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Kurzgymi Entrance Exam Preparation in Zurich

For students to attend the Kurzgymnasium after 8th or 9th grade (Sekundarschule), they need to pass the “Zentrale Aufnahmeprüfung”. This is an ambitious goal because it requires above-average knowledge of the subject matter of German, mathematics and French of the secondary level.

Our tried and trusted LearningCulture course program allows the students to gain the necessary knowledge and confidence to achieve their goal.

This course aims at students in 8th and 9th grade who want to attend the Kurzgymnasium or Handelsmittelschule. Students from the 6th grade of the primary school, please, visit this page: Langgymi-Kurs.

Extraordinary situation / Coronavirus: Our courses are expected to take place on-site and in-person starting June 8th, 2020. (Updated 27.05.2020)

Our Kurzgymi and Handelsmittelschule courses

Kurzgymi Entrance Exam Preparation Course

Part 1 (36 or 24 lessons)

Our classic introduction to Gymi- and Handelsmittelschule-preparation. Knowledge gaps from public school are closed, and the students acquire methods and skills needed for Part 2 of the course and the individual exam preparation. To ensure that the basics are in place, we conclude Part 1 with a basic final exam.

Part 2 (40 lessons)

Here, students will be familiarised with the types of tasks they will encounter at the Gymi- and Handelsmittelschule-exam. Step-by-step, problem-solving techniques and approaches, which need to be recalled during the exam, are learnt and practised.

Holidays: there will be no lessons from 13.07.2020 - 16.08.2020 (summer holiday), 05.10.2020 - 18.10.2020 (autumn holiday) and 21.12.2020 - 03.01.2021 (Christmas holiday).

Additional information

  • Class size: maximum of 6 children
  • Subjects: Mathematics, German, French*
  • Homework: at least 6o minutes per subject
  • Course books included
  • Preparing for the entrance exam in March 2021

Course Location

Personal advice

Would you like to learn more about our teachers, or get to know our pedagogic director Balz Müller? Would you like to take a look at our course materials? Do you have other questions? Feel free to contact us!
044 520 81 19 / contact@learningculture.ch.

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* The government council’s decision from the 3rd of April 2019 was appealed. The Aufnahmeprüfung for the school year 2021 will be conducted according to the old regulations, incl. French.

Dates and Courses


Teil 1 (ab Sep.)

Mittwoch, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
09/16/2020 - 11/25/2020
1620 Fr.

 
Samstag, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich Stadelhofen
09/19/2020 - 11/28/2020
1620 Fr.

 
Sonntag, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
09/20/2020 - 11/29/2020
1620 Fr.

Teil 1 (Herbstferien)

Di & Do, 17:00 -18:35
Zürich Stadelhofen
10/20/2020 - 11/26/2020
1080 Fr.

 
Mittwoch, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
10/21/2020 - 11/25/2020
1080 Fr.

 
Samstag, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
10/24/2020 - 11/28/2020
1080 Fr.

 
Sonntag, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
10/25/2020 - 11/29/2020
1080 Fr.

Teil 2

Mo & Mi, 17:00 -18:35
Zürich Stadelhofen
11/09/2020 - 01/27/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Mittwoch, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
11/11/2020 - 02/03/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Samstag, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich Stadelhofen
11/14/2020 - 02/06/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Samstag, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
11/14/2020 - 02/06/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Sonntag, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich Stadelhofen
11/15/2020 - 02/07/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Sonntag, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
11/15/2020 - 02/07/2021
1800 Fr.

Teil 2 (ab Dez.)

Di & Do, 17:00 -18:35
Zürich Stadelhofen
12/01/2020 - 03/04/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Mittwoch, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
12/02/2020 - 03/03/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Samstag, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich Stadelhofen
12/05/2020 - 02/27/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Samstag, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
12/05/2020 - 02/27/2021
1800 Fr.

 
Sonntag, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
12/06/2020 - 02/28/2021
1800 Fr.

Theme Courses during the School Holidays

Mathematical Word Problems:

This course focuses on the most challenging types of tasks of the Gymi- and Handelsmittelschule-exam: algebraic word problems. Students learn to tackle word problems systematically, in order to acquire a clear solution strategy. 

Course program: word problems, term simplifications, equations, surfaces and volumes.

Topics Essay Training: 
In this course, the students will be working on different aspects of a good essay. We practice the brainstorming, planning and implementation of the writing process. The course participants write essays and receive individual feedback on the content, structure and grammar of all texts.  

Course program: essays, active/passive, indirect speech, subjunctive 1 and 2.


For more Information

  • Group size: maximum of 6 children
  • Teaching materials included
  • Homework: at least 60 minutes
  • Preparation for the exam in March 2021

Course Location

Personal advice

Would you like to learn more about our teachers or our pedagogical director Balz Müller? Or take a look at our coursebooks? Do you have open questions? Feel free to contact us!
044 520 81 19 / contact@learningculture.ch.

Dates and Courses


Satzaufgaben (M)

Mo - Mi, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich Stadelhofen
12/28/2020 - 12/31/2020
540 Fr.

Aufsatztraining (D)

Mo - Fr, 09:15 - 12:30
Zürich Stadelhofen
10/12/2020 - 10/16/2020
900 Fr.

 
Mo - Do, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
12/28/2020 - 12/31/2020
540 Fr.

Intensive courses during the Sportferien
(including exam simulation)

During the Sportferien, we offer 5-day intensive courses with a mock exam. The first two days are used for the mock exam under real conditions, then the exam results for all three subjects are discussed, and the following topics are repeated and practiced:

  • German: structure of the three essay types, sentence construction with comma rules, direct/indirect speech, active/passive, tenses, word types and sentence elements.
  • Mathematics: term transformations, equations, word problems, Pythagoras and surfaces.
  • *French: solution strategies for reading comprehension, partitive articles, verbs and pronouns.
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* The government council’s decision from the 3rd of April 2019 was appealed. The Aufnahmeprüfung for the school year 2021 will be conducted according to the old regulations, incl. French.

Further information

  • Group size: 4 to 6 children on average
  • Subjects: Mathematics, German, French*
  • Teaching materials included
  • Preparation for the Kurzgymi/HMS-Prüfung in March 2021

Course Location

Parent-teacher talks included
The teachers are available for questions before and after lessons. Additionally, we offer you the possibility to discuss the results of the mock exam and the remainder of the exam preparation with our pedagogical director Balz Müller after the course.

Dates and Courses


5-teilig

Mo - Fr, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich Stadelhofen
02/08/2021 - 02/12/2021
900 Fr.

 
Mo - Fr, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
02/08/2021 - 02/12/2021
900 Fr.

 
Mo - Fr, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich Stadelhofen
02/15/2021 - 02/19/2021
900 Fr.

 
Mo - Fr, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
02/15/2021 - 02/19/2021
900 Fr.

 
Mo - Fr, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich Stadelhofen
02/22/2021 - 02/26/2021
900 Fr.

 
Mo - Fr, 13:30 - 16:45
Zürich Stadelhofen
02/22/2021 - 02/26/2021
900 Fr.

Mock Exam

No matter how well one has mastered the theory, the stress and time pressure of the exam situation can give anyone a hard time. Thanks to our mock exam, students can prepare themselves for this kind of situation and get an impression of their state of knowledge. Our pedagogical management develops the exam based on the current exam regulations of the Canton of Zurich. The exam is corrected, graded and returned to the students with written feedback, including tips for further preparation.

On request, the mock exam results and the remaining exam preparation can be discussed with Balz Müller individually. He is our pedagogical director and is primarily responsible for the Kurzgymi- and HMS-preparation at LearningCulture.

For more information

  • Realistic exam conditions
  • Exam, created by LearningCulture
  • On request: individual discussion of the results (included in the price)

Course Locations

Alternative offer

We also offer 5-day Kurzgymi- and HMS-intensive courses during the Sportferien. The first two days are identical to this mock exam. Over the next three days, the results will be discussed, and the weak spots improved.

Dates and Courses


Deutsch & Mathe

Mo & Di, 08:45 - 12:00
Zürich HB
02/10/2020 - 02/11/2020
265 Fr.

 
Mo & Di, 08:45 - 12:00
Horgen
02/17/2020 - 02/18/2020
265 Fr.

All Kurzgymi Course Types

What distinguishes our courses

Course management

All our teachers are selected according to the LearningCulture quality guidelines and trained by our pedagogical director Balz Müller to meet the current requirements of the exam. For the assignment to the Kurzgymi-courses, we attach particular importance to the fact that these are motivating, sensitive and patient teachers. Especially for the students in the 8th and 9th grade, it is very important to bond as a team: learning together to pass the Gymi- or Handelsmittelschule-exam.

In the following, we present you one teacher per subject on behalf of our Kurzgymi-team:

Joris van der MeulenJoris van der Meulen – In the following, we present you one teacher per subject on behalf of our Kurzgymi-team:
Joris is a trained mathematics teacher. He knows the stumbling blocks that lie in front of the students. With his open-hearted manner and thoughtful methodology, the students are enabled to overcome any obstacle. This way, he succeeds in showing that mathematics is not really all that difficult.

Lara WitzkeLara Witzke – French
Lara Lara graduated in 2014 and is one of our younger teachers. She grew up in a bilingual home in Lausanne and is currently in training as a teacher for the Sekundarschule at the PHZH. French and languages in general have always been part of her everyday life. Lara Witzke knows: no pain, no gain. Accordingly, she is highly invested in motivating her students.
Balz MüllerBalz Müller – German
Balz Balz has many years of experience as a teacher and head teacher at renowned private schools (Lyceum Alpinum and Institut Montana Zugerberg). He is not only responsible for our course programs and the training of our course instructors but also teaches German with great joy and enthusiasm in numerous Kurzgymi and BMS courses.

You as parents are informed

Communication with you is important to us. After three days into the course, you will receive a first written feedback on your child's performance and commitment. The second one is available halfway into the course, and the third one after the simulation test. The instructors also keep a personal "logbook" for all children, which you can access at any time.
Beispielfeedback nach 3 Tagen (PDF)

Small Groups

Individual support is essential to address the comprehension difficulties and problems of individual students and to provide direct feedback. To ensure that everyone receives as much personal support as possible from our instructors, we have limited the maximum size of our courses to six participants.

Professional teaching aidsLearningCulture Kurzgymi Lehrmittel Mathematik

We couldn't find teaching materials that met our needs, so we developed our own. Our Kurzgymi course books explain the topics comprehensively, give helpful tips on how to remember difficult topics and contain diverse exercises, including old exam questions. Their structure is also perfectly aligned with our course concept. See for yourself:



Parents' and students' voices

To ensure and continuously improve the quality of our courses, we rely on feedback from parents. But we also regularly ask our students for their opinion on the lessons. You can read a few replies (translated from German) here:

„The learning environment was great, everyone was motivated, and despite the intense learning, we had a lot of fun. In this course, you can look at everything in detail, and the teachers really have time for your questions.“

Marco Jahn, Sekundarschüler, Kurzgymi-Vorbereitungskurs 2018/19

„Alessandra attended an intensive course twice a week (autumn and spring holidays) and prepared herself with the material of LearningCulture for the Kurzgymi-entrance exam. She felt very well cared for and looked after. The in-depth discussion of the exam simulation was very valuable. It has addressed her shortcomings, and she passed the test. Thank you - a great team!“

Ursula Rotzer, Kurzgymi Entrance Exam Preparation Course 2018/19

„Dear Mr Müller. Elisa is delighted with the Gymi-preparation and very motivated. We are very happy about that! Thank you very much for your efforts and the efforts of the entire team. Best wishes, Family Romer“

Family Romer, Kurzgymi Entrance Exam Preparation Course 2018/19