Matriculation examination

The Matriculation Examination is held biannually, in spring and in autumn, in all Finnish upper secondary schools, at the same time. A candidate must complete the examination during not more than three consecutive examination periods. The examination can also be completed in one examination period. The examination consists of at least four tests; one of them Finnish äidinkieli or Suomi toisena kielenä is compulsory. The candidate then chooses three other compulsory tests from among the following four tests: the test in the second national language (Swedish), a foreign language test (usually English), the mathematics test, and one test in the Reaali which is general studies battery of tests (sciences and humanities). As part of his or her examination, the candidate may additionally include one or more optional tests.

Matriculation examination is completed when student passes the 4 compulsory examinations and has completed the school leaving certificate.

Registration to matriculation examinations happens about 4 months earlier. Registration starts always with the compulsory YO-YLEISINFO (see the school calendar for the exact dates). After the info registration is completed in a meeting with the student counsellor.

In Eira High School student is only allowed to register for the matriculation examinations when he/she has completed the ABISTATUS. This means that by the moment of registration student must have completed (with the grade 5 or above):

  •   30 courses out of 44
  •   äidinkieli/suomi toisena kielenä courses 1–3
  •   A-language courses 1–4
  •   B2 Swedish courses 1–3
  •   higher level mathematics courses 1–7
  •   standard level mathematics courses 1–3
  •   at least 6 courses of reaali

(You’ll find more detailed information on Matriculation examinations from the opinto-opas page 34-47.)

CIE exams

We offer IGCSE level Cambridge International Examinations in English:

Students can complete one or several AS level or A2 level exams.

“Cambridge IGCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose first language is English. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.” (

We offer AS and A2 Exams in a range of subjects:

“Cambridge International AS & A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  •   In-depth subject content
  •   Independent thinking
  •   Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  •   Handling and evaluating different types of information source
  •   Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
  •   Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
  •   Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them  logically and clearly
  •   Working and communicating in English" (

A-level is a combination of AS and A2 examination. They can be taken in one session or divided in two separate sessions within one year. The AS results are part of the final A-level examination. See further information on

CIE examinations are organized twice a year: on 2nd period and on 5th period. Registration to CIE examinations happens about 4 months earlier. Registration starts always with the compulsory CIE info (see the school calendar for the exact dates).

After the info registration is completed in three stages:

  1. students inform the subject teacher that they want to take the AS/A2 exam
  2. students register in Wilma (and the teachers approve the registration)
  3. students complete the final registration in meeting with the student counsellor

Students will receive the bill when registering with the student counsellor. One exam costs is about 90 euros.The exact exam fees are published on CIE guide on Eira High School Websites.

There are four requirements to meet in order to get registered for CIE examinations:

  1. AS/A2 level courses: Students must complete all the courses in the subjects that they intend to take for AS/A2 level. However, if uncompleted courses are scheduled for periods leading up to the exam, the teacher can permit registration. In this case candidate must agree to take the courses. Failure to complete the courses could lead to disqualification.

  2. Grade point average: In order to get registered, grade criteria of an average grade 7(+) must be met in the subject.

  3. Overall progress in studies towards the school leaving certificate. Student must have a reasonable plan on how to complete the school leaving certificate and they must progress according to the plan.

  4. Finnish language: Student must have completed the S21 course with a passing grade.

Courses leading towards CIE examination:






ENA20, ENA21, ENA22, ENA23, ENA24

ENA25 and ENA26

ENA27, ENA28 and ENA29



HI20, HI21, HI22, HI23




PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5 and PS20

PS21, PS22, PS23, PS24



BI20, BI21, BI22, BI22, BI23


Thinking Skills


THS20, THS21, THS22




KE20, KE21, KE22, KE23 KE24