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2. MATURITA Exam 2018

2.1   MATURITA EXAM TIMETABLE

In the 2017-2018 school year, only the Y4 students take the Maturita exam, this only being in the subject of Slovak Language and Literature.

The timetable for the external part as well as the written form of the internal part of the Maturita examination in Slovak Language and Literature

  • 13 March, 2018 — the external and the written form of the internal part of the Maturita exam in the subject of Slovak Language and Literature.
  • 31 Mach, 2018 — the deadline for the approval of the Maturita assignments for the Spoken part of the internal part of the Maturita exams, attached to which is the list of the teaching aids approved to be used during the Maturita exam.
  • 10-13 April, 2018 — Alternative date of the external part as well as the written form of the internal part of the Maturita, depending on the number of students registered for the alternative date of the examination. To be determined by the Regional Education Office.
  • 4-7 September, 2018 — Retake of the external part as well as the written form of the internal part of the Maturita for the 2017-2018 school year. The exact dates for the different subjects will be stipulated by NÚCEM based on the numbers of students signed up and it will be published by 1 August, 2018.

 

The timetable for the oral form of the internal part of the Maturita examination in Slovak Language and Literature

  • 31 May, 2018 — the oral part of the Maturita examination, to be taking place in the school library

Timetable and order of students:

8:00 AM – 8:40 AM — room preparation, administrative tasks
8:40 - 9:00 — 1st student preparing for the oral exam
09:00 – 09:20 - M.M.
09:25 – 09:45 - T.J.
09:50 – 10:10 - E.S.
10:15 – 10:35 - A.C.
10:40 – 11:00 - M.S.
11:05 – 11:25 - O.T
11:30 – 11:50 - S.M.
11:55 – 12:15 - S.CH.
12:20 – 12:40 - E.H
12:40 – 13:00 – lunch break
13:00 – 13:20 - E.A.
13:20 – 13:45 - J.M.

 

2.2   ORGANIZATION AND FORMS OF THE MATURITA EXAM IN THE SUBJECT OF SLOVAK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

The Maturita exam in the subject of Slovak Language and Literature consists of the external part, the written form of the internal part, and the oral form of the internal part.

The external part of the Maturita exam consists of a centrally developed, centrally administered, externally proctored, and externally assessed written exam — a 100-minute-long test. The test consists only of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions (40 multiple-choice tasks, 24 short-answer tasks).

The written form of the internal part — centrally prepared sets of four assignments, or textual prompts with stipulated genres. The student chooses and answers only one assignment. The time allocation is 150 minutes.

The student is to demonstrate a complex command of the standard language, a degree of creativity in written discourse, as well as overall education and refinement to the extent stipulated by the target requirements (outcomes) for the subject. The written exam is set and administered at the same time all over Slovakia, is proctored externally, and is assessed internally following centrally-issued assessment guidelines.

Written exam specification:

a) analysis and interpretation of an artistic or factual literary work — its content, compositional and stylistic analysis, argumentation, and evaluation,
b) writing a composition on a chosen topic, following the stipulated genre form,
c) comparing and contrasting two texts according to the task,
d) a stylistic and genre transformation of texts.

 

The oral form of the Maturita exam consists of an oral examination of the student in front of the Subject Maturita Committee, the student drawing one of the 30 approved Maturita assignments. The student has 20 minutes available for preparation and another 20 minutes for the oral answer proper.

Each Maturita assignment consists of two tasks and texts associated with these tasks. The first task covers Slovak language (morphology, syntax, lexicology, orthography, phraseology, phonetics and phonology). The second task covers literature (Literary Theory, Slovak and World Literature).

Maturita Assignments Specification:

Task 1 (Language-related task)

The purpose of the task is to demonstrate the preparedness of the student to communicate in the official language, the ability to interpret a text in terms of its language, compositional, and stylistic properties, as well as the understanding of the theoretical system of the Slovak language to the extent stipulated by the Catalogue of Target Requirements and the Educational Standard. At the same time, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to readily react to prompts, to provide arguments, and to critically evaluate text; a form of dialogue with the members of the Subject Maturita Committee is applied.

Task 2 (literature-based)

The task focuses on the ability to analyze, interpret, and aesthetically evaluate an artistic text while applying one’s knowledge of literary theory and literary history; a form of dialogue with the members of the Subject Maturita Committee is applied.

 

Representation of the different thematic areas in the Maturita Assignments (the scope):

·         Language-related tasks

  • Phonetics, phonology, and orthography,
  • Semantics and lexicology,
  • Morphology,
  • Syntax,
  • Composition,
  • Linguistics,
  • Language and speech,
  • Study skills,
  • Working with information,
  • Language refinement,
  • communication.

·         Literature-related tasks

  • General terms,
  • Literary periods and movements,
  • Types of literature,
  • Literary genres,
  • Structure of a literary work,
  • Diction of text,
  • Meter.

General aids:

  • Concise Dictionary of Slovak Language
  • Thesaurus of Slovak Language
  • Handbook of Slovak Orthography

 

2.3   ASSESSMENT OF MATURITA IN SLOVAK LANGUAGE

The external form as well as each part of the internal part of the Maturita exam are assessed separately, and each assessment is listed on the Maturita Report Card separately.

  • The external part is assessed using success rate percentages as well as using a percentile rounded to the nearest tenth. The guidelines for assessing the short-answer questions of the external part of the Maturita are developed centrally and are attached to the assignments.
  • The written form of the internal part is assessed using success rate percentages rounded to the nearest tenth. The guidelines for assessing these are developed centrally and are attached to the assignments.
  • The oral form of the internal part is assessed using a grading scale.
  • The subject Maturita committee assesses the quality of the content as well as the “language culture” — i.e. the grammatical and phonetical accuracy of the utterance,  the range of vocabulary, stylistic effectiveness, and the degree of fluency and readiness
  • Each Maturita assignment — i.e. the Language Arts as well as the Literature assignment — is assessed on a scale of 1 to 5.
  • The weights of the tasks are 1:1. A formula is used for calculating the final grade; “z” being the final grade after rounding, “z1” being the Task 1 grade, and “z2” being the Task 2 grade. The corresponding formula is stipulated for the particular classes by the subject committee based on the formulation of the Maturita assignments.
  • The overall assessment of the oral form of the internal part of the Maturita for a given subject is a number grade which is calculated as a weighted average of the grades for the individual tasks of the Maturita assignment. The weighted average expressed as a number grade is rounded to the nearest whole number, albeit 1.5 is rounded to 1, 2.5 to 2, 3.5 to 3, and 4.5 to 4; the decimal part of the number grade is rounded as follows: up to 0.50 it is rounded down to the nearest whole number, over 0.50 it is rounded up the nearest whole number.
  • The student may take part in the oral part of the internal part of the Maturita regardless of his/her result of the external part or the written form of the internal part  of the examination.

The student successfully completes the Maturita examination in the subject of Slovak Language and Literature if his/her assessment of the oral part of the internal part of the Maturita exam

  • is not worse than grade 3 (good) AND in the internal form of the internal part of the Maturita exam gains more than 25% of the total number of points OR receives more than 33% from the total number of points in the external part, OR
  • receives grade 4 (satisfactory) and receives more than 25% of the total number of points AND at the same time receives more than 33% of the total number of points in the external part.

The student successfully passes the Maturita exam provided he/she has passed all subject Maturita exams. If a student did not pass the Maturita in an elective course, this does not affect the overall result of the Maturita exam, nor is it recorded in the Maturita Exam grades transcript. The Maturita Exam grades transcript is issued to the student in Year 5 after having completed all subject exams.

 

2.4   IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE PROCESS OF THE ASSESSMENT OF THE MATURITA EXAMINATION

The student, his/her legal guardian or a person authorized by him/her, or a person to whom the minor has been given in foster care, a foster parent or a representative of an institution in which the child is located based on a court ruling to take the child in institutional care, (henceforth referred to as “applicant”) can request the school principal to gain access to his/her written exam and compare its assessment with the key as well as the assessment guidelines, no later than five days after they have received the exam results.

The applicant can, through the school principal, file written objections to the assessment of the Maturita exam:

  • with the State Schools Inspection against the assessment of the written form of the internal part of the Maturita exam, no later than eight days after they have received the exam results
  • with the State Schools Inspection against the assessment of the oral form of the internal part or the practical part of the vocational part of the Maturita exam, no later than eight days after they have received the exam results

Should there be a valid objection on the side of the applicant against the assessment of the Maturita exam:

  • In case of the written form of the internal part of the Maturita exam the State Schools Inspection can express a legally binding request to rectify the situation
  • In case of the oral form of the internal part of the Maturita or the practical part of the vocational part of the Maturita exam the State Schools Inspection can request the student be examined in front of a committee,
  • can express a legally binding request to rectify the situation or request the student be re-examined in front of a committee,

The re-examination takes place in front of the Subject Maturita Committee with the original committee members.