The maturity examination is a learning experience which aims at helping the student polish his/her communication skills. Also, the aim is to present the proficiency of the student as well as the contents of the thesis.
The maturity test demonstrates the student’s familiarity and expertise in the subject field of the thesis as well as language competency in Finnish or Swedish, as required in Finnish legislation (A1129/2014, § 8).
The language required for the maturity test is determined by the language the student studied as first language/mother tongue during secondary level education. The maturity test also serves as a demonstration of spoken and written competence in the language in question. The language of the maturity exam is also marked in the degree certificate.
In Haaga-Helia, the maturity test can take one of three forms, as agreed with the thesis advisor: an essay, an item for a staff newsletter or a media release. The maturity test is not the same as an exam answer.
The maturity test is taken under supervision as agreed with the thesis advisor, either on a general re-examination date or in Exam (an e-exam option).
The maturity test is written by hand or using a computer as agreed with the thesis advisor. If the test is written by hand, the handwriting should be easily readable. Capital letters, punctuation marks and compound words should be clear. If the test is written using a computer, it has to be offline and any automatic grammar or spell checks disabled.
Memory sticks / flash drives or phones are not allowed in the maturity test. The duration of the test is a maximum of 1h 55min. The thesis advisor stores the maturity test for 6 months.
A more detailed description of text types and instructions can be found on the Haaga-Helia Thesis pages.
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Starting level and linkage with other courses
The thesis is completed.
Evaluation criteria, approved/failed
The maturity test is evaluated as pass/fail according to Haaga-Helia maturity test criteria. The thesis advisor checks both contents and language. A failed maturity test has to be re-taken.