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## Additional information for candidates with a Polish "matura" or with an IB or EB

We admit candidates to our program after they have passed a **qualification interview**, which is conducted in person, in English. Candidates are admitted to the studies on the basis of this qualification interview only, not on the basis of high school grades. A candidate who has successfully passed the qualification interview is in principle admitted to the studies.

Generally, all applicants are invited to a qualification interview, and thus all candidates have an equal opportunity to being admitted. Under exceptional circumstances however, high school grades may play a role in deciding who is invited to these interviews. This either concerns candidates with exceptionally low high school grades, or in the situation in which there would be more candidates than we can interview and we would have to select candidates for the interview on the basis of their high school grade (so far this has never happened). So, most likely the information beneath will not be relevant to you, and the important information concerns the qualification interview. Underneath is a specification how each diploma type would be assessed.

**In case you have a new Polish matriculation exam – “nowa matura”**, you need to have at least 30 points in order to be invited to take part in the qualification interview. The number of points you have depends on an average of your exam scores for Polish language, mathematics, one of the foreign languages (to be chosen from: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian), and one of the elective subjects: a third language (modern language, but different than the previously submitted one), Latin, Biology, History, Civics, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy, Computer Science.

What matters, in addition to your actual exam score, is the level at which you took the subject. If you completed a subject on advanced level, your score will count for the full 100%. If you took a subject at basic level however, only 60% of your exam score will be counted. For example if your score for English was 75 and you took it at advanced level, then you have 75 points for a foreign language course – the full 100% of your exam score. If you took the English course at basic level however, then the number of points you get would be 75 x 60% = 45.

In order to know your total number of points, the average of your points for the four subjects needs to be calculated. To complicate matters, it is not the simple average – the sum of the four subjects divided by four – but a weighted average, because some subjects are regarded as more important than others. Specifically, Polish language points count for 20% of your final score, Mathematics for 20%, the foreign language for 20% and the elective subject for 40%. (If you obtained your Matura during the years 2005-2009 and did not have the subject of mathematics, then it means that your score for this subject is 0.)

The following example may help to clarify:

Anna scored 72 on her exam of Polish (advanced level), 67 on mathematics (basic level), 79 on foreign language English (advanced level), and 80 on elective subject French (basic level). Her scores for each topic would be:

Polish: 72 x 100% = 72

Math: 67 x 60% = 40.2

English: 79 x 100% = 79

French: 80 x 60% = 48

Her total number of points is now calculated, taking into account the importance of each topic:

Polish: 72 x 20% = 14.4 + Math: 40.2 x 20% = 8.04 + English: 79 x 20% = 15.8 + French: 48 x 40% = 19.2

Her total is 14.4 + 8.04 + 15.8 + 19.2 = 57.44 points. Thus, Anna has much more than the required 30 points and would be invited for a qualification interview.

As mentioned before, the decision of admission to the studies will depend *only *on the interview, and is not related to diploma points as calculated in the example above. The points only play a role in case you would have rather exceptionally low exam scores. Also, in case we would receive more applications than we could handle (more than 220), then we will only invite the 220 candidates with the most points. So far this has never been the case however.

**In case you have an old Polish matriculation exam – “stara matura”**, then you automatically qualify for the minimum requirement of 30 points; no points need to be counted. In the unlikely situation that more than 220 candidates apply and we need to determine who the best 220 candidates are, we would count your points as the simple average of the points of all your grades. The number of points awarded for grades is as follows:

For “stara matura” after 1991

grade 6 = 100 points

grade 5 = 90 points

grade 4 = 75 points

grade 3 = 50 points

grade 2 = 30 points

For “Stara matura” before 1991

grade 5 = 100 points

grade 4 = 85 points

grade 3 = 30 points

**If you have an IB diploma (International Baccalaureate)**, you need to have at least 30 points in order to be invited to take part in the qualification interview. The number of points you have depend on an average of your diploma grades for the primary language (typically Polish language for Polish high school students, or a different A1 language for foreign high school students), the exam scores of mathematics, one of the following foreign languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, but may not be identical to the A1 language), and one of the following elective subjects: a third (modern) language, Latin, Biology, History, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy, Business and Management, Economics, Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Science, Politics.

In order to make the grades of the IB diploma comparable to other diplomas such as the general Polish high school diploma (matura), the IB-grades are first converted and then calculated. The IB grades are converted from a scale ranging from 2 to 7, to a scale ranging from 30 to 100, in the following way:

7 = 100 points

6 = 90 points

5 = 75 points

4 = 60 points

3 = 45 points

2 = 30 points

What matters, in addition to your actual score, is the level at which you took the subject. If you completed a subject on higher level, your score will count for the full 100%. If you took a subject at standard level however, only 60% of your score will be counted. For example if your IB-grade for English was 5, then this means that after conversion you have 75 points for this subject. If you took it at higher level, then you have the full 75 points (100%) for this subject. However, if you took English at standard level, then the number of points you get would be 75 x 60% = 45.

In order to know your total number of points, the average of your points for the four subjects needs to be calculated. To complicate matters, it is not the simple average – the sum of the four subjects divided by four – but a weighted average, because some subjects are regarded as more important than others. Specifically, points for Polish or the A1 language count for 20% of your final score, mathematics counts for 20%, the foreign language for 20% and the elective subject for 40%.

The following example may help to clarify:

Anna has 75 points for Polish (higher level), 60 for mathematics (standard level), 90 for foreign language French, (higher level), and 75 for elective subject German (standard level). Her scores for each topic would be:

Polish: 75 x 100% = 75

Math: 60 x 60% = 36

French: 90 x 100% = 90

German: 75 x 60% = 45

Her total number of points is now calculated, taking into account the importance of each topic:

Polish: 75 x 20% = 15 + Math: 36 x 20% = 7.2 + French: 90 x 20% = 18 + German: 45 x 40% = 18

Her total is 15 + 7.2 + 18 + 18 = 58.2 points. Thus, Anna has much more than the required 30 points and would be invited for a qualification interview.

As mentioned before, the decision of admission to the studies will depend *only *on the interview, and is not related to diploma points as calculated in the example above. The points only play a role in case you would have rather exceptionally low exam scores. Also, in case we would receive more applications than we could handle (more than 220), then we will only invite the 220 candidates with the most points. So far this has never been the case however.

**If you have an EB diploma (European Baccalaureate)**, you need to have at least 30 points in order to be invited to take part in the qualification interview. The number of points you have depend on an average of your diploma grades for the primary language (typically Polish language for Polish high school students, or a different L1 language for foreign high school students), the exam scores of mathematics, one of the following foreign languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, but may not be identical to the L1 language), and one of the following elective subjects (a third language, Biology, History, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy, Economics, Computer Science).

In order to make the grades of the EB diploma comparable to other diplomas such as the general Polish high school diploma (matura), the EB-grades are first converted and then calculated. The EB grades are converted from a scale ranging from 4 to 10, to a scale ranging from 30 to 100, in the following way:

9,00 - 10,00 = 100 points

8,00 - 8,95 = 90 points

7,00 - 7,95 = 75 points

6,00 - 6,95 = 60 points

5,00 - 5,95 = 45 points

4,00 - 4,95 = 30 points

What matters, in addition to your actual score, is the level at which you took the subject. If you completed a subject on advanced level, your score will count for the full 100%. If you took a subject at basic level however, only 60% of your score will be counted. For example if your EB-grade for English was 7.30, then this means that after conversion you have 75 points for this subject. If you took it at advanced level, then you have the full 75 points (100%) for this subject. However, if you took English at basic level, then the number of points you get would be 75 x 60% = 45.

In order to know your total number of points, the average of your points for the four subjects needs to be calculated. To complicate matters, it is not the simple average – the sum of the four subjects divided by four – but a weighted average, because some subjects are regarded as more important than others. Specifically, points for Polish or the L1 foreign language count for 20% of your final score, mathematics counts for 20%, the foreign language for 20% and the elective subject for 40%.

The following example may help to clarify:

Anna has 75 points for Polish (advanced level), 60 for mathematics (basic level), 90 for foreign language French (advanced level), and 75 for elective subject German (basic level). Her scores for each topic would be:

Polish: 75 x 100% = 75

Math: 60 x 60% = 36

French: 90 x 100% = 90

German: 75 x 60% = 45

Her total number of points is now calculated, taking into account the importance of each topic:

Polish: 75 x 20% = 15 + Math: 36 x 20% = 7.2 + French: 90 x 20% = 18 + German: 45 x 40% = 18

Her total is 15 + 7.2 + 18 + 18 = 68.2 points. Thus, Anna has much more than the required 30 points and would be invited for a qualification interview.

As mentioned before, the decision of admission to the studies will depend *only* on the interview, and is not related to diploma points as calculated in the example above. The points only play a role in case you would have rather exceptionally low exam scores. Also, in case we would receive more applications than we could handle (more than 220), then we will only invite the 220 candidates with the most points. So far this has never been the case however.

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