MSA (Mittlerer Schulabschluss) and BBR (Berufsbildungsreife)

MSA/BBR Exam Dates 2019-2020

Important: new dates

  1. Oral exam English: to be announced
  2. Presentation examination: to be announced
  3. Writen examinations:
    German/Sciences: Wednesday (MSA, BBR) 13.05.2020, 10:00-13:00 Uhr
    Mathematics: Monday (MSA, BBR) 25.05.2020, 10:00-12:15 Uhr
    English: MSA, Wednesday, 27.05.2020, 10:00-13:00 Uhr

Requirements BBR/eBBR/MSA/MSA (GO)

All detailed requirements BBR/eBBR/MSA/MSA (GO) in one document (pdf)


The MSA (middle year) exam compares the performance standards of all of the 10th grade students in year 10 Berlin-wide. The exam is decisive for the student on applying for an apprenticeship or when seeking promotion into the upper secondary school. The MSA exam is obligatory at Nelson Mandela School for all of our students. The exam grade is made up of an examination and the final report grades.

Information on individual MSA exam parts

  1. Presentation exam
    • all subjects possible except for German, Maths, English
    • consists of two units: presentation and discussion
    • preparation time: approximately six weeks
    • partner or group exam; single presentation needs special permission
    • duration for both parts: 20 min (approx. 15 minutes presentation & approx. 5 minutes discussion), a group of four one hour
    • forms of presentation: Computer or video or audio, or transparencies, posters, experiments or lecture with handouts
    • criteria of evaluation: subject efficiency, linguistic competence, structural competence, personal skills, originality, communicative skills.
  2. Written exams
    • take place in German, English and Maths. (Students who are not mother tongue Gerrman speakers and have only been in Germany for two year or less can take the exam in the sciences). The exams last between two and three hours  and always start at 10:00 a.m. The subject teachers prepare the students for these exams.
  3. Oral exam English
    • partner exam
    • lasts about 20 minutes.

Requirements for passing the MSA exam

German grades go from “1” (very good) to “6” (very bad). You need an average of “4” for a pass. You can have one “5” in one part but you need a “3” in another part to pass. A “6” in one part means the student has failed the whole examination. A repetition of the failed part may be granted. The entire exam can only be repeated once.


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