Cambridge University has been reported to have plans on bringing a universal entry test to identify the brightest students amidst a rise in those obtaining top A-level grades.
According to Barbara Sahakian, professor of experimental psychiatry, “What people are concerned about is whether the A-level exam results still mean quite the same thing as they used to mean. There are a lot of students getting very high grades but not all of them would have got those grades in the past, so it is hard to discriminate between candidates.”
Nonetheless, there are few concerns that this new test would be a disadvantage for students as they are less likely get the right training to prepare for it in contrast to their privately educated peers. Though in recent times, there has been an increased in admission of pupils from state schools to the top university with the numbers rising from rapproximately 50 percent to 62.2 percent.
As of now, according to a university spokesperson, there are no decisions yet and the university is considering all the options. More importantly, regardless of the decision, all applicants will be evaluated holistically.
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