Preparation short-term gymnasium

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:

  • Mathematics
  • German
  • Essay Writing

From 2023, the new examination regulations will apply: 50% report card grades for the subjects mathematics, German, French, English, science and 50% examination grades for the subjects mathematics, German (essay, grammar, text comprehension).

We run exam preparation courses (German and mathematics) as well as supplementary courses (English, French, science).

The course materials are adapted to the latest requirements every year. We practice for the entrance exam and at the same time the students learn an efficient working technique so that they can solve the tasks 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.

Insight into our course material

In our courses, we use our own developed course material.

Clearly structured, excellently built, exceptional design

  1. Theory
  2. simple exercises for understanding
  3. more difficult exercises for exam preparation
  4. Examination tasks

Sample pages from the course folder for Short-term Gymivorbereitung

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Ferienkurse Gymivorbereitung Kursdaten

In allen Kursgebühren sind die Kursunterlagen inbegriffen

1. Woche Sommerferien 18.07.22 - 22.07.22 nur in Zürich

3. Woche Sommerferien 01.08.22 - 05.08.22 nur in Zürich

4. Woche Sommerferien 08.08.22 - 12.08.22 nur in Zürich

5. Woche Sommerferien 15.08.22 - 19.08.22 nur in Zürich

1. Woche Herbstferien 10.10.22 - 14.10.22 nur in Zürich

2. Woche Herbstferien 17.10.22 - 21.10.22 nur in Zürich

1. Woche Weihnachtsferien 27.12.22 - 29.12.22 nur in Zürich

2. Woche Weihnachtsferien 03.01.23 - 05.01.23 nur in Zürich

1. Woche Sportferien 14.2.22 - 18.2.22 nur in Zürich

2. Woche Sportferien 21.2.22 - 25.2.22 nur in Zürich

3. Woche Sportferien 28.2.22 - 4.3.22 nur in Zürich

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).

Learning Objectives

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 math). It is for this reason that thorough preparation for the exam is so important.

We focus not on rote memorization, but on applying learned concepts.

Here you can find and download more information about our learning objectives.


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.

Students are given practice material that they do not already know. 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 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 Shop.

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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.

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