Matriculation Examination Board

The Matriculation Examination Board is an agency operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture. The agency is responsible for administering the Finnish matriculation examination, its arrangements and execution. The Matriculation Examination Board is appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture for a three-year term at a time. The board is responsible for the content, development and assessment of matriculation examinations. Currently the board has 38 members. In addition to this, the board has the right to appoint assistant members to assist in the assessment and preparation of matriculation examinations. Currently the number of assistant members who take part in the assessment work is approximately 350. Both members and assistant members serve on a part-time basis.

The organisation and technical execution of the matriculation examination as well as administration and communication with upper secondary schools is handled by the board’s secretariat. The secretariat consists of some 30 civil service employees, some of whom have been employed specifically to develop the electronic matriculation examination.

The purpose of the matriculation examination is to determine whether candidates have assimilated the knowledge and skills required by the National Core Curriculum for General Upper Secondary Education and whether they have reached an adequate level of maturity in line with upper secondary school education. Passing the matriculation examination allows the candidate to continue his or her studies at university. The matriculation examination is held biannually. Each year, some 30,000 candidates are granted the Matriculation Examination Certificate, while the number of individual tests taken is approximately 200,000.

The matriculation examination is a central part of the Finnish education system. Work at the Matriculation Examination Board requires precision and responsibility. In addition to this, the execution and assessment of the examinations requires adherence to a strict schedule. The development of the examination requires both the members of the Matriculation Examination Board and the staff of the secretariat to undergo continuous training. The Board members and civil service employees themselves also provide training related to the matriculation examination.

The matriculation examination is constantly and purposefully developed in parallel with the National Core Curriculum for General Upper Secondary Education. Currently the main focus of these development efforts is on the gradual transfer of the examination to electronic format, improving the comparability of grades, and the restructuring of the mother tongue and mathematics tests.

The matriculation examination is constantly subject to a great deal of public interest. We actively communicate with the public through our website and social media, and produce statistics related to the matriculation examination for the use of, for example, researchers. Our interest groups include upper secondary schools, education organisers, researchers, various organisations and the media.

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Maarit Elomaa works as registrar at The Matriculation Examination Board.
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Anna Hatva-Jokinen works as examination secretary at the Matriculation Examination Board’s secretariat.
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Tomi Laaksonen works as senior attendant at the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board.
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Markku Rytkönen works as examination secretary at the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board.
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Matti Lattu works as project manager of the matriculation examination digitalisation project in the Matriculation Examination Board.
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Published 2014-10-17 at 12:56, updated 2014-12-11 at 15:08

The Matriculation Examination Board

Good to know about us

The Matriculation Examination Board is an agency operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture. The agency is responsible for administering the Finnish matriculation examination, its arrangements and execution.

Contact information

The Matriculation Examination Board’s office is located in Kalasatama, Helsinki. 

Suvilahdenkatu 10 B 
00580 Helsinki

Telefone: 0295 338 200

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