The final assessment is the final examination at schools, and UNT is entrance exam to universities

‘We remind you that the final assessment is the final examination at schools, and UNT is entrance exam to universities. Final assessment of students in 11 grade will be held in the form of final examinations at school in 5 subjects, including 4 compulsory (mother tongue, second language, algebra and elements of analysis, history of Kazakhstan) and 16 elective subject with regard to their learning profile (SHD — social-humanitarian direction, NMD — naturally-mathematical direction)’, — the Agency said.

The MES noted that all the exams, including testing will be conducted on the basis of school by the place of learning of students.

So, final assessment at schools will be conducted in the following subjects:

  1. Mother tongue and literature (in the form of essays);
  2. Kazakh language at schools with Russian, Uzbek, Uighur and Tajik languages of learning. Russian language at schools with Kazakh as the language of training (testing);
  3. History of Kazakhstan (viva exam);
  4. Algebra and elements of analysis (written);
  5. Elective subject (physics, chemistry, biology, geography, geometry, world history, literature, computer science, foreign language (English, French, German) in the form of testing.

‘The terms of the final assessment will be established by order of Ministry ‘On the end of the 2016-2017 school year’ (until 30 April 2017). Provisionally from 29 May to 9 June 2017’ — the Ministry noted.

In addition, all materials of the final assessment will be prepared and delivered by the National Testing Centre to the departments of education, departments of education and schools. Evaluation of written and viva exams and the answer sheets of the test will be checked at school examination board based on their codes of correct answers.

As for UNT, Bakytzhan Sagintayev emphasized the need to organize the preparatory work at a high level. During the meeting the new format of the test was presented, which was proposed to make the examination for admission to universities.

‘Since 2017, the form of the UNT assumes 120 questions and all 120 questions are taken into account. The maximum score is 140, because there are questions where you can gain 2 points. That is, UNT slowly migrates to the CAT. The duration of the test is 3 hours and 30 minutes, it has not changed, the pass mark is 50, it also remains unchanged. The questions will be on five subjects, including 3 compulsory and 2 profile’, — the Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan Yerlan Sagadiyev said.

The Minister said that the Agency has worked to split the final assessment — it will now exist in the form of graduation examinations at schools and UNT as entrance examination to universities. Final examination is scheduled in five subjects, including 4 compulsory and 1 elective. Yerlan Sagadiyev commented the proposal to exclude ‘History of Kazakhstan’ from the list of compulsory subject.

‘Indeed, it is passed 2 times at present: at school and at UNT. Position of MES: we believe it is necessary to leave, because according to public opinion, the subject is very important and it needs to be in this test. Secondly, to free the owners of the sign ‘Altyn belgi’ and winners of various Olympiads, contests and scientific projects. We also did not support this offer’, — Yerlan Sagadiyev said.