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Upon request, students can participate in an examination simulation. 

It is a test they have never seen before, as we create the tasks ourselves. This gives the students the opportunity to gain experience in a tense situation. In addition, the simulation exam gives both students and parents a realistic assessment of their learning progress. Especially the essay grades always lead to heated discussions after the entrance examination (or even on legal disputes, referring to the article in the Tagesanzeiger of 3 August 2016). There is a great deal of uncertainty about what is required of the students. The students are afraid of writing essays and feel that they are being treated unfairly and arbitrarily when it comes to grading. Each student receives a detailed explanation of his or her essay and thus sees what he or she can do even better, so that there are no unpleasant surprises after the exam.  

We attach great importance to ensuring that the test simulation comes as close as possible to real conditions. It is the long concentration span that can often push students to their limits. Therefore, the simulation exam will take place from 8.15 h - 12.00 h (with breaks), just like the real entrance exam. This gives the students the opportunity to get familiar with the early time and the pressure associated with the time span. In addition, the examination is supervised by other teachers.

"External" students pay an administrative fee.

Wie läuft die Simulationsprüfung im Lern-Forum Zürich ab?

Wie die echte Aufnahmeprüfung beginnt unsere Prüfungssimulation im Lern-Forum um 8:15 Uhr und dauert bis um 12:00 Uhr inklusive Pausen. Auch die einzelnen Fächer werden dabei in der gleichen Reihenfolge und für die gleiche Dauer wie in der echten Aufnahmeprüfung geprüft. Innerhalb einer Woche erhalten die Teilnehmer dann die Resultate der Prüfung. Diese beinhalten nicht nur die einzelnen Noten und die Gesamtnote, sondern auch detaillierte Korrekturen und Kommentare unserer erfahrenen Lehrkräfte im Lern-Forum.

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Date and Prices

Mock Exam for Gymnasium 2020 - NEW: also for BMS
Course Dates Course Times Level Location Cost Flyer
Mock exam
Long-track Gymnasium
8:15 AM – 12:00 PM primary year 6 Zürich Uni
Cont. Ed.
240.-- **
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Short-track Gymnasium

8:15 AM – 12:00 PM

1:30 PM – 5:15 PM

secondary year 2/3

Zürich Uni
Cont. Ed.

(9/2/20 - Zürich

290.-- *
330.-- **
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Mock exam
8:15 AM – 1:00 PM secondary year 3
those leaving apprenticeships
Zürich Uni
Cont. Ed.
290.-- *
330.-- **
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All prices include scoring.
* Cost for students attending a course
** Cost for external students

Exam Simulation in Zurich

We do not recommend having your child take the simulation exam if he or she has little chance of passing the Gymnasium entrance exam. Experience has shown that our scores are similar to those of the real exam.

The costs incl. scoring are:

Long-track Gymnasium

CHF 210.-- (for our students)

CHF 240.-- (for external students)

Short-track Gymnasium

CHF 155.-- Maths and essay (for our students)

CHF 135.-- German text comprehension and French (for our students)

CHF 175.-- Maths and essay (for external students)

CHF 155.-- German text comprehension and French (for external students)

Vocational school (BMS)

CHF 290.-- Maths, German, French, English (for our students)

CHF 330.-- Maths, German, French, English (for external students)

(Please don’t bring any money! You will receive an invoice.)

Students will receive their results within 1 week (5 business days).

Why a mock exam?

When a student doesn’t pass the entrance exam, the argument is often made that the student "merely had a bad day". It is considered unfair that students’ performance is judged based on a single day. However, in our experience, failing the exam is very rarely due to having a "bad day". Rather, it is usually clear in which area a student has failed.

In school (and sometimes even in Gymnasium prep courses), students are often evaluated too leniently. The exam follows very strict standards. Often students are only praised, while any knowledge gaps they may have or mistakes they make are not pointed out. This makes it difficult for students to understand why they received poor marks on the entrance exam.

The mock exam helps students assess their own situation realistically. They learn how they are evaluated on the entrance exam and what the examiners pay special attention to. They also experience the exam situation: the time pressure, any concentration difficulties, etc. Our mock exams are scored just like the real entrance exams and then sent to the students. Students can see exactly where they made mistakes and why they received a certain grade.

This allows students to focus on their weaknesses until right before the exam. It also means that not doing well on the exam isn’t such a disappointment to students – they know that a negative exam result is a question of studying and not personal ability. Students can then focus on the future, with the goal of doing better next time (for example, on the entrance exam to short-track Gymnasium or BMS).

What is the mock exam like?

The entire mock exam is developed by us at Lern-Forum.

The types of problems, difficulty level and even the typography all match the actual exam.

The texts in German and French have never been on an exam before.

They are not exams from other cantons.

Mock exam BMS

We now also offer a "real life" exam simulation for the BMS entrance exam.

Students become familiar with the exam situation and can assess themselves.
Our BMS success rate is above average at (around 80 %).

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