The examination process in 2020 has become more challenging than ever before due to the pandemic. To ensure the safety of the examinees, implement public health measures and avoid COVID-19 transmission, recommendations related to the new coronavirus had been adopted. The recommendations were adopted by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. These recommendations were strictly followed by the National Assessment and Examinations Center.
The Unified National Examinations
The Unified National Examinations 2020 started on July 6th and ended on July 25th. It was administered in 24 examination centers established all over Georgia: Tbilisi, Batumi, Poti, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Gori, Rustavi, Telavi, and Khulo. The number of applicants for the United National Examinations was more than 39 300 and approximately 94% of the applicants took the Unified National Examinations.
The results have already been published and the appeal process has also been finished. After the publication of the appeal results, the entrants were able to make changes in the list of programs of their choice depending on the university ratings and according to their exam scores.
The enrollments and information about the government grants were announced on August 31. 29 614 entrants will continue studying at higher education institutions and almost 6 550 of them will receive the government grant. More than 1 000 applicants will receive 100% funding, almost 1 500 applicants will receive 70% funding, and more than 4 000 applicants will receive 50% funding. The entrants should register in the higher education institutions to continue studying.
The Students’ Grant Competition
The number of applicants registered for the Student Grant Competition was more than 3 600 and their 78% participated in the Student Grant Competition. The competition was held on July 25th. The results were announced in the first half of August.
If the student doesn’t improve their grant they still maintain their current funding and have a right to register for the following years’ competition.
The Master’s Graduate Entry Examinations
The Master’s Graduate Entry Examinations started on August 1st and finished on August 4th. More than 12,600 applicants were registered and 87% of the applicants took the exam.
After passing the Master’s Graduate Entry Examinations, applicants take a specialty exam directly in their respective higher education institutions.
Unlike previous years, this year entrants for the Master’s Graduate Entry Examinations took only one type of test, this completely eliminates the problems associated with the choice of educational programs and mobility.
The results have already been announced and the appeal process continues from august 27 to September 2.
The Teacher Certification Examinations
The Teacher certification examinations for the beginning teachers started on July 22nd and finished on July 30. Up to 12 000 applicants were registered for the subject examinations this year and 88% participated in the exam. The results have already been announced and the appeal process has been finished as well.
The examination centers were located in the following cities: Batumi, Poti, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Gori, Tbilisi, Rustavi, and Telavi.
According to the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, the teacher certification examinations for the practicing teachers has been postponed and will be conducted in autumn by the National Assessment and Examinations Center.
The pandemic situation in the country hasn’t worsened due to the examinations 2020.