The first step to take is to register. The registration started on January 4 and will last until March 5, 2013. To register the application, an applicant must download a special application form, available on the website of the Ukrainian knowledge assessment center, and fill it in or to come personally to a regional center to take the application form and fill it in with the help of center workers. An applicant must first choose the subjects he or she wants to take the test in, not more than four subjects in total and only one test in foreign language.
The documents required for the registration are:
- passport copy (if an applicant is under 16 years old and does not have a passport, he or she must provide the copy of birth certificate);
- copy of the certificate of secondary education (if an applicant is still studying but will get the certificate in 2013, he or she must provide a document from his school, written according to the form established by the Ukrainian knowledge assessment center);
- two photos 3x4 cm.
If an applicant cannot take tests, held on Saturdays, due to religious beliefs, it is not a problem. There will be an additional session for school graduates - July 4-11, 2013. However, to exercise this right an applicant must lodge an application with the director of a regional knowledge assessment center.
An applicant should receive the confirmation of his registration, as well as the card and newsletter, by mail. It is important to put current place of residence for the official letter not to get lost. If in two-three weeks after the application procedure an applicant does not receive the confirmation, he must call the center and fix the problem before March 19.
Head of the Ukrainian knowledge assessment center Iryna Zaytseva points out that it is important to register within the established terms. "People often ask me what they can do if they've failed to apply before March 5. Well, you cannot do anything. Upon official completion of the registration, we close the database and do not accept any more applications," she said.
Attention, testing begins!
There are 14 subject an applicant can choose from. On March 23 and 30, there will be a general rehearsal of the test, meaning school graduates will be able to take a trial testing to learn about the procedure, its specifics and sample questions. However, the registration for the "general rehearsal" as closed in November of 2012. According to Zaytseva, 160 thousand applicants have confirmed readiness to take the trial.
The main testing starts on June 3. The first test is in chemistry. Professors and teachers believe that chemistry, as the first test of independent testing, will help applicants to focus and pass better the whole testing. The schedule for other subjects is as follows:
June 5-6 - the Ukrainian language and literature;
June 8 - a foreign language (German, English, French, Spanish);
June 10 - the Russian language;
June 12-13 - math;
June 15 - geography;
June 17 - world history;
June 19-20 - history of Ukraine;
June 22 - physics;
June 25 - biology;
June 27 - foreign literature.
Results of the testing will be available before July 7. The additional session will take place on July 4-11, and the results will be announced on July 17. The whole month of July is given for school graduates to apply to universities.
Innovations and changes
According to Zaytseva, there are no principal changes in the testing procedure. The only exception is that the exercise book will be given only in one language.
"An applicant can take tests not only in Ukrainian, but also in Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Moldavian, Romanian and Crimean Tatar languages. Last year we gave two exercise books - in Ukrainian and in the language of choice. This year will be only one language. The fact is that last year applicants abused the right for language choice. For example, one person from Dnipropetrovsk region asked for three tests in three different languages: math in Hungarian, physics in Polish and another test in the Crimean Tatar language. He motivated his demand by the desire to check his knowledge. However, such "checking" costs the state pretty money. We spend about 64 thousand hryvnias for translation last year," Zaytseva said. She also added that exercise books are free of charge, but if someone wants to joke, he must be aware that he will get only one exercise book in the language of choice, Ukrainian version will not be included.
As for minor changes, some tests have less number of questions and shorter time for finishing. In particular, the tests in history of Ukraine and physics now have 55 questions (60 questions last year). Tests in history of Ukraine and world history have 135 minutes for finishing (150 minutes last year). Tests in foreign languages no longer have "Logic and consistency of narration" criterion, while the assessment system on "Vocabulary and grammar" criterion has been revised.
Moreover, the Ukrainian knowledge assessment center will provide more mobile brigades and video surveillance to control the fair play. Inspectors will have special equipment, including metal detectors, to search applicants for unauthorized devices.
As before, accuracy of answers will be checked not in the same center, where the testing takes place. Thus, tests from Dnipropetrovsk regions, for example, will be checked in Lviv or Simferopol, but not in Dnipropetrovsk.
The EIT certificates of the last years remain valid, and a student can choose to retake a separate test in order to improve the results on this or that subject.
Recipe of good preparation
To get ready to the independent testing, applicants should start with school books, as they meet the requirements of the education program and independent testing.
Zaytseva also recommends studying the reports of the Center for the last year years. "The reports have detailed analysis of every test. Applicants can learn questions and answers, put for the testing of last years. The reports are available on the Center website."
As for other materials and manuals, Zaytseva informed that the list of recommended books would be published anytime soon. "We have already given licenses to 12 manuals. Another dozen of materials is under consideration," she added.
Well, the external independent testing has evolved significantly for the years of its existence: the procedure has become simpler and more understandable. Officials promise that in the future it will improve even more, especially when the parliament officially legalizes it. And for now, we wish all applicants good luck and successful testing.
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