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Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

Good news for all who wonder if the would pass Zürich's Gymi entry test, past tests are now available online.

Perhaps give it a try yourself.

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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

Here the correct link:
https://www.zentraleaufnahmepruefung...uefungsarchiv/


But "now"? Has been available online since the dawn of time.
Interesting would be the 2019 tests.
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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

Ok, so Urs shouldn't go for the Informatikmittelschule then...
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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

Isn't that why we're all here? The Swiss set the standards so high that Remo and Tina end up as a Plasterer or a Florist, and then johnny foreigner - who did worse than Remo and Tina at school - can come to Switzerland with their Micky Mouse degree and become a Banker or IT consultant?
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Isn't that why we're all here? The Swiss set the standards so high that Remo and Tina end up as a Plasterer or a Florist, and then johnny foreigner - who did worse than Remo and Tina at school - can come to Switzerland with their Micky Mouse degree and become a Banker or IT consultant?
I take it you recently got passed over for promotion by some spotty noob from Surrey?

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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

Remo and Tina, Florists sounds like a Swiss sit com.
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Corrected.
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Here the correct link:
https://www.zentraleaufnahmepruefung...uefungsarchiv/


But "now"? Has been available online since the dawn of time.
Interesting would be the 2019 tests.
You cannot imagine how many Tinas' and Remos' parents believe that it is only up to the school to help kids make it to the gymnase. Loads don't know that there is online material available to help children with preparation. Where we are, foreign languages are usually not the problem, but Fr, Math and Hist.
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You cannot imagine how many Tinas' and Remos' parents believe that it is only up to the school to help kids make it to the gymnase. Loads don't know that there is online material available to help children with preparation. Where we are, foreign languages are usually not the problem, but Fr, Math and Hist.
I hope they don’t have the correct use of apostrophes in English in the test.
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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

I’d pass the math. Not a chance with the German though.
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I’d pass the math. Not a chance with the German though.
Me too. My german isn’t up to that standard.

I’d like to think I’d pass in French but we don’t have the test here anyway and I think my German would probably be good enough for the level they’d require here.

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I hope they don’t have the correct use of apostrophes in English in the test.
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What's wrong with MC's post? Possessive plural hence Tinas'. No?
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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

My daughter did the Matura last year. I was surprised at how much of the math, physics, chemistry, and most surprisingly - history I would still remember.
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What's wrong with MC's post? Possessive plural hence Tinas'. No?
That's what I thought, too.

Where are the grammar nazzies when you need them..
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What's wrong with MC's post? Possessive plural hence Tinas'. No?
The whole sentence construction is wrong.

If you want to make the names plural to indicate more than one Tina or Remo you have to construct the sentence differently. You can’t use the plural names in the possessive form.

In this case

You cannot imagine how many parents of Tinas or Remos believe that it up to the school alone to help kids make it to gymnase.

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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

The Gymi tests in Zurich test above the level taught for the 'regular' 6th grade - so without extra practice or training of some sort, it's almost impossible to get in.

I have a friend whose daughter was preparing for the Gymi test a while back, and he took it to a uni in northern Germany to share with some of the students he knew there - none of them could pass the test, and they were German natives ...
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Re: Would *you* pass the Gymi entry test?

Had similar exams when I was 14 back home, I think I deserve to consider that I've done my part....of course I wouldn't feel comfortable taking the language(s) exam(s) here (maybe French, but my grammar is so rusty). Maths I'm ok with.
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took it to a uni in northern Germany to share with some of the students he knew there - none of them could pass the test, and they were German natives ...
Uni students are unable to do the Langgymi entrance test performed by 6th graders?
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Uni students are unable to do the Langgymi entrance test performed by 6th graders?
They hadn't spent the better part of 12 months training for it ...

Even a Swiss teacher I know who teaches German in a Zurich Gymnasium admits that in each test there are questions which are ambiguous.
As for marking the essays ... at least one school has no clear marking scheme, as another friend of mine found out when they asked for a review of their son's paper. Spoke to two different senior German teachers (on different days), got two very different explanations of why the essay wasn't acceptable. Neither had done the original marking of that particular essay.

As for those apostrophes ... if there are many Tinas, and they have parents, you can most certainly have the Tinas' parents. What would you use instead? The Tinas parents? The Tinas's parents? Or the Tina's parents?
The Oxford Dictionary doesn't specifically address having many people possessing something together, but does include guidelines on plural possessive nouns in general.
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