On Tuesday (May 17, 2022) in Baden-Württemberg, this year’s written final exams for secondary school, secondary school and secondary school will begin with the subject German. About 44,000 students take part in the
Realschule final exam part, which is taken at Realschulen and community schools as well as at special education and counseling centers (SBBZ) with the Realschule course, at Waldorf schools and at night schools. Around 6,000 examinees stand in front of her Werkrealschule final exam. This is taken at secondary schools and at SBBZ with the secondary school course. And around 23,000 students are starting theirs
Secondary School Leaving Examination at Hauptschule, Werkrealschule, Realschule and community schools as well as at SBBZ with the Werkrealschule course.
“Preparing for the exam, which usually begins in the school year before the exam, was not easy. We have therefore adjusted the framework conditions for the exams, but have not made any compromises in terms of the requirements. The students can therefore approach the final exams with confidence,” says Minister of Education Theresa Schopper. She adds: “I wish all candidates for the Hauptschule, the Werkrealschule and the Realschule degrees every success in 2022!” The Minister also sent these wishes to the students by letter via the schools.
Adjustments to the framework conditions
For all final exams, the teachers have additional exam tasks available for pre-selection, so that a good match between the lessons and the exam can be ensured. Wherever a student choice of tasks is provided, this will also be fully retained in 2022. In addition, the examinees have more processing time for their tasks: from a processing time of 180 minutes there is an additional 30 minutes, below that there is an additional 15 minutes. The teachers should also take the challenging situation for the students in recent years into account when correcting.
“I would like to express my respect and thanks to all the teachers and the school management for the work over the past few years and the preparation of the students for the exams. I am aware that the past few years have not been easy,” says Minister Schopper and adds: “I would also like to thank all the principals and teachers for the last act, the preparation and organization of the final exams.”
Examination regulations and examination subjects
In this school year, the secondary school leaving examination and the secondary school leaving examination will be carried out for the second time according to the new examination regulations. The basis for the work in the schools and for the respective final examinations are the standards of the joint education plan 2016 for secondary level I. The new examination regulations have been in effect for the secondary school leaving examination since 2020, which is why the examination this year is the third time that the new examination regulations have been used is carried out.
The subjects German, mathematics and English are mandatory components of the secondary school leaving examination, for the secondary school leaving examination the subjects German, mathematics, the compulsory foreign language – usually English – and the compulsory elective area are compulsory. However, there are uniform dates for all final exams. After the German exam on May 17th, the subject mathematics follows on May 19th. The written exam in the compulsory foreign language English will take place on May 24th, the compulsory foreign language French (only Realschule final exam) will be examined on May 25th. The last written exam in the elective subject takes place on May 31st. The chosen compulsory elective is either the subject of everyday culture, nutrition, social affairs (AES) or the subject of technology. In the Realschule final exam, the exam can also be taken in the second foreign language, which is usually French.
Tasks in the final exams
Die Final exam in German on May 17 consists of two compulsory parts and one optional part. The basis for the compulsory part is a factual text, for which tasks on text comprehension, grammar, orthography, punctuation, syntax, morphology and semantics have to be worked on. On the other hand, the full text “Herzsteine” by Hanna Jansen or, alternatively, “Clothes Make People” by Gottfried Keller are compulsory reading this school year. In addition to tasks on understanding the text, the students deal productively with the full text. The optional part is an essay, in which the students choose one of three tasks and prepare either a text description of poetry, a text description of prose or a text-based discussion.
In mathematics exists the written exam consists of two compulsory parts and one optional part. The tasks of the first compulsory part are to be solved without any aids (scientific pocket calculator and formulary). The exam in the compulsory foreign language takes place in either English or French. It includes text-oriented tasks, context-related tasks on vocabulary and grammatical structures, tasks on topic-related language production and tasks on the application of acquired work techniques and methodical skills. There is also a “listening comprehension” part that makes up the first 30 minutes of the exam. The result of the communication test, which was already taken in March, is also included in the test performance.
The exam in the Compulsory subjects takes place on May 31st. In the subjects of everyday culture, nutrition, social affairs (AES) and technology, there are several compulsory parts and one optional part. In both subjects, thematic priorities were set at the beginning of the school year via the implementation regulations. The structure of the written examination in the compulsory optional subject French (only Realschule final examination) is based on that of the compulsory foreign language. The optional oral exams in the subjects German and Mathematics for the Hauptschule final exam, the Werkrealschule final exam and the Realschule final exam take place between July 4th and 12th.
The secondary school-leaving examination takes place at a total of around 396 public and 69 private secondary schools, 25 evening secondary schools, seven public and twelve private special education and counseling centers with secondary school education, and 288 public and eleven private community schools in the state.
The vocational school leaving examination at the end of grade ten takes place at a total of 179 public and 30 private vocational schools as well as at five public and 45 private SBBZs with vocational training courses.
The secondary school leaving examination is held at 230 public and 38 private secondary and secondary schools, at 21 public and 86 private special education and counseling centers with secondary school training, at 301 public and 12 private community schools and at 396 public and 70 private secondary schools.
Further information on the final exams and the dates can be found at https://km-bw.de/,Lde/startseite/schule/Termine-HS-WRS-Abschlusspruefungen and https://km-bw.de/,Lde/startseite /school/exam dates.