More than a quarter of Ministry of Education and Research employees have volunteered to squeeze behind exam desks on Monday, concurrently with 10,300 of the nation's 12th graders, to take a new version of the state high school final for Estonian language.
Their goal is to get a sense of how well the new exam works as well as to assess their own abilities in word use and composition, a statement from the ministry said.
Traditionally, the graduation exam involved composing an essay on one of a choice of topics. The main change implemented this year, according to the ministry, is the addition of a functional reading comprehension component. The second part of the exam will now involve writing a shorter essay using base texts.
In a display of solidarity with the 12th graders, a number of personnel at the Ministry of Finance and the National Archives have also pledged to take the exam.