how it is done


The outline of procedures from the preparation of the syllabus to the results of the Matura

Matura Syllabus and Subject Syllabi
The objectives of each exam are determined by subject syllabi for the Matura and, as a rule, comprise relatively extensive knowledge that is important for further studies. In content, scope and level of achievement, syllabi must not exceed curricula for individual subjects. Each STCM prepares a draft version of a subject syllabus; at the proposal of the NCM it is endorsed by the Council of Experts for General Education in the Republic of Slovenia. The objectives of the Matura, the number of subjects taken in the Matura, both compulsory and optional subjects and the manner and forms of assessment etc are determined by the Matura Syllabus prepared each year by the NCM and endorsed by the afore-mentioned Council of Experts.

Candidates have to be informed about the scope, content, responsibilities and requirements for taking the Matura not later than two years in advance (before they enrol in Year 3). Subsequent changes are possible (and allowed) only when they do not concern the scope, content, responsibilities or requirements for taking the Matura, or if they put candidates in a more favourable position.

Preparation of Examination Materials
Examination materials are prepared by STCMs in accordance with subject syllabi. Materials are edited and formatted at the Centre; for candidates from the Italian and Hungarian ethnic minorities, materials are translated into Italian and Hungarian and certain adaptations are made (in Geography and History). The Centre also arranges for the adequate adaptations of test papers for candidates with special needs. A set of test papers for any individual session of the Matura is determined by a NCM ballot. For detailed information on the structure of exams for individual subjects, click here.

Protection of the Secrecy of the Exam and Logistics
All procedures for the preparation, printing and distribution of examination materials to schools, as well as assessment, are designed with a view to providing secrecy of examination materials as well as anonymity of all candidates and external markers. The careful recording and coding of examination materials prior to sending them to schools, provides traceability of examination materials when returning test papers to the Centre and during external assessment procedures.

Exams and Assessment
The Matura is an exam where external assessment of written tests is complemented by some forms of internal assessment.

Internal assessment comprises oral exams, laboratory work, coursework or research tasks, as well as other task types. Questions for oral exams are prepared by STCMs. The rules for internal assessment carried out by teachers and mentors at schools are the same for all candidates and are also prepared by STCMs.

Stage performances are performed by candidates in front of a three-member committee of external markers appointed by the Centre in accordance with clearly defined assessment criteria determined by STCMs for Music and Contemporary Dance.

A written part of each exam is prepared and assessed externally. Tasks, items and a marking scheme are prepared by members of the STCM for individual subjects, while candidates' anonymous tests are assessed by specially trained external markers in accordance with assessment criteria that are prepared in advance and are the same for all candidates. Prior to assessment, the STCMs carry out a moderation of the marking scheme on a random sample of current scripts. The objective of this moderation is to make sure the marking scheme includes answers the test makers had not included but are nevertheless correct.

Written parts of each exam are marked by an external marker, and in some cases, two – this is called control marking. Essays are always marked by two external markers; in this case, each candidate is awarded an average mark. When the marks of the two markers differ by more than one fifth of the highest possible score, the written test is assessed by a third marker; in this case, their mark is final.

External assessment is run by chief examiners; they are all STCM members. In subjects with a large number of candidates and markers, they are assisted by assistants. External markers assess according to moderated marking schemes prepared for individual exam sessions by each STCM after having examined samples of actual test papers.

Gathering Data, Conversion of Points into Grades and Informing Candidates
External markers write candidates' marks on special marking sheets, which allow for optical mark reading and data processing. The IT Department and Research and Development Unit then prepare a number of statistical analyses of candidates' achievements on the basis of which STCMs prepare a proposal for the conversion of marks into grades (i.e. how many percentage points are required in any individual subject for each grade). This must be approved by the NCM. Criteria defined for the Spring Session are valid also for the following session. On the day when the results are made public (determined by the Schedule of Activities for the Matura), candidates can access the Centre website in the morning using their code. Later the same day they receive their Matura reports at their schools. The Centre sends data on candidates' achievement to Higher Education Application-Information Service.