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What is Abitti's digital test environment?
Abitti is a system developed by the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board for the national matriculation examination in Finland. It consists of operating systems, an online service, and related documentation. The purpose of Abitti is to allow the Board to test the examination system and provide students and schools with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with it.
In the Abitti system, exam questions are created by the exam creator and stored on a USB drive. The exam organizer prepares the exam room using servers and a network. Students then start their computers from the USB drives to begin the exam. Abitti also enables the exam creator to evaluate the exam answers, with the results sent to the participants via email.
During a digital matriculation exam, students take the exam in a supervised room at their own school. They need to bring a laptop that meets the board's requirements, along with necessary accessories. The student's own operating system and hard drive remain unchanged, while their answers are automatically saved on the exam room server and a backup server.
The exam invigilator initiates the exam, and students can start their chosen exam at the specified time. Students can use additional devices if desired, and their computer network traffic may require USB-connected adapters.
Schools are responsible for providing students with practice opportunities for using the Abitti system.
Overall, Abitti is a comprehensive system that allows the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board to test the examination system, enables students to take the matriculation exam digitally, and provides schools with the necessary tools to administer the exams successfully.
How does the grading system work in the Finnish Matriculation Examination?
The grading system in the Finnish Matriculation Examination ensures fairness and comparability by using a standardized approach. The Board's censors assess each candidate's test according to predetermined criteria. Starting from 2014, score limits are determined based on the average of standardized total scores, improving comparability across different subjects and tests. This method takes into account the distribution of participants over two successive examination periods. The aim is to have properly comparable examinations and grades, allowing the reliable and fair use of Matriculation Examination grades for university admissions and other higher education institutions.
Read more in Assessment of the Examination.
How to validate a Matriculation Examination Certificate?
Validating of a Certificate of the Matriculation can be done in the Digital and Population Data Services agency's web service. Read the instructions for validation here.
How will candidates receive their Matriculation Examination Certificates?
Candidates will receive their Matriculation Examination Certificates at the end of the examination period after passing all four compulsory tests. From June 2023, the certificates will be available in digital format (pdf-file) in addition to the paper certificate. Digital certificates are validated by a digital signature by the Matriculation Examination Board.
More about the certificates here.