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Universities use variety of evaluative methods to make decisions on student admissions

Update: February, 20/2021 - 07:37


Students arrive at venues where VNUHCM holds competency assessment examinations. Source:

HCM CITY— Universities in the country are using several kinds of evaluative methods to make decisions on student admission this year, including competency assessment examinations.  

Việt Nam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM), for example, will continue organising competency assessment examinations for its member universities and other universities that are not VNUHCM members.

The examination will be held on March 28 at venues in HCM City, Đà Nẵng City, and Bến Tre, An Giang, Khánh Hòa, Bạc Liêu and Đắk Lắk provinces.

Students who cannot take the exam on March 28 can register for other competency assessment examinations for VNUHCM on July 4 in HCM City, Đà Nẵng, and An Giang and Khánh Hòa provinces.

The University of Social Sciences and Humanities under VNUHCM will admit 50 per cent of its total enrollment quota based on competency assessment examinations’ results. The University of Technology under VNUHCM will admit 70 per cent of its total enrollment quota based on these exam results.  

The HCM City University of Food Industry will admit students with more than a 650 score on the competency assessment examinations, and other students based on results of the national high school graduation examination and high school profile. It plans to enroll 3,500 students for 26 majors this year.

The University of Economics and Finance and HCM City University of Technology will admit 10 per cent of their total quota based on the competency examinations’ results.

In 2020, nearly 70 universities in the country admitted students based on the examinations’ results.      

Hồng Bàng International University (HIU) this year will organise a competency assessment examination along with scholastic aptitude tests (SAT) II for maths, literature, physics, chemistry, biology, English, arts, and pre-school and physical education subjects.

Students who have more than an 800 score on the SAT will not need to take the competency assessment examination and can use this SAT score to apply for HIU admission.

HIU for the first time will use interviews and admit students based on the condition of each its faculties. In this method, students will not take any examination. The number of students admitted with this method will account for 2 per cent of its total enrollment quota for this year.  

The university will also enroll students based on the results of the national high school graduation examination.

It will enroll 38 per cent of its total quota based on students’ high school profile.

For majors in health and education sciences, the university will comply with the Ministry of Education and Training’s enrollment regulation.

In 2021, the university’s total enrollment quota is expected to be more than 4,200 students for its 68 majors.

HCM City Open University will enroll 4,500 students for 38 majors. The national high school graduation examination and high school profile will be used for admission. But the university will also give priority to enrolling students with excellent learning results at high school, and those who have more than a 26 score on an International Baccalaureate examination or Cambridge International A Level exam, or a 1,100 score on the SAT.

The Hà Nội University of Sciences and Technology and Vietnamese-German University will organise their own examinations this year, and will also use national high school graduation examination results and other methods for admission decisions.

Việt Nam National University in Hà Nội this year will resume organising competency assessment examinations after many years of not using them. VNS  


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