State examinations are exams performed at the end of the upper secondary school, which must be completed by all final year students. In order to complete the upper secondary school, students must complete three mandatory state examinations, namely Estonian or Estonian as a second language, mathematics, and a foreign language.
State examinations are held once a year in the spring at the same time in all Estonian schools.
State examinations are aimed at final year students who wish to graduate from upper secondary school. In addition to state examinations, school education and a research paper must be completed in order to complete the upper secondary school.
State examinations can also be performed by students from vocational education institutions and those who have already completed secondary education and plan to continue their education in an institution of higher education.
The state examinations are prepared and conducted by Innove. The tasks of state examination tests are created, and examination papers are evaluated by committees operating at Innove and include the best teachers and lecturers from all over Estonia. The committee is confirmed the Minister of Education and Research.