Romanian education has gained a poor reputation over the past few years. Presently, the entire Romanian educational system is going through a sort of revival, and the result is a very promising educational system from kindergarten through university.
The Romanian educational system consists of four levels of studies. These levels are kindergarten, primary, secondary and higher education.
Kindergarten start as early as three years old and can stay until they are six or seven years old. The preparation class for children aged 6–7 became compulsory, and is a requirement in order to enter primary school.
2 Elementary school
Following kindergarten, children are whisked away to elementary school at the age of six years old. Most elementary schools are public.
Elementary school in Romania is slightly different from elementary school in Europe and the West, though the same fundamental lessons are taught. In fact, Romanian education largely mimics education throughout the rest of the world until children reach the high school level. High school in Romania is reserved for those students who pass The National Test (an extremely difficult aptitude test), and many students never reach the high school at all.
3 High schools
After the 8th grade, students are required to take the Testarea Naţională or the National Test. This is a nationwide examination that can only be taken once. The subjects included in the test are Romanian Language and Literature, Geography or History and Maths. The passing grade is an average of 5 for the three exams, and will allow the student to enroll in high school. If the student fails, he will have to enter a School of Crafts and Trades first for two years before entering high school.
4 Higher education
Higher education in Romania is less centralized than in many countries in the West, with every university having its own internal policies regarding admission, exams and conditions for graduation.