What is a Maturity Test?

The thesis process ends with the Maturity Test. Students may take the Maturity Test after they have submitted their thesis for the final evaluation. The Maturity Test is an indication of whether or not a student masters the content of his/her thesis and the justification of that content. The student must also prove he/she is capable or producing clear and consistent text.

The Maturity Test is graded on a pass/fail basis. Both the content and the linguistic form of the text are evaluated, and the test can be rejected on the basis of either the content or the linguistic form. A student’s thesis advisor evaluates the content of the Maturity Test and a Communications lecturer evaluates the linguistic form of the test.

Registering to take the Maturity Test

Students agree upon the date and place they will take the Maturity Test with their advisor. Students should try to take the test on the day arranged for all students to take it.

Writing instructions

The Maturity Test must fulfil the following minimum requirements:

  1. Hand-writing must be legible. There should be a clear distinction between capital letters and small letters, as well as between spaces between words.
  2. The text should be separated into paragraphs, which are separated from each other by leaving an empty line between them.
  3. The length of the text should be equivalent to about one test paper with text on every line. If the test paper has small squares on it, then there should be text written on every other line.
  4. The text should have a title and the title and content of the text should correspond to each other.
  5. The student should be able to master basis spelling and punctuation rules.
  6. The relationships between clauses and sentences must be expressed clearly. Clauses and sentences must be complete and varied. There should be no serious mistakes concerning references between sentences and topics.
  7. Word order must be unambiguous and in harmony with the presented structure of information.
  8. The style of the text must portray a scientific style; nothing informal.
  9. The text should not be full of diagrams and illustrations; rather, the topic must be described in words. No charts should be used because no sources will be available during the test.
  10. The text should be structured in an organised and consistent way. The whole of the text should contain a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.
  11. The text should be written such that someone who knows nothing about the topic will be able to understand it.
  12. The Maturity Test will be rejected if it contains significant, repeated mistakes either in its content or in the areas listed above.