60% OF GRANTS ALLOCATED FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL SPECIALTIES
May 23, 2023 – 09:09
It was announced by the Vice Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kuanysh Yergaliyev at a briefing held at the site of the Central Communications Service. Recall that on May 18, the main UNT-2023 began, which will last until July 5. More than 166 thousand applicants submitted 305 thousand applications, taking into account two attempts. Of these, 75% of those who pass the UNT expressed a desire to be tested in the Kazakh language, 25% – in Russian, 243 people – in English.
By decision of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2023, all applicants were given the opportunity to pass the main UNT twice and take part in the competition for awarding grants with the best result.
“On behalf of the Head of State, Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev, 60% of all grants were allocated for engineering and technical specialties. The total number of educational grants allocated for training at all levels of higher and postgraduate education is 88 thousand. Of these, 73,000 grants were allocated for undergraduate studies, 13,000 grants for graduate studies, and 1,890 grants for doctoral studies,” said Kuanysh Yergaliyev, Vice Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
There are no changes in the testing format. The number of subjects remains the same – three compulsory and two optional, in total 120 test items. The maximum number of points is 140. The total testing time is 4 hours (240 minutes). There will also be an additional 40 minutes for children with special educational needs.
There are changes in the structure of UNT test items. The profile department decided to reduce the number of distractors (answer options) in test items. In test items with one correct answer, the number of options has been reduced from five to four, in test items with one or more correct answers (no more than three correct answers), the number of options has been reduced from eight to six.
From the 2022-2023 academic year, the subject “Informatics” has been included in the list of combinations of profile subjects of the UNT. In this regard, those entering the groups of educational programs “Training teachers of computer science”, “Information technologies”, “Information security” pass the UNT in the combination “Mathematics-Informatics”.
In order to ensure academic integrity, the principle of “1 computer – 2 cameras – 1 test-taker” is maintained. It is also worth noting that test variants have been marked since last year. That is, each UNT participant will have their own personal version of the test.
“At the test itself, the participants who pass the “Computer Science” in Russian will have a translation of the terms in Kazakh and English, those who pass in Kazakh – in Russian and English, those who pass in English – in Kazakh and Russian. In addition, a calculator, periodic table of chemical elements (Periodic Table of Chemical Elements) and salt solubility will be available on computer screens at the UNT. Taking into account the opinions and desires of applicants, at the main UNT, the applicant will be given a paper version of the periodic table and the solubility of salts. After completion of testing for each subject, a thematic analysis will be available. It will allow you to see not only the test results, but also the topics on which mistakes were made, which in turn will allow you to better prepare for the second UNT attempt, ”said Ruslan Emelbaev, director of the National Testing Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Applicants can file an appeal within 30 minutes after completing the test. The certificate will be available in the personal account of the tested person after the decision on the appeal is made.
The threshold score has not changed: for admission to the areas of “Law” and “Pedagogical sciences” you need to score at least 75 points, “Health and social security (medicine)” – at least 70 points, “Agriculture and bioresources”, “Veterinary” − at least 60 points; for admission to national universities – at least 65 points, to other universities – at least 50 points.