19. may 2017 at 15:28 | Attic Monster |  Czech republic
So I was thinking what could be an interesting topic for today's article. And yes. I thought about graduation.

I got the idea to write about it because it's kinda a hot topic lately. Everyone in Czechia is graduating and I realized not everywhere it is the same.

Maybe I should first explain how the school system works here. Long story short. We go to primary school when we are 6 years old. The primary education is 9 years in total but you don't have to spend the whole time at primary school. You can sign up for a ''high school" (it's called a Gymnasium) when you are in 5th, 7th or 9th grade. Gymnasiums from 5th grade are 8 years, from 7th it's 6 and 9th it's 4.
From 9th grade you can also go to a real high school. They have some kind of specialization. That means when you finish the school you are already something (you have experience in your branch). On the other hand after ending a Gymnasium you are kinda nothing. You are expected to go to a University.

I personally go to a Gymnasium so I will talk about graduation there. But to be honest the Gymnasist and High school graduation doesn't vary much.

What do we have to graduate from?
Basically we have to graduate at least from 4 subjects (it can differ but minimum is 4 for everyone). We have two kinds of graduation. One is called the ''state'' graduation the other ''school'' graduation.
State graduation is from Czech language and math/foreign language (you can choose) and it means the whole Czech republic, every single school, has the same exams.
School graduation means the school makes the tests by themselves. You can graduate from whatever you want to graduate except things you already graduated from.

Czech has 3 parts. Writting part (you get a topic and you write an essay), didactic test (grammar) and oral exams.
Writting and didactic are both a surprise for everyone till the day you enter the exam room.
Yet the oral exams are pretty clear. You have to read 20 different books that you pick from a list of books that your school gives you. From every part that's on the list you have to pick a certain amount of books. After you read them, you hand in a list of your 20 books you chose to graduate from.
When your oral exam comes you go in the room where are 5 teachers (2 that test you - your Czech language teacher and another one that also teaches this subject; your class teacher; one random teacher that just has to be there and one from a different school), you go and randomly pull out a number and under thar number is one book from the 20 you picked. You are given a work sheet with a text from the book and questions. You have 15 minutes to write down everything you need and then you are questioned.
They will ask you about the composition of the book, how it's written etc., the author, who are the main characters and what kind of people they are. They also want to know in what section was the part of text you had in your work sheet from. You are questioned for 15 minutes.

State foreign language
Let's take English like an example. You first do exams if you are able to graduate. If you pass them you write an essay (200-250 words) about the topic you are given. Then you have an oral exam. You randomly pull out a number and there is one topic you have to talk about 5 minutes.

Other subjects
Other subjects are made up only from oral exams. You pick a number and you are questioned for 15 minutes as usual.

What if I fail?
If you fail any part of graduation you have to do the whole graduation in September again. That means if you mess up oral's in Czech but the rest you passed very good, you still have to do the whole thing again (writting, didactic and oral).
If you somehow mess up again, you have to repeat the whole year and try again. Graduating for the 3rd time is your last chance.

Successful graduation?
Congatulations then! Now you ended High School/Gymnasium and University is waiting for you!

I hope you found out something interesting here and that now you know how graduating in Czech republic works! I personally graduate next year so there will sure be one more article on this topic for sure.

Have a great day.

Attic Monster xx


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