Students searching for answers amid pandemic-driven university admissions fiasco
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Due to strict social distancing orders imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world have been forced to make major changes to their university entrance procedures.
School exam timetables have been adjusted in the UK and the U.S.,... even leading to lawsuits against exam boards.
Our Kim Yeon-seung tells more.
Students around the world are trying to wrap their heads around the pandemic-forced changes that have been made to the university admissions process.
In the UK for example, A-levels subject-based exams that are mandatory for university admissions scheduled for May and June were cancelled entirely.
Instead, students received grades predicted by an algorithm.
But for many students, the grades they received were not what they were hoping for.
"In my most recent mocks I was given A-star, A, B, B. ... And the grades that I got back from the algorithm on results day, were A, B, D, E. So I missed out on my firm uni, I missed out on my insurance uni and I currently hold no place anywhere."
A whopping 40-percent of seven-hundred-thousand students received grades that were lower than their teacher assessment marks.
In response to widespread student complaints of the downgraded scores, the government has made a U-turn and will allow teacher assessment grades as a viable alternative.
But, uncertainty surrounding university admissions is not unique to the UK.
France cancelled this year's national university entrance exam, the Baccalaureat,... for the first time in its over two-hundred-year history.
The U.S. also delayed the SATs for May and June, and turned to online testing for their Advanced Placement exams.
But, some students had trouble submitting their answers because of a system glitch.
The U.S.' governing body for college entrance exams, 'CollegeBoard', said that "less than one-percent were unable to submit their responses," but one-percent of two million tests amount to 20-thousand.
Some of the affected students have since filed a lawsuit against CollegeBoard and can only hope that the pandemic won't further hurt their chances of academic success.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News