Testing Times: Armenia sees dwindling number of university applicants

This year the number of students applying for Armenian universities has decreased. A total of 11,803 entrants have applied on the first stage of the admission program, which is by 500 people fewer than the previous year. Private universities, meanwhile, have about 50 fewer applicants.

Meanwhile, 900 people have applied for the second stage of admission which is 120 people more than during the previous year, said Gagik Melikyan, the head of the republican admission commission for 2015-2016 academic year studies at state-run and commercial universities.

Meanwhile, he mentioned that Arts University applicants who take intercollegiate admission examinations are not included in the list. One third of the applications was submitted from Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, the rest from regions and Nagorno-Karabakh).

Applicants took exams mostly in math, English and Armenian languages Nine percent of all applicants did not show up for the exams. Sixty-four applicants did not finish the exams for health reasons. They will be allowed to re-sit the same exam during the extra stage of the process. Six Applicants were removed from the exams.

Most unsatisfactory marks were received by applicants in the Russian language exame, approximately 25 percent of them, followed by exams in biology and physics (nearly 20 percent).

Melikyan also mentioned that 34 examination centers were formed to organize the process, 10 of which were formed in Yerevan, the rest in the provinces.

According to Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan, who is also the head of the Committee, highly evaluated the organization of the main stage of the examinations, which, he said, makes it possible to expect the same from the extra stage of examinations that start on July 3.