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Finland Entrance Exam Success: Strategies and tips to ace your entry into the best education system in the world

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Here are the best tips for preparing for the Finland entrance exam!

Have you been invited to the Finland entrance exam? Are you wondering what the interviews are like at Finnish universities? Let us guide you in preparing for the Finland entrance exam and the interview. The information we included applies to both international business and engineering exams.

Overview of the Finland Entrance Exam

The Finland Entrance Exam generally consists of questions that test your logical skills and English proficiency. The engineering program exam includes questions that measure your math, physics, and chemistry knowledge. The questions should be mastered with the skills you learned during secondary school. The university might also test your spoken English and motivation with an interview.

The most essential piece of advice is to be on time! Double-check the entrance exam interview date, and ensure the internet connection is stable. Also, make sure that the web camera and microphone are working correctly.

Furthermore, don’t plagiarize. The university will monitor you during the exam through a video connection. Also, you will get caught if you copy-paste answers online because learning institutions use programs that easily spot copy-pasted materials.

FINLAND ENTRANCE EXAM: Mathematical/logical thinking section

Example questions for international business

  • Four years ago, Marina was three times older than her daughter. Six years from now, Marina will be twice as old as her daughter. What are their current ages?
  • How many grams is 1,7 kilograms?
  • Nine students took an exam. Their grades were 5, 5, 3, 2, 4, 2.5, 3, 4.5, and 3. What was the average grade?
  • The price of a loaf of bread is 3 euros without taxes. The value-added tax rate is 18%. What is the price of a loaf of bread with taxes?
  • What will be the next number in the series: 2, 5, 11, 21, 36, 57, 85, …?

Example questions for Engineering

  • The isosceles triangle has a side of 4 cm and a base of 5 cm. Calculate the area of the triangle.
  • You were driving for 10 minutes with a velocity of 3 m/s to the North. Then, you turned to the West and drove for 6 minutes with a velocity of 22 km/h. How long a distance come to your trip calculator?
  • Simplify the following expression: -4(2+5a) – (3+6a)(5-a) + 8
  • In saltwater for salting food, there is about 20 weight-% NaCl. What is the molarity of the salt in this water? Use the density of 1.5 g/cm3 for the water and the atomic masses of 24 u and 36 u for sodium and chlorine, respectively.
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FINLAND ENTRANCE EXAM: English language proficiency section


Usually, the essay question is based on the pre-reading material the university sent you with the Finland entrance exam invitation. Ensure you understand the material’s main points but don’t need to memorize everything. If there are many numbers in the pre-reading material, imagine you preparing for a presentation about the company’s situation. Pick the key numbers you would present. Then, keep those crucial numbers in mind when answering the essay question.

In the essay, you should demonstrate a strong understanding of the theory in the material and write in good English.

Example question for the essay: Based on your previous knowledge, write about the studies in the Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business program. Describe the main content of the studies and discuss how the studies are carried out at the University of Applied Sciences. Discuss also the duration and the extent of the studies and reflect on your own personal qualities, skills, and motivation in relation to the content of the studies.

Guidelines for writing a good essay:

  • Be concise
  • Be clear
  • If you are unsure about the complicated sentence structure that you plan to use, it is safer to use the correct but simpler structure instead
  • Stay calm and keep a cool mind
  • Refrain from using fancy or complicated words if you are unsure how to use them properly

Reading Comprehension

  • Use skimming techniques for keywords
  • Try to read quickly one paragraph to understand the general idea of it
  • Try not to read word by word
  • Keep calm and focus

Multiple-choice questions

The multiple-choice questions are usually based on the pre-reading material. The questions might be, for example, about the case company’s revenue, values, offerings, and products/services.


Speaking can be daunting, especially if English is not your first language. To prepare for the interview, you can either stand in front of a mirror and speak to yourself or ask your friend to act as an interviewer. Your friend can ask basic questions about you, the reasons for choosing the study program, why you want to study in Finland, or about your plans for the future.

On the interview day, you should wear clean and tidy clothes. Go to a place with a good internet connection, then test your computer’s camera and microphone to ensure they are working.

Be prepared to speak about any topic and apply these general rules:

  • Be confident and breathe easy
  • Be precise and talk to the point
  • Try not to use too complicated words
  • Pronounce words clearly and talk at a moderate speed
  • Avoid unnecessary words, such as “ahh” and “uhmm.”
  • Use appropriate body movements when addressing ideas to look professional and confident

If you enjoyed reading this, you should also read our tips for writing a good motivation letter. Visit our Blog Section for other helpful articles about studying in Finland. 

To sum it up

Focus, determination, plus following our tips will help you successfully pass the Finland Entrance Exam. To bulletproof your interview, learn to use the universal language effectively by enrolling in English Express. We have fun and intensive classes that are guaranteed to upgrade your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. To reserve a slot in our in-demand courses, click HERE

Additionally, learn the country’s language through our Finnish Language courses for complete immersion. We have the best Finnish language teachers to guide you in learning basic to industry-specific words. To enroll, click HERE.

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