Short-term Gymnasium Exam Preparation Courses
With our Lern-Forum preparation courses, we prepare students in a targeted and efficient way for the entrance examination of the short-term gymnasium. In small groups, all topics are repeated comprehensively. Numerous exercise sheets are used to consolidate the examination material. Our in-house created course materials are always adapted to the latest entrance examinations and the curriculum. Since schools often neglect the writing of texts, we focus on the training of writing essays in the preparatory courses that run parallel to regular school classes. The essays are corrected and graded by a specialized team.
In groups of 3 to 8 students, the subject matter is systematically reviewed and consolidated with exercises on the basis of a well-structured course folder. Afterwards previous entrance examinations are solved and reviewed in detail.
For 20 years we have been successfully preparing students for the gymnasium in the following subjects:
- Essay Writing
The course materials are adapted to the latest requirements every year. We practice for the entrance examination and at the same time the students learn an efficient working technique so that they can solve the exercises independently.
The entrance examination is designed in a way that for each subject a number of tasks has to be solved. The exam material is learnable, so diligent students have a very good chance of passing the entrance examination. For almost 30 years, Lern-Forum has been the leading institute when it comes to your child's success at school.
Why decide for the short-term gymnasium?
The short-term gymnasium follows the compulsory schooling period. Up to this point, the learning content is prescribed by law. Now, for the first time, your child can choose which education corresponds to their aptitudes and interests.
The choice of their academic career is strongly influenced by the parental home and social environment. It would be a fallacy to claim that students make a choice completely detached from their families. The professions of the parents play a major role. If one parent is a doctor, the child does not necessarily choose a medical education, but often a field of work with social contacts such as psychology, teaching professions, etc. The same is true for technical professions. This is not surprising, because the child experiences security at home and knows their parents' professions from family conversations. Therefore, your child associate’s familiar occupational fields with security and safety.
After high school, various further education options are available. In addition to the traditional gymnasium, which concludes with the federally recognized Matura and allows free access to the university (except for medicine), there are also vocational secondary schools such as the business secondary school HMS, the specialized secondary school FMS, the IT secondary school IMS, the sports gymnasium and, last but not least, the Liceo Artistico.
The highest and most demanding level of education is the short-term gymnasium. It offers many mathematical and scientific subjects (so-called MINT subjects) as well as new and old languages. A general education in geography, history, biology, and the environment broadens the student's personal horizons and explains cross-curricular contexts that enable them to actively participate in shaping our society. This diversity is unsurpassed. So, it's not surprising that politics is dominated by well-educated representatives of the people.
Short-term gymnasium in Zurich
The short-term gymnasium in the canton of Zurich is a state school, which children can attend for free. The cantonal schools are of the highest quality, as there is a teacher with a university degree and additional pedagogical training for each subject.
To benefit from all these advantages, students must overcome the hurdle of the strict and selective entrance examination. Post-compulsory education is voluntary, and it would be a waste of taxpayers' money if unmotivated students had to be dragged along.
This year, the entrance examination for the short-term gymnasium also includes the subjects of mathematics, German and French. Students are expected to have a complete command of the first and second grade high school subjects and to be able to recall them at lightning speed in the examination.
All topics must be present. This requires that the student has prepared himself thoroughly. He can simplify mathematical terms and solve fractional equations, combinatorial problems, and simple probability calculations, to name but a few examples. In addition, the student must be proficient in French. Not only does he know the vocabulary, but he also knows that every language, be it French, German, English, etc., needs to be structured differently, and is not just a string of words. Students are expected to know the grammatical rules and to be able to use them in sentences.
Every language serves the interpersonal communication. Texts contain a message. Bright students can interpret texts and discern what the author wants to tell the reader between the lines.
And not to forget: Students must of course be able to write an essay themselves.
- Course dates
- Holiday Courses
- Double registration
- Learning objectives
Course dates and costs for short-track Gymnasium
Intensive Holiday Courses
Double Registration Gymnasium - FMS - HMS
High school students have the possibility to register for the gymnasium as well as for the HMS, the FMS or the IMS. Thereby the following applies:
- Double registration gymnasium / business secondary school (HMS)
Students who have achieved at least an average of 3.87 (without preliminary grades) in the written entrance examination for the gymnasium are admitted to the business secondary school.
The cantonal schools of Enge, Hottingen and Büelrain run a business secondary school. Students who also wish to register for the business secondary school have to indicate this on the registration form for the gymnasium in the appropriate section. Subsequent registrations cannot be considered.
- Double registration gymnasium / specialized secondary school (FMS)
The cantonal schools of Zurich Birch and Rychenberg (Winterthur) run a specialized secondary school. Students who also wish to register for the specialized secondary school must indicate this on the registration form for the gymnasium in the appropriate section. Subsequent registrations cannot be considered.
Students first take the regular exam for the gymnasium. If they have achieved an average of at least 3.25 in this examination, they will be admitted to a follow-up examination at the specialized secondary school.
- Double registration gymnasium / IT secondary school (IMS)
Those who have already been admitted to the IMS (examination in October) can still register for the short track gymnasium as long as the age limit is not exceeded. Passing the IMS exam does not allow exam-free admission to the short gymnasium but does allow admission to the vocational secondary school BMS.
- Double registrations for same-level schools
HMS / FMS, HMS / IMS or FMS / IMS are not possible.
- Double registration gymnasium / vocational secondary school (with apprenticeship)
There is no double registration for gymnasium / BMS. Those who have passed the exam for the gymnasium will be admitted to the BMS without an exam. Candidates who have not passed the gymnasium exam and are looking for an apprenticeship afterwards will be re-examined for the BMS. Please contact the vocational schools for more information.
- Procedure of the admission
Candidates who have registered twice will be informed after the examination by the school where the first registration was made whether they can enter the second school (HMS) or will be admitted to the re-examination (FMS).
The learning objectives are defined by the official decisions of the Canton of Zürich. There is often a gap between what has been covered in class at school and what is required by the entrance exam (especially in maths). It is for this reason that thorough preparation for the exam is so important.;
We focus not on rote memorisation but on applying learned concepts.
Practice material and course documentation
We are optimally equipped with additional exercises including solutions for in-depth study of the material, old gymnasium exams and the latest teaching materials. The course folder is updated every year and adapted to the requirements.
The students receive exercise material they don't already have. The old exams (links to old exams and free practice material) are only used in the last third of the exam preparation. Before that, we practice and consolidate the entire subject matter using tried and tested tasks.
Students also receive an overview and explanation of each topic for reference.
Now the students can also prepare themselves with our math teachers. The structured learning material for independent studying developed by Swiss gymnasium teachers can be found in our online store.
We also practice for the long-term gymnasium entrance examination, and at the same time the students learn an efficient working technique so that they can solve the tasks independently.
Gymnasium preparation with milestones
Save time and money
Our milestone programme now offers students the opportunity to prepare flexibly in supervised self-study.
Scope of services
Our long-term gymnasium preparation courses are either taught by trained primary school teachers or by students with teaching experience and top marks. The progress of each group is discussed and issues are resolved immediately.
- Long-term Gymnasium
Courses for the preparation for the long-term high school. Successful exam preparation for primary school students from 6th grade upwards into the Long-Track Gymnasium.
- Short-term Gymnasium
Lern Forum offers preparatory courses for the short-term gymnasium in Zurich. Prepare for the short-term gymnasium entrance examination now.
- Gymi probation courses
Gymi probationary courses and the probationary support in the gymnasium ensure that learning for the gymnasium is approached as intensively as necessary.
- Holiday Courses
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.
- Pre-course 5th Grade
Gymnasium preparation for 5th year primary students. In our courses, your child will learn how to understand and interpret texts, build vocabulary, improve math knowledge, improve essay-writing and much more. Your child will be fully prepared for the 2021 entrance exam.
- Gymnasium preparation 1st Sec.
Gymnasium preparation courses from 1st grade secondary school. In these learning courses your child will learn how to understand and interpret age-appropriate texts, build vocabulary, essay teaching, math 1st sec., sentence tasks 1st sec.
- e-Learning Online Courses
We offer online preparation courses for BMS, short and long-track gymnasium. We also offer online courses in the subjects Math, German and essay training.
- 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.
- Oral Exam
Lern-Forum has been offering preparatory courses for the oral gymnasium examination in German, French and mathematics for years.
- Essay training gymnasium preparation
Targeted, age-appropriate essay training for primary and secondary students. These students learn and train how to write great essays in small groups.
- Gymnasium prep taster days
In the first weeks after the summer holidays, the Lern-Forum offers taster courses in preparation for the Gymnasium and BMS for everyone.
- Gymi Prep Milestones
In the course "Gymi Prep with Milestones" students work with the proven teaching materials and course folders from the Lern-Forum.
- Gymi Exam 2021
Prep courses for Gymnasium at Lern-Forum.ch
- Frequently Asked Questions – Gymi exam
We have answered a list of frequently asked questions about the gymnasium exam and BMS exam. You can post your questions here and we will answer you as soon as possible
- Learning objectives for long-track Gymnasium
Prep courses covering all relevant topics for the entrance exam. The learning objectives are based on the syllabus for Zürich primary schools.
- Learning objectives for short-track Gymnasium prep courses
Information on the learning objectives and the exact requirements in our prep courses for short-track Gymnasium.
- Exam archive
Free gymnasium exam exercises and old tests for preparing for the 2021 entrance examination. Feel free to go through and download any files of previous gymnasium exams.
- Learning Objectives and Chances of Success
Chances of success in applying to long-track Gymnasium
- Guide for the gymnasium examination
Guide to the Gymnasium entrance examination - All information on the gymnasium examination - Central entrance examination
- Our gymnasium preparation course material
Our course material for gymnasium preparation. Sample exercises in mathematics, French and German. Insight into our course material.