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Liceo scientifico is a secondary school type in Italy. It lasts 5 years (students of about 14-19 years of age).
Students follow a specific pattern of courses that covers a large range of disciplines: Italian language and literature, history, philosophy, Latin, mathematics, physics, foreign language (usually English or French, but many schools offer different courses), life sciences, art history and chemistry. Offering one of the most complete and widespread range of knowlegdge - allowing its students to well suit most University courses -, it is largely attended.
Traditionally, a Liceo scientifico follows a specific pattern for weekly lessons as described below. Please notice the difference between the biennio (the first two school years) and the triennio (the remaining three), which is characterised by higher skill requirements and different subjects.
Since 1999, the final test (in italian, maturità - comparable to the British A-level) lasts four days and generally consists in:
- an Italian language writing test, common to all Italian secondary schools - where knowledge of literature, history, geography, politics and/or general culture is needed;
- a mathematics written test, usually dealing with the principles of real analysis, trigonometry, geometry and linear algebra;
- a written test called terza prova ("third test"), dealing with some or all of the remaining subjects;
- a hour-long oral exam, where students are generally asked a number of questions ranging all the subjects and programs of the last year attended.
Different patterns can be followed by single institutes, usually about the teaching of computer science and other scientific disciplines.
- ^ namely, for students who decide not to follow this course
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