Univer­sity coun­cil launches new ad­mis­sion sys­tem


The Coun­cil of Univer­sity Pres­i­dents of Thai­land (CUPT) of­fi­cially launched its new univer­sity ad­mis­sions sys­tem called Thai Univer­sity Cen­tral Ad­mis­sion Sys­tem (TCAS), which will take ef­fect from the 2018 aca­demic year.

Un­der the new sys­tem, high school stu­dents will be given five rounds in which to com­pete for univer­sity seats.

TCAS aims to en­sure more equal­ity among those vy­ing for univer­sity seats by giv­ing each suc­cess­ful can­di­date only one chance to con­firm whether they want to be ad­mit­ted to a de­part­ment that has of­fered them a place, said CUPT chair­man Suchatvee Suwan­sawat.

Stu­dents must first for­feit the place they gained in the first round be­fore try­ing their luck in the sec­ond round, or their new en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion will be in­valid.

Mr Suchatvee said this will help avoid sit­u­a­tions in which stu­dents who have se­cured univer­sity places un­fairly block oth­ers from se­cur­ing a place, as they ex­plore their univer­sity place­ment op­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to CUPT, 54 uni­ver­si­ties na­tion­wide will join TCAS in the 2018 aca­demic year and 206,506 places will be avail­able for those who are about to fin­ish high school via the sys­tem. “Stu­dents will be given five rounds in which to com­pete for univer­sity places; they can choose to ap­ply dur­ing each round,” CUPT chair­man said.

The first round is a quota method in which stu­dents’ records, or their “port­fo­lios”, will be con­sid­ered by uni­ver­si­ties as the main en­trance cri­te­ria, with no writ­ten exam. The sec­ond round is an­other quota method for gifted stu­dents where the uni­ver­si­ties will also have writ­ten tests in their se­lec­tion process.

The third round is called the “joint di­rect ad­mis­sion” in which stu­dents will have to sit for cen­tral ex­ams or­gan­ised by the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tional Test­ing Ser­vice. The tests in­clude Or­di­nary Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tional Test (O-Net), Gen­eral Ap­ti­tude Test (Gat), Pro­fes­sional Ap­ti­tude Test (Pat) and na­tional nine core sub­ject ex­am­i­na­tions. Can­di­dates are al­lowed to choose four de­part­ment op­tions.

The fourth is a “gen­eral ad­mis­sion” where the tests are sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous ad­mis­sion sys­tem which stu­dents are again al­lowed four de­part­ment choices. The last round is called “in­de­pen­dent di­rect ad­mis­sion” which al­lows uni­ver­si­ties to use their own cri­te­ria to ad­mit stu­dents.

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