Long-track Gymnasium – Will I succeed?
Success in the entrance exam doesn’t just depend on optimal preparation, but is also strongly influenced by the attitude with which students prepare for it. Am I taking the exam because it’s what my parents want? Because I want to go to university? Or is it because I can’t decide on an apprenticeship?
There are many reasons to opt for long-track Gymnasium – and therefore many different chances of success.
- Entrance Exam Success Chances
- The way to success?
- Excessive Demands
- What is success?
Chances of success long-track Gymnasium entrance exam
Many parents wonder what the chances of successfully passing the entrance exam are.
Currently, the acceptance rate starting from the 6th grade is 50%. This is relatively low—only every other child is accepted to long-track Gymnasium.
The problem is that many conditions that can’t be studied for must be met in order to be successful on the entrance exam:
- Personal maturity of the child (often measured by the essay)
- Work pace (many math problems to solve within a short time)
- High language competence (reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar)
- Integrated GCA tasks - math problems that require critical thinking rather than studying
To a certain extent, these skills can be trained, but even with "expensive courses," success can’t be controlled at will.
Chances of success short-track Gymnasium / IMS / BMS
The chances of success for short-track Gymnnasium strongly depend on the will of the student.
Commitment, endurance and perseverance while studying are rewarded. Our success rate is absolutely above average.
According to official statistics, 48% of students pass the entrance exam. Our acceptance rate is 70%.
The exam outcome can be planned for:
- Learning vocabulary (French)
- Mastering math problems through repetitive practice
- Memorizing and learning how to apply German and French grammar
Diligence and determination pay off. Practice makes perfect. This is where we come in.
The dynamic of studying in small groups is beneficial for upper-level students. They motivate each other.
The entrance exam for long-track Gymnasium tests personal development and working methods in addition to a child's subject knowledge.
In mathematics, the most important thing is the ability to solve multi-step problems in a logical, step-by-step manner. The children should be able to work quickly and cleanly. They must be able to make connections between different bits of information and reason through new types of problems. The exam may contain any of the following (this is not a complete list):
- Converting measurements (distances, weights, times, etc.)
- Calculating with fractions and decimal points
- Rule of three (word problems, proportions)
- Problems about work and performance
- Calculating speed
- Geometry (constructions, volumes etc.)
- Spacial reasoning
In German, one of the most important parts is the essay. The essays are subject to strict marking and are used as an indicator of the child's developmental level. Children must also pass a German test with reading comprehension and multiple grammar and vocabulary questions. Independent thinking is important. The children should be able to draw the main points from a text and answer questions appropriately for their age. A large vocabulary and a firm grasp of grammar can be decisive factors.
Long-term gymnasium, the path to success?
Many parents now consider long-track Gymnasium the number one road to success. 40 years ago, the average number of students who wanted to go on to the Gymnasium after primary school was much lower than today (less than 5%!). Every year, new records are announced by the media, and there is no foreseeable end to the Gymnasium “trend”.
But why is there such high demand for long-track Gymnasium?
Many journalists explain this shift thusly: 40 years ago, adolescents often couldn’t decide for themselves which path to take – whether students selected vocational school, Gymnasium or an apprenticeship was often decided by the parents. An apprenticeship with a concrete career goal (such as a commercial apprenticeship) was considered especially secure back then, which is why many parents selected this option. Many of these children are now parents themselves and want to enable their children to take the path they were denied back then – the Gymnasium track.
Here, however, an essential point is often overlooked: What was denied back then wasn’t strictly the path to Gymnasium, but the general freedom of choice. If a student has a clear idea of what he or she would like to do (e.g. computer science apprenticeship + BMS + professional studies) and the primary school teacher agrees, it’s worth considering what is more important: the child’s freedom of choice or the wish of the parents.
Demanding is not the same as supporting
All parents want the best for their children. This includes providing broad support so that children have all doors open to them in the future and can be successful.
Soccer club, tennis, early English learning, logic courses and gymnasium prep have therefore become part of the standard repertoire of all "forward-looking" parents – but is this really in children’s best interest?
Providing optimal support means "bringing to light" children’s individual strengths and potentials. Placing excessive demands on adolescents rarely leads to success. For this reason, it is important that every decision – be it joining the tennis club, regular swim training or Gymnasium prep course – is discussed together. Only this way can children develop the necessary initiative and perseverance without which parental support quickly starts to feel like parental demand—and ultimately leads to failure.
What is success?
Success today is often equated with money – those who are successful earn enough to afford a single family house, a family with two kids and summer holidays at the beach.
But this general notion of success is quickly exposed as unreliable if we imagine ourselves in the situation of having to choose a career. Would I simply like to earn a lot – no matter what I have to do? Or is having fun at work more important to me? Would I like to make a contribution to society, or is it more important to me that I can sleep until 9 AM? Everyone has different preferences, which means there is no universal definition of "success".
For Lern-Forum, academic success means two things: possessing a wide variety of basic skills and recognizing one’s strengths and deepening these. Basic language and mathematics skills are required in every profession, every apprenticeship and every school.
Lern-Forum does not think success strictly depends on school. There are countless examples in which students have failed despite obtaining their Matura, while others have had great careers with an apprenticeship and vice versa. For this reason, it is important to select an academic path that best suits one’s individual strengths and abilities - and not the most popular or prestigious path.
Does the social welfare office pay for the course?
No, long-track gymnasium prep courses are generally not paid for by the social welfare office. This is because the Swiss school system guarantees equal opportunity – transfer to Gymnasium is possible in a variety of ways, and even without long-track Gymnasium, students have a wide range of options to choose from.
Online registration for short- and long-track Gymnasium. Wednesday afternoons and Saturday
Intensive courses and holiday courses so pupils can prepare for the gymnasium entrance exam. Check out our list of holiday and intensive courses focused on the gymnasium examination. Information and registration.
- Registration for mock exam
Lern-Forum offers simulated exams so that your child can get a realistic assessment of his/her learning level and determine whether he/she is ready for the upcoming entrance examinations. Information and registration.
Online registration for short-track Gymnasium. Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays in Zürich, Winterthur, Affoltern am Albis