Another exam, anyone?

ANU has today announced a new form of alternative admission. Students who receive a UAI of 65 or over can increase their chances of admission by sitting a 150-minute exam on 19 January 2007 (sample questions here – they look pretty similar to the US GRE). Since we typically fill all our spots, the other way of thinking about it is that students who do not sit the optional exam now have a lower chance of admission than in the past.

Other ANU special entry schemes include:

  • Special Adult Entry Scheme (for applicants aged over 21)
  • Indigenous Australian Admissions Scheme
  • Countrywide Access Scheme
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5 Responses to Another exam, anyone?

  1. Is this a no risk strategy?

    Are candidates final ANU entry scores equal to a weighted sum of their ENTER scores and their ANU entrance test scores, with people who don’t sit the exam being allocated a zero mark?

    Alternatively, is the ANU entrance score the maximum of the ENTER score and some weighted sum of the ENTER score and the ANU entrance test score?

    Or is there a risk that applicants might fall in the rankings if they do badly on the test?

  2. Though ANU could not fill all its place this year, which is probably why they have taken this step.

    As I recall it, you are guaranteed to get into ANU if you have an ENTER of 75 or above, so this is for people in the 65-74 range.

  3. Alistair says:

    Could this be the start of something like SATs for all Australian unis? I know from looking at US unis that for most of them you need SAT 1 and for the bigger ones SAT II (like Brown, Yale and Harvard)

    Andrew, what do you think? Is this a shift to a more US style education admission program that comprises of more than just your UAI score, like essays, personal statements and recommendations?

    However I dread the thought of the application process for the US in a years time…


  4. Christine says:

    Might be quite interesting to see how many take advantage of the opportunity, and how many decide that they don’t care enough about going to ANU and can go elsewhere. Especially in the first couple of years when you’ve got no idea whether sitting the test might help or hurt you.

    Also, presumably this sort of test would benefit students who are quite smart but don’t work particularly hard. Is that what universities should be encouraging? Might it change the male-female mix, if the thesis that the current enrolment gap is due to women doing well in school based assessment/getting their work done on time, while boys tend to cram?

    Is the idea that this would help smart kids from relatively weak schools? (I don’t know enough about the entrance system at the moment to be able to say, but the statement that ANU is doing this ‘on equity grounds’ suggests it’s the case.)

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