Maturiteetti eli kypsyysnäyte

Practical advice for writing your maturity exam

1. You have 3.5–4 hours to complete the exam.

2. Write on one topic only.

3. The length of your answer should be about 700 (560-840) words. Written by hand on each line, this equals about one exam paper (i.e. four pages). If the text is considerably shorter than this, the exam is graded as a fail, even if the text were otherwise almost faultless.

4. The essay must have a main heading. You can create an appropriate heading if it is not specified in the assignment (e.g. if you are asked to describe, tell or evaluate something). No subheadings (e.g. Introduction, Theoretical Background, Discussion) are usually needed in a short text like this.

5. The maturity exam consists of an essay-type composition, that is, a reflective expert text. This means that it is not an exam answer, opinion text or humour piece. It is also not a description or report of a research process / written thesis / research plan, for example.

6. Assume that your audience is familiar with the mindset and general terminology of your field but not with the topic in question. The general terminology of your discipline need not be explained.

7. The maturity essay is expected to be a coherent, logical, independent entity. The reader must be able to understand it as such, without having read your thesis.

8. Because the maturity exam is an essay-type paper, it cannot consist principally of lists, figures, formulas, etc.

9. It is usually helpful to draft an outline for the essay first.

10. Please write in clear handwriting – it makes evaluation quicker and easier. To separate the paragraphs clearly, either leave a blank line between each paragraph or begin the paragraphs by indenting the first line. Make a clear distinction between upper- and lowercase letters, and separate words clearly from each other. You need not rewrite a final version of the essay, but it is recommended because it allows you to check and edit your text. It is not necessary to use a ballpoint pen.

11. Students' special needs are considered in maturity exam arrangements. An examinee with, for example, dyslexia can be provided with extra time. The extra time cannot be arranged in the e-maturity exam.  If you need special arrangements for completing the maturity exam, please contact your department or subject staff in advance.

12. The fact that Finnish/English is not your native language is taken into account in assessing the language of your maturity exam. Your linguistic performance is expected to be at the same level as that of native speakers, but it will be considered that your linguistic weaknesses can differ from those of native writers.




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