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A levels - the Italian equivalent - Esame di maturita


Thousands of Italian students are about to take their final high school graduation exam, “Esame di maturità”. This important examination is taken at the end of 5 years of high school, usually at the age of 18 or 19.

Admitted to the State Examinations are only students who, at the final vote, have achieved a score of at least 6 out of 10 in all subjects, including conduct.

The current exam based on the allocation of points and with a different structure from previously, began with the school year 2008/2009.

After being admitted to the exam, students have to pass 3 written tests and an oral exam.

The first written task is designed to assess the student’s command of the Italian written language, i.e. their ability to express their ideas or their general knowledge in a clear and consistent way. Students can choose from three types of compositions: 1) analysis of a literary text, 2) an article or an essay written using material provided on the spot, 3) a literary composition on a given (historical, literary of general) subject.

The subject of the second task is different for every type of school and is chosen every year. This year the Minister of Education selected:

Classic: Latin

Science: Mathematics

Language: Foreign Language

Pedagogical pedagogy

Artistic geometric design, perspective and architecture

Accounting: Business Administration

Surveyor: building technology

Hotels: food and nutrition professional institute for hotel services and catering

The third task is a quiz covering all the subjects studied during the last year, a part from the ones assessed in the second task.

The oral exam covers all disciplines and follows, usually an essay prepared on a topic chosen by the student.

Commissions consist of half external commissioners and half teachers of the class tested and it is presided over by an external president. The maximum number of commissioners is 6, except for some fields of study to which are assigned 4. The subject assigned to external members, as well as, the subject of the second written test, is selected by the Ministry of Education. Credit points are distributed as follows:

Written tests give a maximum of 45 points (15 for each test). Sufficiency is achieved with a minimum of 10 points.

The oral test varies from a maximum of 30 points to a minimum of 22 points. The system of credits is based on the entire school career of the pupils.

School credit points are awarded on the basis of the average of the votes of the final scrutiny of the classes over the last three years; other credits are provided by activities outside the school, properly certified and consistent with the school career.  

Giulia Lombardo

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