|The Republic of Poland, Certificate of Maturity|
The header of a certificate of maturity which you receive with the results of your exam (WHAAAAT?)
|A badly drawn circle chart|
But that's no all. Matura is divided to exams in different subjects: Polish language, modern foreign language and mathematics (which are mandatory) and 0 to 4 (or even more, can't remember) optional subjects. And the Polish language exam is what I wanted to get more into detail about.
What should a language exam be about? Understanding language, some basic grammar knowledge and writing. To some degree it is that way, but the most important thing is to answer like the mystical key. You have to know exactly what they want you to answer that particular question. Even if the question is What do you think about...?, How would you explain...? or even What's your attitude...?. You can't have your own opinion, you have to answer exactly the way they want you to.
Also you have to interpret a poem, or another short literary work and write a long form about it. However, you can't exactly do what you're told to do. You have to know from school, what the author meant, otherwise you'll probably get a lousy result or no points at all. Don't even try to interpret! You must know!
As a proof of how wrong it is, Wisława Szymborska (a famous Polish writer, a Nobel Prize winner) took a modern matura exam a few years ago (I don't know why) and faith decided, that she had to interpret her own work! Now guess what: she barely passed, because she didn't know what the poet meant! Yeaaaah! Matura FTW!
So let's learn what other people meant even though they didn't mean it and pass exams high! Woohoo!