Council of Rectors proposes changes for PSU 2014

For the University Selection Test, it is contemplated to end the penalty for wrong answers and include the piloting of the tests within the regular selection process. 

In addition, the Admission System commission was asked to develop modification alternatives for the Science test, in order to generate a schedule of changes with technical support.

In its monthly session, held in Punta Arenas, the Council of Rectors received the reports of three commissions that are working on strengthening the Admission System, including modifications to the Ranking of Notes and a proposal to the Indirect Fiscal Contribution

Among the short-term measures, which can be started in 2013 to see changes in the 2014 test, are the elimination of the penalty system for wrong questions. So far, for each incorrect question, a quarter of the correct question is subtracted. 

  “We give reassurance to the young people who are going to take the PSU at the end of this year that the test will be the same for which they have been preparing. All the modifications that we are commenting on today will begin to be applied from PSU 2014, ”said CRUCH Vice President Juan Manuel Zolezzi.

Another measure is to include piloting questions in the 2013 PSU to accustom students to this experience. This year, as the test is piloted, it would not have the effect of serving as a test for the questions, but it would be used so that those who take the test know that from 2014 the test will include the test questions.

The modification is required because until now, the piloting is done with fourth year students, who do not have incentives to answer as if they were taking the test. 

Regarding the recommendation to protocolize and document the processes that are involved in the preparation and elaboration of the test, Demre is already working on this and is in search of an international certification to validate these changes. 

For the medium term, in-depth analysis of changes was proposed for the Science test. In this sense, CRUCH asked the commission led by academic María Elena González to prepare a proposal for changes with a timetable, which will be presented at the end of May. 

With this report, the full Board will make the decision to make the modifications that are technically feasible.  

“As a Council we are willing to make modifications because we want to move in the direction that this selection instrument improves, but we must be careful about the level of consequences it has for the students who take the test. For this reason, we commissioned a study to provide us with the technical alternatives we have to modify this instrument ”, stated Rector Zolezzi. 

Regarding the strengthening of the Ranking, the rectors analyzed the proposal of the team led by Guillermo Marshall, which includes ending the gap of 150 maximum bonus points for Notes Ranking. That is, it would increase the score by ranking of grades of those young people who were well above the average of their peers.

Another measure is to incorporate into the Ranking those new establishments or those that do not have more than 30 students in their last three generations. To this end, the committee will propose that the marks between some of these establishments be added (to create a kind of cluster of similar establishments) in order to have a larger universe that allows determining the position of the student and his ranking score. Last year for these cases only the NEM score was replicated for the grade ranking. It is estimated that this could benefit approximately 3,000 schools. 

   “These are the first advances of the CRUCH commissions to perfect the admission system and we will continue working permanently throughout the year to fine-tune new changes that enhance the unique admission system that allows 120,000 young people to apply to traditional and private universities attached. to the system ”, added the rector. 

The information regarding the commissions is available on the website, where a special section has been created to account for the agreements and work of the groups in the future, along with contact information to open space to the citizen participation.