Trial EIT – a new project Be Smart

27/05/2020

How to improve your results in the external independent testing (EIT)? On March 20, 2019, the team of the Maxym Stepanov Foundation, Be Smart project, the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment presented a new product that helps to prepare effectively for independent testing. Online, free and clear – these three vectors have become the main ones. So that every student of Ukraine could have free access to quality education and absolutely equal chances to enter the dream university.

From now on, you can find a trial EIT on Be Smart project website. And it is not just tests, but a full video analysis and explanations from teachers for each question.

This is a detailed online instruction from educators who point out common mistakes and comment on the correct answers to questions. The site has already presented all video analyses of the main disciplines – the Ukrainian language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Biology and History of Ukraine.

The product was presented by Serhiy Koleboshyn – Deputy Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration, Vadym Karandiy – Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Valery Boyko – Acting Director of the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment and Yulia Brovinska – Director of CO the Maxym Stepanov Foundation.

The best teachers were involved in the video project and about 14 hours of video were filmed so as not to miss anything important. Careful comments unfold the full picture of the questions and explain the contradictory points in the testing. Especially where there are options for similar answers and where minor errors can cost points.

As Maksym Stepanov, the head of the Odessa Regional State Administration and the initiator of Be Smart platform, noted, “We had been thinking for a long time about how to help entrants prepare for testing. And we decided to make a video review of a trial EIT. The leading teachers explained all the most difficult questions in each of the subjects. This will allow students not only to find out the correct answer, as it always happens during testing, but to understand it”.

What are the results already? According to the Deputy Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Serhiy Koleboshyn, Be Smart resources have been used by more than 100,000 users, 15-18% of whom took full courses.

While an online course completed by at least 5-8% of users is considered successful: “Be Smart platform is an online tutor, an additional way to prepare for the exam, and most importantly, it is available for any child wherever they could be. This will give students the opportunity to go to the EIT as prepared as possible”.

During the presentation, Vadym Karandiy, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine noted that the trial EIT is as important as training in sports. This allows you to improve your results and polish your skills: “The test, despite popular belief, is not a tool where you can just guess the right answer. It is necessary to prepare seriously for it. Working with Be Smart team and the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment, we sought to bring more information to applicants about testing”. Deputy Minister of Education and Science added that the EIT is a powerful incentive for entrants and it is an opportunity to test yourself, to compete with peers for places in the best universities, which is why training is crucial.

Yulia Brovinska, the director of CO the Maxym Stepanov Foundation, added that the trial testing will be useful not only for students, but also for their parents, and for anyone who wants to improve their knowledge and understanding of the subjects.

In addition, the head of the foundation added that the joint project with the Ministry and the Evaluation Center has almost state significance: “Everyone should have equal rights to receive higher education in the educational institution of their dreams. External testing is a psychologically difficult moment, the outcome of which directly affects the nearest future”.

Valery Boyko, the acting director of the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment, noted that the project immediately solves two important tasks, “The first is an additional opportunity for those who will take combat testing to prepare for the exam. The second is productive: if teachers explain the correct answers, the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment will receive fewer complaints about inaccuracies in the EIT tests which were taken. After all, the tests are explained by specialists not involved in its development”.

So from now on Be Smart offers not only online training and tests, but also a full video analysis of the trial EIT 2019. You can find more details about the presentation of the trial EIT project in the video.