More than 900,000 students across Vietnam started their high school graduation exam on Monday.
Candidates are scheduled to sit for tests on literature, history and physics on the first day of the three-day exam.
This year marks the first time the country has reduced the number of subjects for the exam from six to four, as well as allowed high school students to choose two subjects for the exam – among physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, and a foreign language (English, French, Russian, Chinese, German, and Japanese) – besides two compulsory subjects: math and literature.
Since the Ministry of Education and Training’s new regulation on the 2014 high school graduation exam was issued, there has been concern over the twist that a small number of students prefer history for their exam over the other subjects.
According to the ministry’s statistics, 437,656 students registered to take physics for their graduation exam, accounting for 48.05 percent of the examinees; 524,782 chose chemistry, equal to 57.62 percent; 279,785 opted for biology, making up 30.72 percent; 329,877 signed up for geography, occupying 36.22 percent; 144,368 selected foreign languages, equivalent to 15.85 percent; and 104,959 decided to take history, covering 11.52 percent.
Moreover, this year’s high school graduation exam also sees other changes compared with previous years.
The literature test includes the reading part which could feature works beyond what is written in textbooks. The exam duration is also reduced from 150 minutes to 120 minutes.
More changes can be seen in language exams as foreign language tests have two parts: multiple choice and essay writing.
Examinees can only write essays after finishing and submitting their multiple choice part to examiners