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Minister Reps’ address on the state examinations in Estonia in 2020

14. May 2020 - 9:41

Mailis Reps, the Minister of Education and Research of Estonia sent a letter to her international colleagues regarding the state examinations in Estonia in 2020.

Minister Reps informed that graduation from upper secondary school would not be conditional on the completion of final exams in Estonia in 2020. This means that upper secondary school graduation certificate (Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus) obtained in 2020 in Estonia gives access to higher education without the completion of state exams. On a regular basis, graduation from upper secondary school is conditional on the completion of three state examinations.

In 2020, students will be able to take two state exams on a voluntary basis: in Estonian or Estonian as a second language, and in mathematics. As an exception, state exam in English will not be held this year. However, students will be given the opportunity to take an internationally recognised language test in English as well in German, French or Russian. According to the laws of the Republic of Estonia, internationally recognised language test is equated to a foreign language state exam.

Minister Reps requested relevant authorites and higher education institions to give consideration to students who may not have their state examination results presented in a regular way to complete the processing of their admissions in relevant system.

Appendix of the letter enlists the language proficiency tests that Estonia currently recognises as proof of foreign language skills achieved at the end of upper secondary education. It is not possible to take a state exam in other languages.

The following internationally recognised foreign language examinations have been equated to the state exam in Estonia:

1)    Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary (PET) (English);

2)    Cambridge English: B2 First (FCE) (English);

3)    Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (CAE) (English);

4)    Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency (CPE) (English);

5)    The International English Language Testing System (IELTS);

6)    English test as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (English);

7)    Pearson Test of English General (PTE General);

8)    Diplôme approfondi en langue française (DALF C1) (French);

9)    Diplôme d' études en langue française B1 examination and Diplôme d' études en langue française B2 examination (French);

10) Level C1 of Goethe-Zertifika (German);

11) Goethe-Zertifika C2 level (German);

12) Goethe-Zertifikat B1 examination, Goethe-Zertifikat B2 examination (German);

13) TestDaF (TDN3) (German);

14) TestDaF (TDN4) (German);

15) TestDaF (TDN5) (German);

16) Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Zertifikat B1 (German);

17) Österreichisches Sprachdiplom B2 Mittelstufe Deutsch (German);

18) Österreichisches Sprachdiplom C1 Oberstufe Deutsch (German);

19) German Level I Language Diploma Exam B1 (German);

20) тест по русскому языку иностранному B1 exam and тест по русскому как иностранному B2 exam (Russian).


The letter can be found here or on the Document Registry of the Ministry.

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