Examinations and qualifications

Schüler/-innen in Prüfungssituation

All students should finish their school career successfully with the best possible qualification. The first qualifications are awarded after year 9 and 10. Those who continue can take the Abitur after 12 or 13 years.

General qualifications can also be obtained at vocational schools. If students do not achieve the qualification they are aiming for on their first attempt, they can obtain it in the second-chance education programme.

Examination dates at general and vocational schools

  • Exams in 2022
    for the Abitur, the school leaving qualifications after grades 9 and 10 and the qualifications of the vocational schools
Schüler/-innen lächeln in die Kamera


With the Abitur, all options are open to you - from starting a course of studies, a dual course of study or a demanding professional training. Abitur

Schüler bei Abschlussprüfung

Qualifications from the ISS after grades 9 and 10

The school leaving qualification at the end of the 10th grade is a milestone for many students towards the Abitur or an entry into vocational training. The possible qualifications at this point in time are the intermediate school qualification (MSA) and the advanced vocational qualification (EBBR). Qualifications from the ISS after grades 9 and 10

Lernen in der Volkshochschule

Second-chance education

Second-chance education offers everyone who wishes to continue their education a wide range of options to catch up on a school leaving qualification or to obtain a higher-level qualification. Second-chance education

Lachende Jugendliche

Recognition of school qualifications

Our certificate recognition office evaluates your domestic or foreign educational certificates. It is also responsible for determining an equivalence with vocational qualifications acquired in school. Recognition of school qualifications