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If your child is in kindergarden, a "schooltest" at age 5 should automatically follow. If not, you need to check the "Litfasssaeule" (a streetsign full of ads), where flyers about the schooltest are posted bi-annually. It is also possible to find this out at your local "Gesundheitsamt" (a governmental health organisation, where your child gets free care and vaccinations). Usually there will be a doctor appointment after the test. If your child passes those tests, you will be able to enroll him/her at school. This is usually the school closest to your home. Schoolage starts at age 6. Exceptions are made, if the child is unusually advanced for its age.