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Offline Johnnie F.

GAT/PAT examinations: Poor overall showing by students
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:13:56 PM »
GAT/PAT examinations

Poor overall showing by students

Tests give average 39.6 out of 300 for math, less than 50% in other subjects

Thai students are failing in math and doing miserably in all other subjects on average, the national testing agency said yesterday.

The General Aptitude Test (GAT) and Professional Aptitude Test (PAT) showed, on average, that students scored only 39.64 out of 300 points in mathematics and also less than 50 per cent in all subjects.

Samphan Phranphruek, director of the National Institute of Educational Testing Service (NIETS), said an analysis of the results found there were 284,754 GAT testtakers and their average score was 130.59 out of 300 points, with 0 as the minimum and 300 the maximum.

GAT 1 had 284,739 testtakers with an average score of 80.14 points and 0 as the minimum and 150 as the maximum. GAT 2 had 284,750 testtakers averaging 50.45 points with 0 as the minimum and 150 the maximum.

The PAT1 (math) exam had 200,693 testtakers averaging 39.64 out of 300 points with 0 as the minimum and 288 the maximum. The PAT2 (science) exam had 173,048 testtakers averaging 91.59 out of 300 with 0 as the minimum and 248 the maximum. PAT3 (engineering) had 39,488 testtakers averaging 83.45 out of 300 with 32.44 as the minimum and 267 as the maximum. PAT4 (architecture) had 14,057 testtakers averaging 122.24 out of 300 with 44.53 as the minimum and 291 the maximum. PAT5 (teacher profession) had 175,548 testtakers averaging 149.43 out of 300 with 2 as the minimum and 242 the maximum. PAT6 (arts) had 22,501 testtakers averaging 135 out of 300 with 0 as the minimum and 233.50 the maximum. PAT7 with six foreign languages saw average scores ranging from 8494.45 out of 300 points.

NIETS is accepting requests to read the answer sheets until February 7 and will reveal the answer sheets on February 25.

Sompong Jitradap, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, said these GAT/PAT results were an indicator of education quality issues that weren't seriously solved.

The education system didn't teach learning and thinking processes that would help students meet the goal set by the GAT/PAT exams. The exam questions were tough but schools didn't teach students the requisite problemsolving skills.

The government should focus on raising education quality and taking care of students rather than handing out tablets or solving teachers' debts.

The Education Ministry was far behind in terms of curriculum and teaching. They should get rid of the parts of the curriculum that were irrelevant for the GAT/PAT.

Most low scoring students didn't go to tutoring schools while high scoring students went to prep schools that provided content ahead of what was taught at the students' schools. The Education Ministry has to learn from this and develop quality education at schools.

If they let the problems go on, next year's scores will be just as low, he added.

The Nation February 1, 2012 1:00 am
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: GAT/PAT examinations: Poor overall showing by students
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 05:16:03 PM »
It must've been caused by the naming of that National Institute of Educational Testing Service (NIETS). "Niete" in German is a lottery ticket that doesn't win, a blank.  :-[
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