After submitting the thesis, the student should participate in a written maturity examination. The content is evaluated by the supervisor and the use of language by a competent language teacher. Please note that the language is only evaluated if your school language is Swedish or Finnish. The aim of the maturity test is to show mastery of your research topic as well as your linguistic maturity.

The language in which the maturity test should be written in is based on your school language if you have received your education in Finnish or Swedish. However, students who received their education in another language than Finnish or Swedish, or received their education overseas, take the maturity examination in the degree language. If the maturity test is taken in a language other than Finnish or Swedish, the maturity test is reviewed solely on the basis of the content.

Guidelines for writing your maturity test

The maturity test is a supervised examination where you write an abstract of your thesis.

The content is evaluated by the supervisor, the heading is also examined. Thus, you can prepare for the maturity test, it is, however, written under supervision.

After the examination, you will receive feedback, if needed, on your text.

The abstract comprises approximately 300 - 350 words and provides an account of the core content of the thesis, both generally and specifically.

General principles:
  • The maturity test is written by hand.
  • You can have your thesis with you provided that it does not include an abstract.
The abstract covers primarily the followings aspects of your thesis:
  • the subject area
  • the topic
  • the aim of the study ( even if it is commissioned by a customer)
  • the research questions
  • the limitations
  • the material
  • the methods
  • the most important sources used
  • the results and conclusions

Below the text write some key words; 4-8 relevant words that provide a hint on what the thesis is about. If the thesis is commissioned by a company, include the company’s name in the key words.

The language of the maturity test – the abstract
To summarize:

An abstract

  • is able to stand on it own
  • is concise, approx. 300 - 350 words
  • does not contain any unnecessary explanations or details
  • is written in the present or the past tense
  • is written in one paragraph
  • ends in 4-8 relevant key words
  • is written in a formal language, which is both factual and objective.
  • is written in an legible handwriting. The word boundaries are clear. Capital and small letters are easily discerned
  • contains very few or no language errors. The writer shows a good command of general writing rules. .Established abbreviations may be used when appropriate
  • does not contain major reference errors
  • is written in the correct word order

A maturity test can be rejected if it not written according to the guidelines above. It can equally be rejected if it contains many language errors regarding sentence structure, punctuation and the conjugation of verbs or the use of compound words, loanwords and numeric expressions.

If a maturity test is rejected due to lingustic reasons the student must contact the writing workshop of the Language Department to receive feedback. Based on this feedback the student will then retake the test in order for the errors to be corrected.