The entrance examination in maths

8 tips for top preparation

You want to change to Mittelschule and even have a school in mind? If only it weren't for the entrance exam! Especially maths causes you difficulties. The entrance examination is imminent and you don't know how to best prepare for the subject. Here are 8 tips on how to pass the maths exam with flying colors:


1. #Create a learning space

The right learning environment is important to promote your concentration. The best thing is to find a place to regularly visit for your maths exercises. Make sure you sit comfortably for a longer period of time. Pamper yourself with your favourite drink to combine learning with something positive. And get enough nerve food like nuts or dark chocolate to help you increase your stamina. The right soundscape is also important. Maybe classical music will help you concentrate. Try it out for yourself!


2. #Create your Study Plan

Find out which topics will be covered in the entrance exam and make a list. Create a timetable that tells you how many lessons you need for a topic. We recommend about 90 minutes per session. Think about which topics you have difficulties with and allow for more time. Important: Be realistic! You will not learn every day and not from dawn to dusk. Breaks and free days are important to maintain your motivation and concentration. In addition, a buffer is always good if you get sick, for example.


3. #Exercise makes perfect

You can't learn maths by simply reading through tasks and solutions. Your commitment is in demand! Calculate the tasks that were discussed in class again and compare the results. Solve additional tasks by getting more maths books from your local library or bookstore. Make sure that the material also describes solutions that you can use to orient yourself.


4. #Find your mistakes

Making mistakes is part of learning. Don't be too strict with yourself! It is important that you understand your mistakes. What is wrong with your solution? That is the central question. If you can't get any further at this point, just watch a YouTube video. There now are video tutorials on almost every mathematical topic that explain the solution step by step.


5. #Get yourself old exam tasks

On the homepage of the Mittelschul- und Kantonsschulamt, you will find the exam papers for all subjects from previous years. This way, you can familiarise yourself with the tasks and the structure of the tests. You can avoid being surprised by a completely new examination format in your own examination. You can find the examination papers for Zurich here: The homepage also informs you about the aids you may use. The question of the use of a calculator is particularly important in maths.


6. #Ask friends who have experience with the entrance examination

Is this the first time you've been confronted with such an important exam? Then it makes sense to ask friends and family about the procedure. They can tell you first hand how they perceived the exam and what they felt about it. This will help you to better adjust to the atmosphere. But don't be scared! You already know exam situations from your school days or maybe even from competitions in sports. Here, too, the rule applies: strength lies in calm.


7. #Search for a study group

Learning together motivates, is fun and brings new insights. It can help to get to know other solutions. You might even find it easier to calculate with your friends. But maybe you will also become a math tutor because you can explain topics that you have understood to others very well. In any case, the exchange with classmates makes sense. But beware: individual learning phases are just as important! So find the right balance.


8. #Get professional help, in time

For the best possible preparation, a professional math tutor is always a good idea, because the lessons are tailored to your individual questions and needs. The teacher recognizes your talents, but also identifies your gaps and can individually support you with appropriate tasks. Before you despair of mathematical content, it is better to let experienced teachers help you. But even if you are making good progress with your learning and have set yourself high goals, professional tutoring in the final spurt of learning can be a valuable support for particularly complicated tasks.