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Jakarta Post

Changes to university admissions worry students

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  12:36 am

Planned changes to the state university entrance test (SBMPTN) for next year are worrying many students, including 18-year-old Cholidiyyah Salsabilla, or Billa.Billa is currently taking a gap year after failing to enroll at a state university earlier this year. Like more than 500,000 other test-takers, Billa is determined to do better next year. She has vowed to get at least 600 points in next year’s exam, a figure she thought would be enough to get her into the psychology department at a state university in Surabaya, East Java.The planned procedural changes in the entrance test, however, have her worried.The government announced on Friday that students would only be given one chance to take the computer-based exam (UTBK) next year, instead of two times like in 2019. The UTBK score determines which universities and majors the test-takers can apply to.Previously, the UTBK was carried ou...