Realistic mock exam
Practice the exam situation under real conditions
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.
- Dates and Prices
- Mock Exam
- Why a Mock Exam?
Date and Prices
|Mock Exam for Gymnasium 2020 - NEW: also for BMS|
|8:15 AM – 12:00 PM||primary year 6||Zürich Uni
8:15 AM – 12:00 PM
1:30 PM – 5:15 PM
|secondary year 2/3||290.-- *
|8:15 AM – 1:00 PM||secondary year 3
those leaving apprenticeships
|All prices include scoring.
* Cost for students attending a Lern-Forum.ch 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:
CHF 210.-- (for our students)
CHF 240.-- (for external students)
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 270.-- 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).
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