English translation: grammar school / certificate of general higher education entrance qualification
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15:31 Feb 14, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO] Bus/Financial
Explanation: Abitur is the FINAL examination you have to attend AFTER you finish High School in order to be able to say you have completed High School and in order to be able to carry on with College or auniversity Studies.
own experience (lived in Germany and UK)
Elisa Capelão Local time: 23:24 Native speaker of: Portuguese PRO pts in pair: 117
Explanation: I would avoid using grammar school or high school, even though they are the US or British equivalents. Nonetheless, they are far from 100% equivalency, each has very different requirements for graduation. One thing they all have in common is that they are secondary schools. And that is what I would use.
Abitur would be secondary school-leaving certificate or graduation certificate. If you would translate it as high school diploma (the US equivalent, but not based on prerequisites) you would be shortchanging the student.