually during the lesson.

Extensive folder of learning materials included in tuition cost

For optimal study during and outside of class time

Videos for home learning

The Journey is the Goal--the correct problem-solving method is vital in entrance exams. We have created mathematics videos to help with difficult problems, so that the students can follow along during home study. This way your child can work through the problems at his/her own pace, play back each step, and really understand the process.

Assessments and progress reports

Approximately halfway through the course, you will will receive comprehensive feedback about possible gaps in your child's education, his/her behaviour in the course and individualised suggestions for improvement during the remaining course time.

Syllabus with homework assignments

Our teachers update their syllabi so you always know what is being taught in the course. The syllabi also contain a listing of the homework assignments for the next class period. You can check the progress of the course at any time.

Specific and individual essay training

Our professional reviewers offer essay correction with individual feedback and marking according to the standards of the entrance exam. Constant improvement in essay writing helps students take more joy in the process of writing texts and feel more prepared for the test.

Quality of the highest level

Thanks to experienced and professional teachers, examiners and quality managers, customer feedback, internal teacher training and constant oversight, review and improvement of course materials, we can guarantee course quality of the highest level.

Realistically simulated exams

Towards the end of the course, you have the opportunity to take part in our large, realistic exam simulation at reduced cost. Both the atmosphere and the marking mirror the standard entrance exam.

Full day course incl. lunch

Concentrated week of preparation during the winter (sports) holidays incl. hot meal.
Students will be supervised for the whole day.

9.00 am - 3.45 pm 

Gymnasium and BMS Entrance Exam

Third-year students have the opportunity to take the Gymi and BMS exam, since these exams do not take place on the same day.

Holiday course subjects

Long-track Gymnasium

Mo - Fr each 3 hours / day

Short-track Gymnasium

Mo - Fr each 3 hours / day

Vocational Secondary Schools

Mo - Fr each 3 1/4 hours / day

Students can book a maximum of 2 weeks. If they book both course weeksstudents receive new exercises. The course folder is different for each week. The entire group either uses folder A or folder B.


Exam simulation "like real"

With the famous Lern-Forum entrance exam simulation, your child can write and experience the exam under real conditions.

You will receive a detailed, individual correction with tips and hints on how to optimise your results in the cantonal entrance examination.

Our grading system corresponds to the grading scale of the public examination.

Impressions of our examination from February 2020.

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