State examinations

The final examinations of upper secondary school are the state examinations and a school examination of upper secondary school.

The students must pass:

  • state examination in Estonian or in Estonian as a second language;
  • state examination in mathematics;
  • state examination in a foreign language;
  • school examination of upper secondary school;
  • student research paper or practical work.

State examination in Estonian as a second language

The student who successfully passes the state examination in Estonian as a second language (at least 60% of the maximum result) will be issued a B2-level certificate of proficiency in Estonian.

State examination in mathematics

The student may choose between a narrow or an extensive version of the state examination in mathematics.

School examination of upper secondary school

The school examination is selected, prepared and organized by the school.

Student research paper or practical work

The instruction, compilation and assessment of student research paper or practical work is organized by the school.

State examination in a foreign language

The student has three options:

  • to take the state examination in the English language. This examination is prepared by Foundation Innove. The student who successfully passes the examination will be issued a certificate of language proficiency in English (level B1 or B2).
  • to take an internationally recognized French, German or Russian language examination at least at level B1. These examinations are mediated by Foundation Innove. The student who successfully passes the examination will be issued an internationally recognized certificate of language proficiency.
  • upon registration for the state examination to submit a certificate of an international English, French, German or Russian (as a foreign language) language examination at least at level B1. With this option, the examination is perfomed at the student’s own expense and must be recognised by the state.

According to the National Curriculum for Upper Secondary Schools, the independent language user level (B1 or B2) is the estimated language level of upper secondary school graduates.

The student informs the school management about his/her decision submits the certificates to the school management by January 20.

A student who gets at least one (1) point at the examination, but does not achieve the threshold level which would grant him/her a language level according to the specific examination, can graduate from the upper secondary school, but will not be issued the cerfificate of language proficiency.

A student passes the threshold level of the national examination in the English language when he/she achieves:

  • 50‒74 per cent of the maximum score, obtains language proficiency level B1,
  • 75‒100 per cent of the maximum score, obtains language proficiency level B2.

Foundation Innove makes the following information available for each student:

  • the student’s language proficiency level,
  • for the state examination in the English language, the percentages of the results presented by sub-skills.

If the student takes an international foreign language examination, his/her results will be assessed according to the assessment instructions developed by the testing institution that has prepared the respective examination. Assessment instructions can vary for different examinations.

Presentation of the results of international language examinations as language proficiency levels

If the student achieves the level required in the assessment instruction of the international examination, he/she will be issued an international certificate of language proficiency.

Foundation Innove makes the following information available for each student:

  • the student’s language proficiency level,
  • the results of the sub-skills of the student in the way they are presented on the international certificate or the supplement of the certificate.

The results of the foreign language examinations (English, French, German and Russian as a second language) of the years 1997—2013 shall be converted into the CEFR language proficiency levels as follows:

  • 1—50 points           below level B1;
  • 51—65 points         level B1;
  • 66—100 points       level B2.

 

English

  • Preliminary English Test (PET) B1-level;
  • First Certificate in English (FCE) B2-level;
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE);
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE);
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at least 4.0 points of the maximum result;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT at least 57 points of the maximum result;
  • Pearson Test of English General (PTE General)  at least Level 2.

French

  • DELF B1-level;
  • DELF B2-level;
  • DALF C1-level.

German

  • Goethe-Zertifikat  B1-level;
  • Goethe-Zertifikat  B2-level;
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C1-level;
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2-level;
  • TestDaF (TDN3);
  • TestDaF (TDN4);
  • TestDaF (TDN5);
  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Zertifikat B1;
  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom B2 Mittelstufe Deutsch;
  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom C1 Oberstufe Deutsch;
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom I B1-level;
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom II B2-level;
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom II C1-level;
  • Deutschprüfung der Allgemeinen deutschen Hochschulreife.

Russian

  • Тест по русскому языку как иностранному B1-level;
  • Тест по русскому языку как иностранному B2-level.

 

Last updated: 12 February 2016