Ahead of the forthcoming Abitur tests, Simon Schräder, a 17-year-old student from Münster, used Germany’s freedom of information platform fragdenstaat.de to ask for the test questions ahead of time.
Schräder now has to wait for a response, which will take up to one month, to see if his request will be granted. “If they answer in time it might fit for one exam,” Schräder commented to the Guardian. His first exam is on April 16, only a few days before the April 21 deadline of a month.
Using Germany’s freedom of information site for this purpose isn’t exactly what the site was designed for, and Schräder knows his chances of getting the test questions is slim. “I thought it was worth a try; I just wanted to see what they would say.”
Even if he fails to succeed, the attention that his request has gotten has earned him several job offers with research related companies. So maybe knowing the test questions isn’t really needed for his chances for success.