Unified Masters Examinations Have Started

The Unified Masters Exam will be conducted from the 27th until the 30th of July. More than 12,800 people have expressed their desire to take the Unified Masters Examinations this year. 25 exam centers throughout Georgia will serve the examinees.

The detailed information about the address of the examination center, the date of the examination and the time of registration is indicated on the examination card. The card can be printed from the page: online.naec.ge

The special teacher subject exam will be completed on the 27th of July. This year, this exam is held for the first time and more than 2,800 applicants have registered for it.

Additional examination sessions are being conducted for examinees who were unable to take exams on time due to the Covid-19 diagnoses. Only one additional session is scheduled in each subject.

The examination process is carried out in full compliance with the recommendations set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia. Examinees and invigilators are only allowed in 50% of the area of ​​each examination sector. Each desk is equipped with a transparent protective barrier from the front. The distance between the tables is maintained. Wearing a face mask is mandatory throughout the examination process. Air conditioners are switched on at temperatures above 30 ° C. The center also has special spaces for those who have a temperature this year.

The marking process has already started, the results will be published in August.

Additional Exam Sessions for Covid-19 Recovered Applicants

An additional Georgian language and literature exam session will be conducted on July 21 for more than 100 entrants.

Additional examination sessions are scheduled for examinees who were unable to take exams on time due to the Covid-19 diagnoses. Only one additional session will be scheduled in each subject.

On July 23, more than 30 entrants will take the math exam, on July 25, more than 70 entrants will take the foreign language exam, and on July 27, up to 90 entrants will take the history exam. Dates for additional sessions scheduled for other exams will be published at naec.ge.

Today, Dr. Sophia Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Centre, is on the spot to observe the examination process in various exam centers in western Georgia.

The marking process has already begun.

The Center will start publishing the results from the first half of August.

The National Assessment and Examinations Center once again wishes good luck to the entrants and kindly reminds them about the possibility to modify the list of educational programs in their online applications until the day after the publication of the results of the appeals.

The Unified National Examinations 2021 Started Today

The examination process started simultaneously in 25 exam centers throughout Georgia on the 1st of July 09:00 AM with Georgian Language and Literature exam in two sessions.

More than 38,400 applicants are registered for the 2021 exams.

The Unified National Examinations are centralized, high-stakes and computer based. The whole process is standardized, every procedure including test development, administration, marking and appellation is in accordance with established regulations and applicants are in equal conditions. By means of valid, fair, and reliable educational assessment the NAEC contributes to the improvement of the quality of education in Georgia.

The 2021 exams will be conducted in full compliance with the recommendations set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

It is highly recommended for examinees to be present at each exam on time with an identity document and an exam card indicating the time and place of each exam. The National Assessment and Examinations Center once again kindly reminds the public that test takers will not be allowed after the registration is complete.

As in 2020, this year test takers and invigilators will be admitted to only 50% of the space of ​​each examination sector. Each desk will be equipped with a transparent protective shield / barrier from the front; The distance between the tables will be at least 2 meters, and the distance between the tables arranged in a row – 1 meter. Wearing a face mask will be mandatory throughout the examination process. Air conditioners will be switched on at temperatures above 30 ° C.

Each exam center also includes special quarantine spaces for applicants with a high temperature.

This year, the Covid-19 infected examinees will have an opportunity to take exams 14 days after recovery. Additional sessions will be conducted once per subject before the end of examination period. The list of examinees will be developed according to the information provided by the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

Emergency, Rescue and Police brigades will be patrolling around each exam center until the examination process is concluded.

Annual Meeting with Exam Center Administrators and Coordinators was Organized by the NAEC

Sophia Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center, Kakha Jamburia, the Deputy Director and the heads of the relevant departments of the NAEC discussed the latest updates in terms of safety measures during the exams.

The 2021 examination process will be conducted in full compliance with the healthcare guidelines set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

50 Administrators and Coordinators in 25 Examination Centers will be leading the examination process throughout Georgia in 2021.

The Latest Findings of International Researches (TIMSS, TALIS, PISA) Have Been Discussed During the Workshop at the NAEC

Zakaria Giunashvili, the Head of the Research and Psychometrics Group and Giorgi Ratiani, the Coordinator of the Research Group introduced the significant factors identified during the latest international research (PISA, TALIS, TIMSS) that have an impact on students’ achievement and social-emotional development.

“It is crucial to organize such gatherings. Hopefully, todays discussion will encourage education specialists and decision makers to draw more attention to the latest findings of international and national research and plan education policy accordingly. ”

Sophia Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center

The workshop was attended by the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science Ekaterine Dgebuadze, representatives from various educational institutions, as well as teachers and school principals that participated in the research. During the meeting, a discussion was held, which mainly focused on the analysis of the improved achievements of IV grade students in rural schools in Georgia that have been highlighted by Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

“The increase in results in rural schools was due to the fact that there was a complex approach based on support from the state. Teachers were given an opportunity to listen to subject trainings, at the same time they had the opportunity to include a variety of educational resources in the learning process. It is noteworthy that the culture of teacher cooperation has increased – we share our opinions, even about subject trainings, methods, strategies and we are more focused on the success of a particular student. “

Sophio Kublashvili, the director of Mukhrani №1 public school.

Research is an important direction of the National Assessment and Examinations Center. The center has been involved in international educational research (PISA, PIRLS, TIMSS, TALIS) and conducting national assessments for more than fourteen years.

The Safety Measures During the 2021 Examinations

The 2021 examination process will be conducted in full compliance with the healthcare guidelines set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

Sophia Gorgodze, the Head of the National Assessment and Examinations Center together with Nunu Mitskevich, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, and Paata Imnadze, Deputy Director of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health shared the latest updates in terms of safety measures during the exams.

In 2021, the Covid-19 infected examinees will have an opportunity to take exams 14 days after recovery. Additional sessions will be conducted once per subject before the end of examination period. The list of examinees will be developed according to the information provided by the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

Sophia Gorgodze

Similarly, to the last year:

  • examinees and invigilators will be allowed in only 50% of the area of ​​each examination sector.
  • Each desk will be equipped with a transparent protective shield / barrier from the front;
  • The distance between the tables will be at least 2 meters, and the distance between the tables arranged in a row – 1 meter.
  • Wearing a face mask will be mandatory throughout the examination process. The air conditioners will be switched on at temperatures above 30 ° C.
  • Special spaces will be arranged for applicants with a high temperature this year.

Examinees are highly recommended to follow the healthcare guidelines set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs:

Keep social distance as much as possible during the registration and examination process;  

Frequently use hand sanitizers provided by the Center.

Examinees should have an ID Card as well as an Examination Card;

Applicants are free to carry their own water in a plastic bottle, an additional face mask and a pen (gel black pen 0.5-0.7 mm, with a ball tip).

No other personal item will be allowed to minimize the risk of transmitting / spreading the disease from the items.

The National Assessment and Examinations Center wishes good luck to all of the examinees and once again kindly asks to follow the safety regulations during the 2021 exams.

2021 Examination Schedule

The director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center Dr. Sophia Gorgodze shared the detailed information about 2021 Examination Schedule with the representatives of media. According to Dr. Gorgodze, the examinees will be able to print out exam cards after the 20th of June from their personal accounts at naec.ge. The card will contain information about the date, time and an address of an exam center for each exam.  

The Unified National Examinations 2021 will be launched on the 1st of July, 2021.

Professional Qualification Exams for teachers and candidate teachers will start from the 14th of July. The Student Grant Competition will be held on the 28th of July, and the General Master’s Exam candidates will take the Master’s Exams during 27-30 July.

Detailed schedule for 2021 Exams in Georgian can be found here.

The registration statistics for 2021 Exams are as follows:

  • More than 38,400 entrants have registered for the Unified National Examinations;
  • More than 3,700 students expressed their desire to participate in the Student Grant Competition;
  • More than 12,800 master’s degree candidates have registered for the General Master’s Exam.
  • More than 28,700 applicants have registered for the Teacher Subject Exam, the Senior Special Teacher Exam, as well as the Subject and Professional Competencies Exam – this list includes those applicants who have registered for the Subject and / or Professional Competence Test by April 30, 2020.

Examinations 2021 will be conducted in compliance with all regulations related to the pandemic. The latest updates will be published on the Center’s web and Facebook pages.

The third Pilot of electronic testing within the project “Assessment for Development” has been completed successfully

On June 1-4 the pilot testing was conducted in about 350 schools across Georgia. The process went smoothly. Dr. Sophia Gorgodze, the director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center observed the testing process at School No. 122, in Tbilisi.

The tryout was conducted in electronic format in Georgian Language and Mathematics and was attended by fourth and sixth grade students. Both Georgian Language and Mathematics tests were performed by about 4500 students on each session of the test.

The purpose of the test is to refine the electronic report and open ended questions scoring modules and the testing format so that it meets the needs of each school in particular. Diagnostic assessment will also help schools plan the academic year accordingly.

In November 2020 more than 1000 students from all over Georgia took part in the second tryout of the system where electronic platform as well as the contents of the assignments were tested .

The National Assessment and Examinations Center started working on the project “Assessment for Development” in 2019. Its purpose is to evaluate the achievements of fourth and sixth graders with the help of an electronic platform at the end of the school year in Georgian language and literature (literacy) and mathematics (quantitative literacy).

The results will help students and parents monitor the progress made during the learning process and get information about the strengths and weaknesses of students. This project will enable schools observe the teaching-learning trends both at the individual class level and at the school level in general. It should be noted that the grade points obtained are not reflected in the student’s annual assessment.

What should the entrant consider when selecting educational programs?

The 11th International Education Fair Georgia was hosted by Expo Georgia on the 27th and 28th of May 2021. The National Assessment and Examinations Center was represented by Ms. Maia Gabunia the Head of Exam Process Management Department.

The annual event was held online for the first time in history, therefore, participants had an opportunity to attend the fair remotely for two days through a specially created website.

On the first day of the exhibition, Ms. Gabunia, provided the entrants with detailed information about the 2021 Unified National Examinations. She shared some tips and tricks on what the entrant should consider when selecting educational programs and answered the questions regarding the latest changes of the examination procedures.

IEFG has been held annually since 2010. The exhibition is visited by an average of more than 10,000 visitors each year and is attended by about 200 schools from around the world.

International Public Speaking Competition 2021

Dr. Sophia Gorgodze attended the final round of the International Public Speaking Competition and participated in judging  the participants together with other honorary jury members of the competition.

The international competition was organized by the English Speaking Union (ESU) bringing together young speakers aged 16 to 20 years. The event was attended by representatives of the competition supporting organizations, as well as the British Ambassador to Georgia – his excellency Mr. Mark Clayton and other guests from various diplomatic corps. Eight public speakers addressed the audience. This year’s topic was: “The best route to change engages all voices.”

The best three speeches were selected. Elen Basilashvili became the winner while Meri Gumushi was a runner-up and Elizaveth Metreveli got the third prize. The winner will take part in  an international grand finale organized online in London.

The first winner of the International Public Speaking Competition from Georgia became Dr. Sophia Gorgodze in 2002 and she was awarded by Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace. Dr. Gorgodze, who is now the head of the National Assessment and Examinations Center shared her personal experience with the contestants about the visit to the UK and awarding ceremony with representatives of the Royal Family.  She also recalled a chat with late Prince Phillip and talked  about importance of popularizing English Language and challenges that we have in terms of rural and urban gaps in language achievement.

Prince Philip and Dr. Sophia Gorgodze, award ceremony at Buckingham Palace

For nearly 100 years the English Speaking Union (ESU) has been promoting international friendship and understanding through the use of the English language. Initially based in London, it now has over 60 branches worldwide. As part of its work it runs many educational and cultural programmes. The ESU is a charity established by Royal Charter with Her Majesty the Queen as Patron. The former President of the ESU, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh (1957‑2012) was succeeded by HRH Princess Anne. Georgia joined the ESU in 1998 and held its official launch in 2000, with delegates from 41 countries attending the opening ceremony. The delegation was headed by Lord Watson of Richmond and Valerie Mitchell, Director-General of the ESU. ESU Georgia was founded by Marina Tsitsishvili, who had a distinguished career in establishing cultural links between Georgia and the UK.