State exam results announced, improvement in Estonian as second language

Student about to take the Estonian language state exam. Photo is illustrative.
Student about to take the Estonian language state exam. Photo is illustrative. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

The initial results of the state examinations in 2020, made voluntary as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, are similar to previous years, but the examination results of Estonian as a second language have been improving year-by-year.

Regina Multram, the head of the Innove test center (Innove testikeskus), the state exams this year were held in different circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. Passing the exams was not a condition for graduating from high school this spring, and taking them was voluntary. State exam in mathematics and Estonian, or Estonian as a second language, were available.

"Due to the special situation in the spring, the students were involved in distance learning. However, many decided to take state exams, and based on the preliminary results, the results have proved similar to previous years," Multram said.

Summary of 2019/2020 academic year's state exam results 

  • The total number of people who took the Estonian language state exam this year: 6,027 examinees.
  • The average result of this exam: 61.6 points.
  • Seven students achieved maximum (100) points.
  • One student did not pass. 
  • 1,779 students took the state exams as the second language of Estonian. Average result: 67.8 points. Six students received 100 points.
  • Examinees who achieved at least 60 percent in Estonian will be issued a B2-level certificate in Estonian (69.2 percent of exam passers achieved B2-level). 
  • The specialist math exam was chosen by 2,356 candidates and a broader math exam by 4,256 examinees. The average score of the first was 36.4 points, with one candidate getting 100 percent, and the second, 51 points (12 students getting 100 percent). 
  • In the International German language exam (The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 and B2 level exams), 18 students attained B1 level and 11 of them achieved B2. 
  • 1,149 examiners took part in Cambridge English Advanced C1 (International English language exam) level examination between June 13-21. The results will be available between July 17-30. Those who wish to take English language state exam will have to do soat the end of September.
  • International examinations in French and Russian are to take place in August. 
  • In addition to the initial results, summary statistics and analyses of the 2020 state examinations will be published in the autumn. 

Examination and appeal of examination papers 

During the appeal period, examination papers can be inspected electronically from 30 June to 6 July, via the Examination Information System (EIS) or by registering in advance at Innove. Appeals can be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research until 6 July at the Examination Information System (Eksamite infosüsteem).  

Transmission of state examination results for admission 

Graduates of 2020 who have already submitted applications to SAIS (Sisseastumise infosüsteem) to enter a higher education institution or vocational training institution do not have to submit the state examination results to a separate school. The results of the state exam will reach SAIS automatically if the results of the respective exam are necessary to apply for the selected competition. However, some patience will be needed, as processing applications (calculating competition points and correct status in the ranking) in SAIS can take a few days. 

Additional exams

Additional modules of thestate exams will take place in September and October, which 2019/2020 students and also from previous years can register for. Candidates can register for the additional exam at the EIS until July 17.  

Additional information about state exams can be found on the Innove website


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