New tech­nol­ogy in­tro­duced to GAT

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In­stan­ta­neous mark­ing sys­tems are be­ing used for the up­com­ing Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion Tests. This means that once a stu­dent give their ex­ams, ex­am­in­ers will load it into the ma­chine and get their scores right away. This is be­ing re­ferred to as the “glass” tech­nol­ogy.

Each year about 40,000 to 45,000 high school grad­u­ates take the ex­am­i­na­tion. The in­tro­duc­tion of this sys­tem saves much time and money for the coun­try, fam­i­lies, soum and prov­inces ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

The prepa­ra­tions for the Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion Tests for the school year 2019-2020 started ear­lier than ex­pected. On­line reg­is­tra­tions for the ex­am­i­na­tions open in Fe­bru­ary. This year, the reg­is­tra­tions will be open­ing at the same time, how­ever, the or­ga­niz­ers are see­ing some changes and experts from the Ed­u­ca­tion Eval­u­a­tion Cen­ter have been hard at work to im­prove the fair­ness and qual­ity of the tests.

For years, the in­tro­duc­tion of a glass sys­tem was be­ing dis­cussed, but was never im­ple­mented due to in­suf­fi­cient funds. The new sys­tem is fi­nally be­ing im­ple­mented and is be­ing put into ac­tion through Asian Devel­op­ment Bank fund­ing. In 2019, the glass tech­nol­ogy will be used in ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas alike.

Through the pro­ject, the Ed­u­ca­tion Eval­u­a­tion Cen­ter started in­tro­duc­ing the sys­tem to gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion schools in Ulaan­baatar be­gin­ning last Fri­day. Teach­ers of gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion schools are be­ing taught about how the sys­tem will work and ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion they need to know about the tech­nol­ogy.

The same in­tro­duc­tory meet­ings will take place for sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers in the prov­inces start­ing De­cem­ber 9.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Ed­u­ca­tion Eval­u­a­tion Cen­ter has been or­ga­niz­ing the Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion Tests since 2006. Ac­cord­ing to the cen­ter, most of the com­plaints that they re­ceive are caused by those who are not sat­is­fied with their scores, while most say that the tests are im­prov­ing to en­sure fair­ness and weed out cheaters. When such a case oc­curs, the stu­dents’ scores are in­spected and eval­u­ated again to en­sure that there are no mix ups.

Nonethe­less, this prob­lem is be­ing re­solved through the in­tro­duc­tion of the new sys­tems ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­tor of the Ed­u­ca­tion Eval­u­a­tion Cen­ter J.Gan-Er­dene.

“As of now, we have 30 ma­chines for eval­u­a­tions. We as­sumed that we might need a few in re­serve for each prov­ince in case any­thing goes wrong and or­dered 50 more ma­chines. Thus, we will or­ga­nize the Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion Tests with 80 ma­chines in to­tal in 2019. Due to how the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem was trans­formed, we have fewer grad­u­ates than nor­mal this year. Ap­prox­i­mately 16,000 stu­dents will give the ex­ams. In ad­di­tion to this, about 4,000 grad­u­ates from last year will be tak­ing the ex­ams, so there will be about a to­tal of 20,000 exam tak­ers this year. This is why we thought that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sys­tem was ideal this year since the num­ber of peo­ple tak­ing the ex­ams is half the av­er­age size.”

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