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Matriculation examination

At the end of your general upper secondary education, you take the matriculation examination, which is the term used for the national school-leaving examination in Finland. It is a maturity test taken in Finnish or Swedish to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learned during your general upper secondary studies.
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The matriculation examination consists of at least four tests in different subjects, of which mother tongue (Finnish, Swedish or Sami language) is compulsory for all students. Additionally, you must choose three other compulsory tests from the following four options:  

  • second national language (Finnish or Swedish) 
  • one foreign language 
  • mathematics 
  • one subject in the field of humanities and natural sciences.  

If you wish, you can take one or more additional tests. 

Matriculation examination changed in spring 2022 

Starting from spring 2022, the matriculation examination will consist of at least five tests. This change applies to you if you registered to take your first matriculation examination test in or after spring 2022. You are required to take the test in mother tongue and literature (Finnish, Swedish or Sami language). To complete your examination, you must also take at least four other tests in different subjects, selected from at least three of the following groups:  

  • mathematics 
  • second national language (Finnish or Swedish) 
  • foreign language 
  • a subject in the field of humanities and natural sciences.  

 The matriculation examination is held twice a year, in spring and autumn, at the same time at all general upper secondary schools.