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Exam Sessions
Each year, the Matura is held in two exam sessions, the Spring one (May–June) and the Autumn one (August–September). In March, students from Year 4 sit for the trial exam where they become acquainted with the technical side of the administration of the Matura and can assess their level of knowledge in individual subjects. The dates for individual written exams, publication of results etc are determined by the Schedule of Activities for the Matura.


Compulsory and Optional Parts
Candidates sit the Matura in 5 subjects.
Subjects of the 'core' or compulsory part:

  • Slovene (or, in ethnically mixed areas, Hungarian or Italian respectively);
  • Mathematics;
  • a modern foreign language (English, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish).


Optional subjects:
Ancient Greek, Art History, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Contemporary Dance, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Hungarian as a Second Language, Information Technology, Italian, Italian as a Second Language, Latin, Materials, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Russian, Slovene as a Second Language, Sociology, Spanish, Theory and History of Drama and the Theatre, Theory of Art.

In the optional part it is possible to take only one subject from any one of the groups of subjects below:

  • any modern foreign language, a second language in ethnically mixed areas, Ancient Greek, Latin;
  • Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology;
  • Art History, History;
  • Contemporary Dance, Music, Theory and History of Drama and the Theatre;
  • Biotechnology, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Information Technology, Materials.



Basic and Higher Levels
Ancient Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Russian and Spanish can be taken either at Basic or Higher Levels of Achievement. Each candidate can take no more than two subjects at Higher Level.


Test samples

English - basic level
Paper 1 BL
Paper 2 BL and HL
Recording (mp3) BL and HL
Paper 3 BL
Marking scheme BL and HL

English - higher level
Paper 1 HL
Paper 2 BL and HL
Recording (mp3) BL and HL
Paper 3 HL
Marking scheme BL and HL


Grading
Achievement in written and oral parts of the exam, stage performance, laboratory work, coursework and other forms of examination is expressed in points and in the proportions as defined by the subject syllabi and marking schemes. The final score in each Matura exam is the combined sum of points achieved by a candidate in individual parts of the exam. The highest score in any individual subject is a hundred percent (100%).

On each STCM's proposal, the NCM determines the criteria for the conversion of points into grades (i.e. how many percentage points are required in any individual subject for each grade). These criteria are the same in both the Spring and Autumn Sessions.

Achievement in the Matura is expressed by the classic five-grade scale comprising grades Insufficient (1), Sufficient (2), Good (3), Very Good (4) and Excellent (5). Candidates pass the exam in each subject if they get at least Grade 2.


Additional points for exams at Advanced Level of Achievement and Slovene (Hungarian/Italian) as the Mother Tongue

The grading scale for exams at Advanced Level of Achievement and for Slovene (Hungarian/Italian) as the Mother Tongue is adequately adapted so that candidates get a grade expressed in points (GEP) from 1 to 8 as well. They get:

  • GEP 1 for the entire interval of Grade 1 (Insufficient),
  • GEP 2 for the entire interval of Grade 2 (Sufficient),
  • GEP 3 for the lower part of the interval of Grade 3 (Good),
  • GEP 4 for the upper part of the interval of Grade 3 (Good),
  • GEP 5 for the lower part of the interval of Grade 4 (Very Good),
  • GEP 6 for the upper part of the interval of Grade 4 (Very Good),
  • GEP 7 for the lower part of the interval of Grade 5 (Excellent),
  • GEP 8 for the upper part of the interval of Grade 5 (Excellent).

 

General Achievement in the Matura

Candidates pass the Matura if they get a positive grade in all Matura exams.

Candidates get Grade 2 in any of the subjects of the compulsory part of the Matura if they achieve:

  • at least 80% of marks required for Grade 2 in the subject in question at Basic Level;
  • a positive grade in all other subjects, and at least two of these must be at least Grade 3.

Candidates get Grade 2 in any of the subjects of the optional part of the Matura if they achieve:

  • at least 80% of marks required for Grade 2 in the subject in question at Basic Level;
  • a positive grade in all other subjects, and at least one of these must be at least Grade 3.

General achievement is expressed in points and represents the sum of achieved grades in all subjects of the Matura (up to 34 points if two subjects are taken at Higher Level).

Candidates pass the Matura with outstanding achievement, summa cum laude, if they reach or exceed the number of points determined by the NCM for any individual school year. To date, the so-called 'Golden Matura Candidates' have had to achieve at least 30 points.


Protection of Candidates' Rights – Inspection and Appeal

In the three days following the publication of results, any candidate may request that the Centre grant them a free inspection of their own test papers in one or more subjects. A few days after having received a candidate's request for inspection, the Centre informs the candidate of the date and time of the inspection. The candidate can be accompanied by one person who, however, must not be a STCM member or an external marker in the subject or session in question.

 No later than one day following the inspection, candidates may file a detailed appeal relating either:

  • to any of the grades they received (if they think their tests were not marked in accordance with the valid marking scheme), or
  • to how any of the grade was arrived at (if they want to verify if all marks were correctly added up, if all data was properly transferred to the computer database etc).

A candidate must attach to the appeal a receipt showing that administrative fees have been paid which, if the appeal is upheld, are reimbursed to the candidate.

 Appeals are decided on by the NCM not later than 60 days after having received the request. The decision of the NCM is final.
 

Resitting of Exams and Improving Grades

Candidates who pass the Matura but wish to improve their grade in one or more subjects are entitled to a single resitting of the exam up to two years after their first sitting of the Matura. When doing so, they can change the level of achievement. The better of the two grades is awarded.

Candidates fail the Matura if they fail in one or more subjects. Those with at least three positive grades are entitled to resit negative exams up to two years after their first sitting of the Matura. When doing so, they can change their level of achievement.

 


 

 

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