EBAU university entrance exams start in Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
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The EBAU exam, which provides admission to university, will start in Spain on June 5. This Monday, the students in the regions of Madrid, Cantabria, Murcia and La Rioja will be the first to start the exams. Exams for which more than 96% passed last year. 

In almost all regions, the exams take three days, only Madrid and the Canary Islands will take one day longer. Other regions will start these exams in the coming days. Pupils in Andalucia and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla close the period. They will take the exams on 13, 14 and 15 June. June 15 is also the last day on which students in Spain take this entrance exam. 

When are all EBAU entrance exams scheduled in Spain? 

According to the decision in the Official Gazette of Spain (BOE), the regular entrance exams must be taken before June 16. The preliminary results must then be published by 30 June at the latest. Furthermore, there are also dates for extraordinary entrance exams, which take place later in the year. For both variants, these are the dates per region on which the EBAU exams will be held this year. 

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Last year, more than 200,000 students passed the exam, giving them access to university education. The success rate then was 96.06%. This year, around 200,000 students will take this exam. 

Education Spain takes the same approach to exams as during the pandemic 

The content of the exams will resemble those developed during the pandemic. That is, there is more room to motivate an answer to open questions than the exams that were administered before the pandemic. The exam also contains a maximum of 50% of multiple choice questions where the answers will not be ambiguous and there is therefore as little gray area as possible. 

The Ministry of Education has chosen this because many of the students have had to deal with the restrictions of education during the pandemic for a large part of their school time. Consequently, this will be taken into account when taking the exam. 

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