kick-off for over 520,000 high school students

It is D-Day for the Baccalaureate of 2022: from Wednesday, May 11, 2 p.m., the 523,199 senior students of the general and technological secondary schools will examine the subjects of the special tests, born of the baccalaureate reform decided by the Minister, Jean-Michel whiter. They have been postponed from March to May due to Covid-19 and are therefore not included in Parcoursup, the higher education admissions platform. An important element for high school students.

The schedule has been moved, but the program was discontinued in March, the date on which the tests should have taken place, so that the candidate “no excessive tension when preparing upstream”, Edouard Geffray, number two in the Ministry of Education, had argued on Monday. Candidates will each take two tests, each with a coefficient of 16. These special tests represent one third of the results of the baccalaureate, calculated on 100 points.

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No special sanitary facilities

As for the health aspect, the Ministry of National Education does not impose any provision, nor any recommendation to wear a mask. “Due to the health crisis, the two previous sessions had led us to make very substantial adjustments. It is finally the first time that the tests terminalspecialties can be held in the specified format »recalls Edouard Geffray.

In 2020, high school students may or may not receive their baccalaureate degrees based on their permanent grades. The events were canceled due to the pandemic. Last year, the permanent evaluation still formed the largest part of the final grade of the exam. Philosophy had been the only written test, with French first.

However, the importance of these specialized written tests was reduced after the planning announcements due to the health crisis: the two-month delay prevents these notes from being included in Parcoursup and thus in the files examined by the institutions where future graduates have applied . Instead, the files indicate the averages of specialties over the three terms of the first and the first two of terminal.

“A formality”

“Let’s face it, these tests are a formality. Grades don’t count in Parcoursup and I already have answers for post-baccalaureate schools »says Juliette, 18, in her senior year in Nice. “Of course I worked, because I can’t go below 10, but the pressure is not really there. †

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This year, 381,221 candidates applied for the general baccalaureate, 141,978 for the technological baccalaureate and 186,200 for the professional baccalaureate, representing about 710,000 young people. The schedule for the MBO exams differs from that of the others.

The special tests take place from Wednesday to Friday, depending on the subjects. Just over 45,000 proofreaders will be mobilized. One of the most chosen specialties, mathematics, with 142,730 candidates, economics and social sciences (136,466), history-geography, geopolitics and political science (106,994).

94% pass rate last year

The approximately one million copies are sent to proofreaders electronically (they are scanned and sent to proofreaders). The grades are then matched, between correctors and between the different subjects. Contrary to what was initially planned, on July 5, students will know their grades for these tests at the same time as the rest of their baccalaureate results.

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Since the reform of the baccalaureate in 2019, 40% of the results are based on continuous assessment and 60% on final tests: written and oral French in the first place, and philosophy, specialties and the major oral in final.

The baccalaureate graduation rate has been over 80% since 2012. Last year, nearly 94% of candidates passed the exam, a necessary condition for access to higher education.

The world with AFP

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