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High school graduates buckle up for tests

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 15 2019   /  12:57 am

The gates have been opened. The joint entrance test for state universities (SBMPTN) starts on Monday and closes on June 24 for some 2.4 million senior high school graduates churned out by senior high schools this year.State universities are still the favorite choices due to their relatively affordable cost and better quality when compared to private ones despite a change in intake procedures starting this year.At least 1.2 million students sat computer-based exams (UTBK) which were held during weekends in two batches on April 13 to May 4 and May 11 to 26. A student’s UTBK score determines which university and major he or she can apply to.Admission through the SBMPTN itself is not an easy feat. In 2018, there were some 2.9 million senior high school graduates, of which 860,001 took part in SBMPTN and only 165,831 were admitted into state universities.The SBMPTN is the second chance for ...