More than 40,000 Catalan students appear for the post-pandemic selectivity

A total of 40,557 Catalan students As of this Tuesday, they will carry out the university entrance exams (PAU), the dreaded selectivity. This year, after the emergency phase caused by the coronavirus pandemic has passed, the exams recover the three-day format (June 14, 15 and 16) instead of the four of the ‘covid stage’. The use of face mask It is not mandatory but, given that the tests are carried out in closed spaces with a large number of people concentrated, the health authorities have recommended that students wear the mask for the duration of the exam, both inside the classroom and when accessing it and in the hallways.

At the academic level, the adaptations agreed in the 2020 call are maintained, which make the optional in the choice of questions by the student. The Department of Universities justifies this measure, adopted during the pandemic, because given that at the beginning of this academic year 21-22 there were still covid measures in educational centers and it was not known in what health context the PAUs would take place, it has been decided to maintain this system so as not to change the rules of the game. Students have detailed information on flexibility in each subject in the University Channel.

A novelty in this edition is that students must fill out an anonymous form before starting the tests, specifying in what idiom want to take the exams: Catalan, Spanish or Aranese. In this way, the ruling of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) that declared the 2021 selectivity instructions null and void, when students were asked to say by a show of hands who wanted the exam in Spanish.

In this edition, there 207 courts distributed throughout Catalonia, most of them on university campuses of the University of Barcelona, ​​the Autonomous University, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Pompeu Fabra University, the University of Girona, the University of Lleida and the Rovira i Virgili University, as well as in some institutes where other years have taken PAU exams. Students can consult the court where they have to be examined as well as their location in the court. Portal d’access to the university.

79% pass rate in high school

Of the 40,557 students enrolled in the PAU, 32,172 are students who have finished high school, a figure slightly higher than that of 2021, when there were 31,821. The percentage of passing high school is also similar: this course of the 46,486 students enrolled in the second year of high school there are 79.03% approved, compared to 79.86% last year, when there were 46,194 enrolled.

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With regard to the rest of the young people who will take the PAU, 4,612 are free enrollment (coming from high school from other years who did not do the selectivity, who want to improve their grade or who are only examined in the specific phase); and 3,773 come from higher level training cycles that are examined in some subject of the specific phase).

Selectivity is divided into two phases: general, compulsory and which consists of five exams, and the specific, which is voluntary and serves to raise grades. In the general phase, students are examined in four common subjects (Catalan Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Foreign Language and History) and one subject to choose from among the common option subjects (Fundamentals of the Arts, Latin, Mathematics and Mathematics applied to social sciences). In the specific phase, students are examined in up to three modality subjects that they choose from 22 subjects. With the two best grades, once weighted, the university admission grade is calculated, which can reach up to 14 points. The results of the exams can be consulted from June 29.

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