We therefore equip our students with additional skills in accordance with our bilingual policy. At the end of Years 10, we use the Cambridge programme test modules, among other indicators, as benchmarks for academic performance. In the Years 8, students sit the standardized evaluation tests set by the state of Hesse. In Year 10, our students sit the examinations for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), an internationally acknowledged qualification that the Ministry of Culture in Hesse regards as equivalent to an intermediate secondary leaving certificate.
At the end of the fourth qualification phase in Year 12, the students take their final examinations for the German Abitur. In accordance with the guidelines for the Abitur established by the state, our students take their examinations in German. To prepare for this, students start to practise sample questions from the first stages of the Abitur from Year 10, in particular in the natural sciences, and receive systematic instruction in supplementary intensive lessons in German. Students in Years 10 to 12 also have the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Placement Programme, which includes examinations and consists of up to six modules. This certificate is recognised around the world and allows for easier entry to international universities. Many universities actually give out credit points to students who have this certificate, which are equivalent to an undergraduate year and exempt them from entrance examinations. This saves time and reduces the costs of university fees.
At Phorms Campus Berlin Mitte, Phorms Education has established one of the few examination centres for the APID in Europe. Several classes have already finished their Abitur at the school in Berlin in the past years with outstanding grades.
Considering the current discussions on education policy surrounding the issues of G8 and/or G9 (whether the final year of high school should be Year 12 or Year 13) and the future development of national standards for the Abitur examinations, changes affecting the upper secondary years are to be expected. As always, the Phorms School will continue to monitor these issues closely to ensure that our education guidelines are not just similar but equivalent to the guidelines that are applicable to state schools.