Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Universities Will Set Their Own Exams to Find the Brightest

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Universities Will Set Their Own Exams to Find the Brightest

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Byline: SAM LYON

UNIVERSITIES are to launch their own entrance exams in the latest blow to the credibility of A-levels.

Teenagers face an examination designed to highlight the brightest students. The generic test will be piloted in September among 1,500 sixth formers. They will sit a three-part test at the same time as their AS-level examinations, taken a full school year before going to university.

It comprises 96 multiple-choice questions testing quantitative and formal reasoning, critical reasoning and verbal and plausible reasoning.

The results of the pilot scheme will be assessed against the students' first-year university examinations, in three years' time, before being introduced nationwide in 2008. The new tests would mean university admissions are based on actual exam results rather than on predicted grades. The move comes after criticism by university vice-chancellors that the current system of using predicted A-level results does not work. …

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