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Admission to the Finnish International School of Tampere

Children who live in one of the municipalities in the Tampere city region and speak English as their mother tongue or otherwise have sufficient knowledge of English can be admitted as students into the Finnish International School of Tampere.

1st grade

It is possible to apply to 1st grade at the Finnish International School of Tampere during the calendar year the child reaches the age of seven. Also a child who is one year younger during the same calendar year can be selected providing that the guardian presents an assessment of school readiness made by a Finnish psychologist before the child's participation in the aptitude test. The child's language proficiency will be tested in February of the year of application.

The aptitude test aims to determine:

  • The knowledge of the English language on the basis of an interview and various group exercises that involve listening comprehension
  • The maturity for reading and writing

Students are selected on the basis of the total points obtained in the tests. Only the children achieving the minimum confirmed score can be admitted into programmes with a special emphasis in the curriculum.

Furthermore, the child can be tested and admitted into the 1st grade after February if

  • The child moves to the Tampere region and the child's home language is English or
  • The child has studied in English, abroad or in Finland, for at least one school year

Aptitude test arrangements

An aptitude test is organized for the applicants during week 6 (6. ja 7.2.2018). The date of the aptitude test is communicated to the child's guardians as soon as possible after registration at school, during week 5 at the latest.

During week 7 an extra test day will be arranged in case of sickness (the guardian has to document the child's sickness by a medical certificate). The guardians will be informed about the decision on admission as soon as possible.

The aptitude test tests the child's functional English skills. The minimum confirmed admission score will be communicated in advance to the child's guardians at a briefing in December.

The students are selected on the basis of their scores in the aptitude test. Only the children achieving the minimum confirmed score can be admitted into the programmes with a special emphasis in the curriculum.

The students who were not admitted in February but who obtained the minimum confirmed score in the aptitude test will be recorded on a reserve list in ranking order. Should places become available students are selected following the ranking on the reserve list until the beginning of the school year in August.

Places available in the 1st grade classes at the Finnish International School of Tampere are minimum 20 and maximum 96. The maximum size of the groups is determined by the service contract.

It is possible to participate in the first grade aptitude test once only.

7th grade

It is possible to apply to 7th grade at the Finnish International School of Tampere during the city-wide application period for schools with a special emphasis in the curriculum (11.12.2017-19.1.2018). A language test will be arranged in January or February (January 31st, 2018).

A student can apply for and be admitted to 7th grade after February if the child moves to the Tampere region and

  • the child's home language is English or
  • the child has studied in English, abroad or in Finland, for at least one school year

Aptitude test arrangements

The aptitude test aims at testing the student's knowledge of the English language, including reading comprehension, writing, grammar and oral expression. Furthermore, the aptitude test includes exercises testing mathematics vocabulary in English. The confirmed minimum score limit will be announced in advance.

The students are selected on the basis of the scores obtained in the aptitude test. Only the children achieving the minimum confirmed score can be admitted into the programmes with a special emphasis in the curriculum.

It is possible to participate in the 7th grade aptitude test once only.

The number of student places available in the 7th grade of the Finnish International School of Tampere is readjusted every year. It is possible to admit new students into the school only within the limitations of the maximum functional number. The maximum number can vary according to the number of the first-placed students. 6th grade students of the Finnish International School of Tampere may continue to 7th grade if they want to. They do not have to participate in the aptitude test.

Grades 2nd-6th and 8th-9th

Students can be admitted to other than the 1st and 7th grades of the Finnish International School of Tampere if the child moves to the Tampere region and

  • The student has studied in English, abroad or in Finland, for at least one school year or
  • The child's home language is English

On admission, it will be verified that the student's knowledge of the English language is sufficient for studying in English (including reading, writing, speaking and mathematics vocabulary). The child's year of birth determines in which class the child is placed. (School Year 2018-19)

Birth Year Grade
2011 1st Grade
2010 2nd Grade
2009 3rd Grade
2008 4th Grade
2007 5th Grade
2006 6th Grade
2005 7th Grade
2004 8th Grade
2003 9th Grade

Transition class

It is possible to admit into the transition class of the Finnish International School of Tampere a child

  • Who is temporarily living in a municipality of the Tampere region
  • Who is not a Finnish citizen
  • Who was not born in Finland
  • Whose knowledge of the English language is not sufficient to be admitted to the grades of the Finnish International School
  • Who has no aptitude to study in Finnish

All the above mentioned five requirements have to be met to make it possible for a child to be admitted to the transition class. The maximum number of students in the class is 10. A student place can be obtained for a maximum of three school years.

Instruction focuses on studying the English language and mathematics. In some subjects, students can be integrated into a class of the Finnish International School corresponding to their age group.

Students in the transition class do not have the possibility to transfer to other classes of the Finnish International School of Tampere.