Entrance exami­nation for univer­sities of applied sciences to be carried out in two stages

Entrance exami­nation for univer­sities of applied sciences to be carried out in two stages

The entrance exami­na­tions for univer­sities of applied sciences will be carried out in June in two separate stages. The stage one entrance exami­nation date is 4 June. This will be held remotely as an online exam. The date and method of imple­men­tation for the second stage will be announced later in May.

The university of applied sciences entrance exami­nation is being carried out in two stages in order to verify the identity of the candi­dates. This is important to prevent cheating. If any cheating is detected, the person’s exam will be rejected.

The first stage of the entrance exami­nation is open to all appli­cants who were not accepted for their top choice through the certificate-based admis­sions. The results for the certificate-based admis­sions will be published no later than 27 May.

The applicant needs a functioning computer and internet connection to complete the entrance examination.

The most successful appli­cants from the first stage will be invited to partic­ipate in the second stage.

Both exams assess the appli­cants’ capac­ities for higher education studies, and there are no prelim­inary material for either of them. In this respect, the arrange­ments are no different from the normal university of applied sciences entrance examination.

Univer­sities of applied sciences consider it important that appli­cants also have other routes into a degree programme besides certificate-based admis­sions. Univer­sities of applied sciences will also use the study paths of the Open University of Applied Sciences as an entrance route, as previ­ously announced. 

The univer­sities of applied sciences have worked together to develop a digital entrance exami­nation that is useful also in excep­tional circum­stances. The univer­sities will also benefit in their own admis­sions processes from the system developed.

A total of 92 000 appli­cants applied to univer­sities of applied sciences through the joint appli­cation process which ended on 1 April. Of these, 75 000 regis­tered via the joint appli­cation process for the entrance exami­nation. Tens of thousands of appli­cants are expected to take the second stage of the entrance examination.

More detailed instruc­tions regarding the exami­nation will be published on the ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website.

More infor­mation:
Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Head of Student Recruitment Pirjo Uusoksa, email: pirjo.uusoksa@karelia.fi

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Student admis­sions at univer­sities of applied sciences: questions and answers

The regula­tions and guide­lines issued by the author­ities are to be complied with when carrying out student admis­sions during the coron­avirus epidemic. This may lead to changes in the following matters.

1 How have the univer­sities of applied sciences decided to carry out student admis­sions during spring 2020?

Due to the state of emergency, changes have been made to the student admis­sions process for univer­sities of applied sciences.

Univer­sities of applied sciences will select students by means of certificate-based admis­sions and a two-stage entrance exami­nation. The test is arranged in two stages in order to verify the identity of the candi­dates. This is important to prevent cheating.

Both exams assess the appli­cants’ capac­ities for higher education studies, and there are no prelim­inary material for either of them. In this respect, the arrange­ments are no different from the normal university of applied sciences entrance examination.

The stage one entrance exami­nation date is 4 June. There will be two different exami­na­tions. Appli­cants who have regis­tered for the university of applied sciences entrance exami­nation during the joint appli­cation period will take part in the morning exam. The afternoon exami­nation is for those appli­cants who initially regis­tered for this.

The second stage exami­nation will be held on a date that will be announced in June.

2 Which appli­cants are affected?

The change to the two-stage entrance exami­nation affects appli­cants who have regis­tered for the university of applied sciences entrance exami­nation through the joint appli­cation process.

3 When will I know if I have to take the entrance examination?

The results of the certificate-based admis­sions will be available on 27 May. Appli­cants who have not been admitted to their top choice based on their school certificate will partic­ipate in the entrance exam.

Appli­cants will get more infor­mation about the entrance exam from the Studyinfo.fi

4 What is the timetable for student admis­sions to univer­sities of applied sciences?

27 May The results of the certificate-based admis­sions shall be commu­ni­cated to the appli­cants by

4 June First stage entrance examination

23 – 25 June Second stage entrance examination

15 July The results of the admis­sions not based on school certifi­cates shall be commu­ni­cated to the appli­cants by

3 pm on 22 July. The applicant must give notifi­cation of whether they will accept the study place by

3 pm on 3 August. Admission of those on the waiting list ends.

Studies start in August–September 2020

5 How the certificate-based admis­sions work

Approx­i­mately half of the study places at univer­sities of applied sciences will be filled through certificate-based admis­sions, the results of which will be ready on 27 May. The certificate-based admis­sions take into account the appli­cants’ matric­u­lation exami­nation, vocational upper secondary quali­fi­ca­tions completed on or after 1 August 2015, and inter­na­tional EB, IB and RP/DIA certificates.

The scoring models for the certificate-based admis­sions can be found on the website ammattikorkeakouluun.fi >>

You can check the programme choices for the certificate-based admis­sions on the ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website >>

6 What happens if I don’t take the entrance exami­nation myself?

By regis­tering for a remote exam, the applicant under­takes to take the entrance exam indepen­dently. This means that no person other than the applicant may take part in the entrance exami­nation. If the entrance exami­nation is not carried out indepen­dently, this counts as cheating.

After the entrance exami­nation, the university of applied sciences may request further clari­fi­cation from the applicant if there is suspicion of cheating. If the applicant is found to have cheated in some way, their entrance exami­nation is rejected (Admin­is­trative Procedure Act 434/2003, sections 31 and 50).

A right to study obtained by cheating may also be revoked after the study place has been accepted.

 

7 What does the exam require of the applicant?

The applicant must have a working computer with Internet connection. The exam software supports up-todate versions of the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari

Other modern browsers may work, as well.

You must have JavaScript and cookies enabled in your browser.

The software has been thoroughly tested with the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • macOS 10.14
  • Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS

Before the entrance exami­nation, check the infor­mation on the ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website (in Finnish or Swedish).

8 Why are univer­sities of applied sciences not carrying out student selection based on school certificate

Univer­sities of applied sciences consider it important that appli­cants also have other routes into a degree programme besides certificate-based admissions.

Univer­sities of applied sciences select approx­i­mately half of the students by selection based on school certificate. Depending on the study programme, 20–80 % of the available student places will be filled by selection based on school certificate

The number of appli­cants whose certifi­cates cannot be scored in the same way as certifi­cates for matric­u­lation exami­nation or vocational upper secondary quali­fi­ca­tions completed after 1 August 2015 is 33,000. This group includes persons with an older vocational upper secondary quali­fi­cation, a secondary level quali­fi­cation, a further vocational quali­fi­cation, a specialist vocational quali­fi­cation, a degree completed abroad or a completed upper secondary school syllabus without a matric­u­lation examination.

Extending the selection based on school certificate would not have ensured equal treatment of applicants. 

9 Why was the decision to change the entrance exams made only now?

Infor­mation available on coron­avirus and the epidemic is constantly increasing and changing. Prime Minister Sanna Mari commu­ni­cated on 22 April that the situation in Finland has changed. The country’s government is preparing to gradually dismantle the restrictive measures.

On 9 April, univer­sities of applied sciences provided infor­mation on the organ­i­sation of the entrance exami­nation as a remote exam. Since then, it has become clear that it is techni­cally difficult to organise the super­vision of a remote exam for tens of thousands of appli­cants in a reliable manner. For this reason, the univer­sities of applied sciences decided on carrying out a two-stage test.

10 Is the solution now chosen fair and legal for all applicants?

The decision to carry out the entrance exams in two stages gives all appli­cants the oppor­tunity to aim for a study place. Issues of equality and legality are examined very carefully at all stages of the decision making process.

11 What should an applicant do now?

The changes do not require any action from the appli­cants at this stage.

After the certificate-based admis­sions, applicant should check the time of the entrance exam on 4 June and take this first stage entrance examination

The changes will be commu­ni­cated on Studyinfo, the Ammattikorkeakouluun.fi website and the website of the univer­sities of applied sciences. In addition, appli­cants are requested to follow the email address given in Studyinfo.