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Maturity 2022, here we are. This week the expected and feared final exam for almost 540 thousand high school students takes off, which, after two years of the pandemic and Dad’s, returns to almost normalcy. Last hours then for the crazy and desperate review, then everyone back to class waiting to celebrate (hopefully) the promotion on vacation.

THE NUMBERS – Net of the ballots, 539,678 students are enrolled in the exams, of which 522,873 internal and 16,805 external. The breakdown of the 522,873 internal candidates is 92,828 professional institutes; Technical institutes 167,718; High schools 262.327. The examination committees (this year chaired by a President external to the school and made up of internal commissioners) will be 13,703, for a total of 27,319 classes involved.

THE FIRST WRITTEN TEST – The exam begins on Wednesday 22 June at 8.30, with the first written test of Italian (or of the different language in which the teaching takes place), prepared by the Ministry of Education, the same on a national basis. The first paper (duration 6 hours) foresees to choose between 7 tracks to be carried out according to three types of themes: Analysis of the text, argumentative text and current affairs topic.

THE SECOND WRITTEN TEST – Thursday 23 June from 8.30 the second written test takes place, different for each address, which will cover a discipline among those characterizing the course of study (Latin at the Liceo Classico, Mathematics at the Scientific). This year the test will be prepared by the individual institutes (ie by the internal teachers of the school), who will thus be able to take into account what is actually carried out by the children during the school year, also in consideration of the pandemic emergency.

The teachers of the fifth classes holding the subject of the second test of all the sub-commissions operating in the school collectively elaborate, by 22 June, three proposals for tracks, based on the information contained in the documents of the class council of all the classes involved; from among these proposals, on the day of the second written test, the outline that will be carried out in all the classes involved is drawn. In this way the test will adhere to the didactic activities actually carried out during the school year.

THE ORAL – The third test consists of an interview, which will take place from the week following the writings, according to a schedule established by the individual commissions. There is no term paper as in the pre-Covid period, but the oral exam will start from the analysis of a material proposed by the Commission and which will be used to start making the various interdisciplinary connections between the subjects. A specific moment is reserved for the presentation of what has been done during the PCTO experience (Pathways for transversal skills and orientation, the former school-work alternation), which may take place through a report or multimedia content such as a Power Point. Finally, during the interview, the candidate must demonstrate that they have acquired the skills and knowledge required in the field of civic education.

THE DISTANCE ORAL – In some cases (such as the Covid quarantine) students who cannot leave their home and the work of the commission and sub-commissions even remotely, via videoconference, are allowed to take the oral test (condition that must be documented).

VOTING – The mark is calculated in hundredths: the maximum mark remains 100, the minimum 60. The first written is worth up to 15 points, the second written up to 10, the oral up to 25 points; the other 50% comes from the school curriculum of the last three years. It is possible to assign up to 5 bonus points; those candidates who achieve the maximum score in both credit and tests can obtain honors.

THE “RECOMMENDED” MASK – Following the decisions of the Council of Ministers and the ordinance signed by the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, at the Maturity 2022 – and for the final examinations of the courses of the higher technical institutes – it will not be necessary to use respiratory protection devices: no obligation mask therefore, which is however recommended, in particular in some circumstances such as, for example, the impossibility of guaranteeing interpersonal distancing of at least one meter.

OTHER ANTI COVID MEASURES – During the oral exam, the presence of auditors will be allowed in a number that allows an interpersonal distance of at least one meter. Respecting the interpersonal distance of at least one meter is recommended, unless the structural-logistical conditions of the buildings do not allow it, and the prohibition of accessing school premises if positive for Covid or if there is respiratory symptoms and higher body temperature remains valid. at 37.5 °. As regards the sanitation and cleaning measures, sanitizing products will be made available in several points of the school building and, in particular, at the entrance to the premises where the exams will take place.

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