The Vice President of Cruch, rector Aldo Valle, stressed that this year there will be one more day in the application stage, as requested by the students.
The 2016 Admission Calendar and the Agenda for the University Selection Tests (PSU) are available on the website of the Single Admission System and on the DEMRE website of the University of Chile: sistemadeadmision.consejoderectores.cl or www.sua-cruch .cl, and www.demre.cl.
With the presentation of the 2016 admission calendar and the agendas of the University Selection Tests (PSU), the executive vice president of the Council of Rectors, Aldo Valle, together with the executive director of the Single Admission System, Angélica Bosch, and the director Sergio Carumán, of the Department of Evaluation, Measurement and Educational Registration (DEMRE) of the University of Chile, began the 2016 admission process. Members of the Executive Committee of Cruch were also present: the alternate vice president and rector of the U Católica del Maule, Diego Durán, the rector of the U. Federico Santa María, Darcy Fuenzalida and the rector of the U. de La Frontera, Sergio Bravo.
“As every year, our purpose is to make this relevant information known as far in advance as possible to all students who are preparing to access university higher education, so that they have this background that allows them to perform expeditiously and with certainty in the different stages of the admission process ”, explained the rector Valle.
Among these milestones, it should be noted that the registration stage to take the PSU will begin next Monday, June 15 and will run until Friday, July 31. That is, there will be a period of a month and a half to be able to register via the internet.
On the other hand, the surrender of the PSU will be on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, 2015. As usual, the Language and Communication test will be taken at 9:00 a.m. on the first day, and at 2:00 p.m. 30 hours, the science test. The next day, also at 9:00 a.m., the Mathematics test will be taken and, in the afternoon (2:30 p.m.), the History, Geography and Social Sciences test.
As for the application period, it will begin on Sunday, December 27 and will run until Thursday, December 31. That is, students will have five days to apply. With respect to last year there will be one more day to apply, which welcomes a need expressed by the applicants themselves.
“This longer period to apply is a response to a concern that students expressed in the year that just passed and that was also verified by the Single Admission System. Here is an effort so that this process, which is undoubtedly highly complex and requires coordination between the Ministry of Education, DEMRE and the universities, can be carried out in a better way on the part of the students, because it is about making decisions that they are not simple and having an additional day will allow them to resolve better, more calmly ”, explained Aldo Valle, also rector of the University of Valparaíso.
The detail of the calendar, which contains each of the stages of the 2016 admission process, is available from today on the website of the Single Admission System of the Council of Rectors and also on the DEMRE website.
Also starting today, the syllabi of each of the University Selection Tests will be available on both web pages. In this regard, the rector Valle pointed out that although there are modifications regarding the previous processes, “it is not possible to speak of changes in the contents, since the school system goes before the PSU. In 2009 the process of curricular modification began in secondary education and it was established that the adaptation of the PSU to these changes would be gradual and precisely this year that transition ends, so we can ensure that all the contents of the test are in the The school curriculum and the PSU the only thing it has done is adapt, because if it didn't, in that case there would be a problem ”.
Another aspect that should be noted is that in the PSU this year there will again be no discount for wrong questions. This measure, which was incorporated last year, implies that only the correct questions are considered for the calculation of the corrected score. The 5 piloting questions are also kept in all tests.
Grade Ranking Adjustments
Another issue that was addressed in the presentation was the adjustments to the calculation formula of the Grade Level Ranking for this year, which was announced in August 2014. Until the previous process, the formula to calculate the ranking only considered the educational establishment of the which the student graduated in 4th grade, but from this admission process the complete school career will be considered. This modification implies that for the calculation of the Ranking Score, all the establishments in which the student attended High School will be considered.
This adjustment will eliminate the incentive to change schools in the last year of Secondary Education (4th Secondary) to improve the ranking score, allowing a more precise evaluation of the student's performance in its relative context, which is consistent with the spirit of this selection factor.
Regarding the number of students who changed establishments in the last admission process, Angélica Bosch, executive director of the Unified Admission System, pointed out that “the information we obtained was that in 2014 there were 6,500 students nationwide who they changed schools, but that does not necessarily mean that they did it because of the ranking. We were able to detect that there were 1,500 cases in which they were students from schools in which there were a significant number of changes and, of these, 770 correspond to students from emblematic establishments ”.
Meanwhile, Aldo Valle explained that “the main element that gives meaning to the ranking is to reward merit, effort and talent in the same socio-educational context and when a student moves to another establishment to improve their results, that objective is not met. This measure seeks to inhibit the willingness to change in the last year of high school and thus avoid the unwanted effect of reducing the possibilities of other students who do not change school or high school ”.