The Jakarta Post
Around 860,000 senior high school graduates on Tuesday are taking the Joint Entrance Test for State Universities (SBMPTN) held simultaneously across Indonesia to secure a seat in one of the 85 state universities across the country.
This year’s exam is also the first time for the SBMPTN committee to use Android phones to deliver the entrance test.
“This year, we will use Android phones for a limited number of participants in Bandung, West Java,” said SBMPTN committee head Ravik Karsidi as quoted by Antara on Tuesday.
Ravik said 26,181 participants joined the computer-based entrance test this year, including 1,000 students who used Android phones to take their exam. Meanwhile, 833,820 students used the usual paper-based test.
SBMPTN committee Android team head Tri Hanggono Ahmad said the participants taking the Android-based SBMPTN would use their own Android phones, which had been registered with the entrance test’s committee.
“So, these [the phones] don’t need to be [confiscated],” Tri said.
He further explained that test participants using their Android phones first needed to download the questions onto their gadgets when the test began. (hol/ebf)