Over 866,000 candidates sit 2017 national high school exam

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Candidates in discussion after finishing their Literature test - the first test under the 2017 national high school exam on the morning of June 22. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – More than 866,000 students nationwide on June 22 officially began the 2017 national high school exam - the largest test of the year - to obtain results for high school graduation and admission to colleges.

The national exam, a combination of the two previously separate high school graduation and university entrance exams, was first implemented in 2015 and has been adjusted continuously in the following years by the Ministry of Education and Training to better serve the purpose of the exams and to suit the actual conditions, with the aim of reducing pressure on students and society.

This year is the first year the national exam is assigned to be hosted at venues held in 63 cities and provinces across the country. The exam consists of 2.5 exam days, taking place from June 22 to 24.

This is also the first year, the exam has been developed and organised in a new way: except for the Literature test, in the essay form, the remaining tests - Foreign Languages, Natural Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) and Social Sciences (History, Geography, and Citizen Education) - are in the form of questionnaire tests.

Localities have set up 63 exam councils to actively organise local examinations. There are a total of 2,364 exam venues, with 36,832 exam rooms and about 90,000 staff and teachers mobilised to serve the exams. Of which, nearly 40,000 are from universities and colleges, reduced by 20,000 people compared to last year.

According to the regulations, each examination room will have 24 candidates and each candidate will have a separate test code for all of their questionnaire tests.

The education ministry has established ten working missions and set up permanent inspection teams tasked with supervising exam activities at venues nationwide.

In Hanoi, where nearly 73,000 candidates (the nation’s highest number) are registered to sit the exam, the capital city's Steering Committee for Examination and Enrolment established 112 exam venues in 30 districts, with 3,057 rooms and approximately 6,700 staff mobilised to serve the exam’s activities.

Nguyen Huu Do, Director of Hanoi Education and Training Department, said that the city’s Steering Committee has directed and assigned specific tasks to each department, sector and district, while collaborating with 12 institutes and universities in the city in order to implement the exam seriously.

All work related to the security, safety and regulations of the exams have been carried out in accordance with the regulations from the Ministry of Education and Training, he said, adding that the city has its own plan developed with the cooperation of the police to ensure that the exams are safe and conducted in a serious manner.

Hanoi City's Examination and Enrolment Steering Committee has coordinated with Hanoi University of Technology to set up a council to organise the printing of the test’s questions for Hanoian candidates. The entire copy-printing process has been verified and certified as meeting the security requirements.

The 2017 Exam Support Campaign, organised by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Ministry of Education and Training, is being held in 63/63 provinces and cities across the country to support students over the exam period. Over 600 support teams have been established, with over 22,000 volunteers, carrying out a variety of practical activities to support candidates and their relatives during the exams.

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (right) encourages students after completing the Literacy test in Can Tho. (Credit: VGP)

On Thursday morning, at Bui Huu Nghia High School in Can Tho City, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam met with and encouraged students after they finished their Literature test – the first test of this year’s exam.

The deputy PM said that preparations for this year’s high school exam across all districts were comprehensively carried out, with close cooperation with universities, thus creating trust in the people and the society.

The quality of candidates' tests must wait until the conclusion of the exam but the stress on their psychology has been less than in previous years, as they are tested at a familiar exam venue – the schools where they study - helping to reduce fatigue, as previously parents and students had to move too far to sit the exam.

"We have to create the most favourable conditions for candidates, not to let them be affected for any reason," Deputy PM Dam stressed when talking to officials on duty at the high school.

After the end of their Literature test, when meeting with the deputy PM, many contestants expressed their confidence in obtaining good results, saying that the questions in the test are quite suitable for their capability.

The government official advised the students to remain calm and confident in order to complete their next tests with the best results.

A candidate shares her cheerfulness with a relative after finishing her Literature test on Thursday morning. (Credit: NDO)

Students at Hue High School for the Gifted finish their first test. (Credit: NDO)

A candidate enters examination room at Tran Nhan Tong High School in Hanoi. (Credit: NDO)

Students exchange after finishing Literature test at Tran Phu High School in Da Nang. (Credit: NDO)

A candidate and volunteer students discuss after Math test on Thursday afternoon. (Credit: NDO)

Students share their cheerfulness after finishing the first exam day. (Credit: NDO)