The State – run University of Liberia (UL) has hailed as significant improvement, the results of its 2019 second entrance and placement exams with 1,982 candidates making regular or provisional pass from a total of 4,541 candidates that sat the test.
Releasing the report on UL’s Capitol Hill campus Tuesday morning, 20 August in Monrovia, UL Vice President for Relations Mr. Norris Tweah said the results could mean that students are studying hard or the education system of the country is getting better.
“There are several reasons why. I think students are also studying hard and the Testing Center is also making some of the previous exams papers available to test takers who come to register and encourage them to study hard. I mean, also it could be that the educational system of the country is gradually getting better. I mean we’ll need more evidence to showcase,” he says.
Mr. Tweah says the University is very pleased for the first time in a long time that it has a passage rate of over 40 percent when the provisional passage and the regular passage are combined.
He states that the results from the last entrance at the University showed that only 13.2 candidates passed, arguing that a 43 percent pass [for the latest entrance] is a significant improvement for UL.“We are not going to compromise our testing passing threshold just because we want to admit students … The route to matriculation is sitting and passing our entrance and placement exams,” says Mr. Tweah.
According to Mr. Tweah, all the students who have passed the entrance will be admitted for the first academic semester in September 2019 once they meet all of the admission requirements.He asserts that the students who will be admitted next semester will be part of the centennial class, in terms of the admission process.
UL is observing its centennial commencement convocation this December.Additionally, Mr. Tweah states that previous exams papers are made available to candidates when they go to register for the exams as a way of encouraging them to study hard.
In a powerpoint presentation, the Executive Director for UL Center for Testing and Evaluation Asst. Prof. Moses S.E. Hinneh, Jr., reports that a total of 4,628 candidates registered for the entrance from the undergraduate colleges, Sinje vocational College and the College of General Studies.
Of this number, he says 4,544 or 98.18 percent candidates turned out while 84 candidates or 1.8 percent were absent.Out of the 4,544 candidates that sat the exams, three candidates were disqualified for examination malpractices, leaving a total of 4,541 candidates to sit the exams.
Of the 4,541 candidates, Mr. Hinneh indicates that 461 or 10.15 candidates made a provisional pass, while 1,521 or 33.49 candidates made a regular pass.He details that 2,559 candidates constituting 56.35 percent were unsuccessful.“This also means that one thousand, nine hundred eighty – two candidates (1,982 or 43.65%) candidates either made a Regular Pass or a Provisional Pass,” he says.
The head of the Testing Center says 285 candidates registered for the Graduate School Entrance Exams, but 12 of these candidates (4.21%) were absent.He notes that 273 candidates sat the exams, out of which 178 or 65.20 percent candidates are successful while 95 or 34.80% are unsuccessful.According to Mr. Hinneh, 112 or 62.92 percent of the successful candidates for the Graduate School are males while 66 or 37.08 percent of them are females.
Mr. Hinneh observes that students have been harboring fears for the entrance exams, especially for mathematics.However, he reveals that to boost candidates’ confidence, the Testing Center has always encouraged students to study test questions from previous exams in preparation for upcoming exams.“The topics will not change, but the question will change, that’s the whole thing from now on as I will continue to be at the testing center. The students, we want to make the students to know that if you study, you will pass,” he says. By Winston W. Parley