Applying for Swiss Gymnasium

Applying for Swiss Gymnasium

Applying for Swiss Gymnasium

Did your child come home with an excellent school report (Zeugnis) and the teacher thinks that your child should
give the exam a try? Below are the next steps.

How to apply for Gymnasium entry

The deadline for registration to the entrance exam is the February, 10 (see all the dates below). You can also enter your registration online via your PIN code. PIN codes must be purchased at the school (ask the school administration for one if you didn’t get yours during the orientation session. If you apply online, you must send a duplicate report card (Zeugnis) by mail! (signed by the teacher). Most schools also ask for proof of age and some require other documents, so be sure to check with the school!

While you can apply for a Gymnasium of your choice, there is no guarantee that your child will get into the chosen school! Some of the more popular Gymnasiums might get over-subscribed and children will have to be re-allocated to other schools. 

After registration, your child will receive a letter with the provisional allocation to one of the three Gymnasium schools and an invitation to sit the entrance exam at that school. The entrance exam is held in mid-March (see below for the different types of high school). 

Registration deadlines

Gymnasium November 15, 2018 – February 10, 2019

Art + Sports November 15, 2018 – January 15, 2019

Informatics Middle School (IMS) 1st – 30th September 2018 (for the school year 2019/20) 

Examination dates

  • Langgymnasium and K + S Langgymnasium (6 year gymnasium and arts and sports 6-year gymnasium), Tues., March 12
  • Kurzgymnasien and Handelsmittelschulen (4-year gymnasium and specialised high school, HMS) March, 12 and 13
  • K + S-Kurzgymnasium, Fachmittelschule (Arts and Sports 4-year Gymnasium and specialised high school (FMS) March 12 and 13
  • Computer science middle school (IMS) 29/30. October (previous year)

The exam

The exam is divided in three parts and the duration varies according to the different types of high school:

Entrance exam Langgymnasium

Written exam only in

  • German: Text comprehension and grammar
    (45 min)
  • German: Essay (60 min)
  • Mathematics: (60 min)

Entrance exam Kurzgymnasium, HMS, FMS

Written exam

  • German: Text comprehension and grammar
    (45 min)
  • German: Essay (90 min.)
  • French: Listening comprehension, grammar, reading comprehension and writing (60 min) Mathematica: Arithmetics, algebra und geometry (90 min)
  • Oral exam German, French and Maths (15 min respectively) only if your child scores above a 3.75 and below a 4.

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