In any Indian students life there are two major milestones one after the other- first 12th Board examination and result and the second the college admissions following it.
Stress, anxiety and peer pressure are the three common threads that come up whenever board examinations or college admissions are discussed.
The last two years have been unprecedented and the entire system of examination has gone through a complete overhaul. In the years of online exams and online mode of distant learning a few things were easier for many and challenging for some. Now that the system is back to the normal before new normal the stress of board examinations and college examination is back in the lives of students.
Board year brings with itself continuous test stress. test stress can be described as the emotional, physiological, and behavioral responses caused by an upcoming test or examination. Previous negative experience of exams, lack of preparation, worry about failure, or intense pressure to perform can be the causes here. This often leads to unmanageable increases in anxiety levels.
Students, who find education a tough task, or those with special educational needs or mental health difficulties, may be more likely to experience academic anxiety. However, so can the toppers and overachievers, particularly students who are raised to be achievers always or whose parents push a huge burden of ambitions on to them.
What is stress?
Stress is a normal part of life. The Harvard Center for the Developing Child classifies stress into three types: positive, tolerable and toxic.
• Positive stress is some degree of stress that can be positive for children and young people and helps them to learn coping skills and develop resilience. This is sometimes also known as eustress.
• Tolerable stress is some kind of temporary stress that can be managed or tolerated particularly if children and young people going through it have developed resilience and are supported by nurturing adult relationships and parenting.
• Toxic stress is dangerous and involves the prolonged activation of stress responses without the benefit of being protected by any strong adult relationships.
Identifying the signs of academic stress
Signs of academic stress can sometimes be difficult to identify. Children and young people may not want to talk about stress they are experiencing. Students who are affected by anxiety and stress about tests/exams/entrance exams may have one or many of the following symptoms:
• Complain of physical health issues (e.g. stomach aches, headaches etc.).
• Have sleeping or appetite-related issue.
• Have severe mood swings such as being tearful, angry or withdrawn.
• Be reluctant to talk about tests and exams.
• Spend too much time on their work or alternatively avoid it completely.
• Be overly self-critical and of any mistakes they make.
Negative influence of competitive and entrance exams on mental health of students
Young people are living in a culture of competition and detachment like never before, and it can feel like they do not have much control. Moreover, access to a college education can seem way out of reach for those marginalized in any way, and those with less support and encouragement. Many lack a feeling of agency or opportunity.
Peer Pressure/Competition: College admission exacerbates the stress students feel by feeding competition among classmates. From comparing test scores to obsessing about class rank, society creates a Hunger Games environment where students fight against each other sometimes their dearest for a coveted spot at a selective college or university. “What are your test scores?” “Which colleges are you applying to?” “I am so stressed about college.” These are the questions and refrains commonly heard from students.
Parental Expectations: The experience of searching for and applying to college can be one that unites a family as you reflect on your values, interests, and opportunities. It also has the potential to be a process full of emotional abuse, shame, fear, and resentment if not handled openly and directly. Parents have a vested interest in the well-being and future of a student, but it can be difficult for them to separate their own sense of self from their children.
Handy Tips to Manage Admission Stress
Since this stress seems unavoidable. Here are a few suggestions that might help:
• Breathe and relax.
• Learn that you can only do what you actually can do.
• Understand that you’ll keep having these moments of stress, but they’ll go by because they’re simply your feelings.
• Know that you have no control over what a college decides about your application, and thus stressing over it is pointless.
• The idea of a “dream college” is a fallacy at best. Instead, student must focus on the courses that lead to a profession which you find are fit for you.
• Make a list of the available courses and consider the colleges which might actually accept your application.
In addition students must take care of their physical health as well by:
• Consuming healthy food.
• Stepping outdoors and enjoying nature.
• Singing, dancing, or doing any other activity which you think might relieve you and draw your focus away from the admissions.
• Talking to a therapist or counselor if needed and sharing with them in detail what you're feeling.
• Practicing meditation, or else reading a book that relaxes you.
• Making a list of the things that you’re grateful for. Studies show that if we train our brain to focus on such things we become much happier.
• Taking breaks whenever you feel you need to recharge your brain's battery.
• When and if you start doubting yourself, diverting your mind to think of what good things you have going on in your life.
• Giving yourself some time to discover your interests.
• Socializing and getting away from books from time to time.
What can parents do for the mental health and overall well-being?
Parents are the mainstay of any young person’s hopes and aspirations in crucial times like board exams and college admissions. They first need to work on themselves and manage their own stress, so that it doesn’t rub on to the student and make their task tougher.
Sadly much of the stress to go to a top-tier university is coming from parents, rather than schools. This turns high school into a rat race to college. Many of these parents don’t realize that a teen is more than their marks or the college that they are accepted to.
Here are a few small actions that parents can take in order to make these challenging times easier for their wards:
• Listen to your child. Find out what are their hopes and fears. Try to facilitate as much as you can or support them in seeking professional help.
• Be a guide and a facilitator, connecting your child to information and to the bigger-picture is crucial. You have more experience of life and the world, offer them that.
• Don’t shame the child for their marks or grades. Instead support them for a future beyond this.
• Put the focus on finding the right college for your child, not on applying to or getting into the “best” college.
• Unclutter your own anxieties; make sure you’re hearing your child’s wishes and considering their best interests, not enforcing them through your own hopes, peer-driven status worries, or your own unmet expectations.
• Prioritize quality, not quantity, when it comes to extracurricular activities.
• Prioritize whatever that your child finds meaningful.
• Ensure your kids are eating and sleeping well.
Board exams and results followed by college admissions are just a few milestones of anyone’s journey and shall be treated as such. They cannot become one’s entire life.
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Most students and families are familiar with the ACT and SAT exams, and their important roles in the college admissions process. But what about the PSAT?
If the PSAT is optional for your child, you may even be wondering if taking the test is worth the time and effort. Would your child be better served by focusing on other schoolwork, or even simply sleeping in instead?
“We like to discuss the PSAT with parents and families in the fall of junior year because this test is designed to expose students to the structures and rigors of college entrance exams like the ACT or SAT and provide them with valuable practice,” says Carla Pedersen, Regional Director with Chicago-based Academic Approach, a test-prep and academic tutoring company. “We recognize there is ambiguity surrounding the PSAT and parents often wonder what the PSAT means and how seriously their student needs to take it.”
A big takeaway for parents is that the PSAT has a lot of value for students, even if many consider it just a practice test. While PSAT scores are not reported to colleges and universities, from a diagnostic perspective — and as a forward planning tool — the PSAT is a must-do for your teen.
For many students, the PSAT is their first opportunity to sit for a nearly full-length standardized test and learn what the experience feels like, Pedersen says. “It’s a lower-stakes environment, but a great opportunity to gain exposure,” she explains, adding that students are often surprised by the energy required to sit for prolonged, focused periods of time. The PSAT takes 165 minutes to complete, while the ACT takes 175 minutes, and the SAT takes 180 minutes to complete.
If your child is a high school junior, they will take the PSAT in October. Although students may not receive their results until closer to December, there’s a reward for that wait.
Instead of just a numeric score, students will receive in-depth data that they can use to make informed decisions. These detailed score reports can sometimes be purchased for certain SAT exams but are automatically provided for all students who take the PSAT. In addition to item-by-item analysis, the reports provide significant information about student strengths and areas of improvement — even indicating potential concentration in their schoolwork, Pedersen says.
“Your child receives their entire test booklet and their answers on the PSAT,” Pedersen says. “For that reason, the PSAT is more than just a test — it is a unique and useful tool for students. The amount of information it provides can set in motion individual goal setting.”
With this information, students can plan their next steps, including the classes they select for the rest of their junior year and their senior year and the areas they may want to concentrate on with a dedicated instructor or tutor. “We encourage students to lean into that knowledge,” Pedersen says.
There’s another reason to take the PSAT seriously. The version of the test administered during fall of 10th grade is referred to officially as the PSAT/NMSQT because it’s a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship, a highly competitive academic competition entered by some 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. each year. Finalists receive recognition and a one-time financial scholarship for college.
Given this fact, does it make sense to spend time and effort preparing for the PSAT?
“The short answer is yes,” says Pedersen. “But the purpose of preparation varies and that’s part of the bigger picture. If you’re preparing for the PSAT, you’re also preparing for the SAT or the ACT in terms of skills.” Because your PSAT score is designed to be predictive of your SAT score — the one you share with your selected colleges and universities and include in your college application — the format and the content of the PSAT and SAT are the same, so the skills required to excel on both tests do overlap.
“For some, the PSAT is an entry point, a low-stakes official test to take while working on learning the content and building skills,” Pedersen says, adding that some students are being tested on concepts they have yet to learn in school, while others are being asked to recall foundational math concepts that they may have forgotten.
The bottom line for every student is to use the PSAT as a jumping-off point and use the resulting information to help guide where you want to go, Pedersen says. Consider the PSAT as a means of gaining information.
“If you’re planning for the ACT or SAT, there are many dates to sit for these tests throughout the spring of junior year and throughout senior year. To make decisions about when you take the ACT or SAT, you need information,” she explains. “With your PSAT score, you’re empowered to know what work you need to do (including what content to learn, review, or refine) and create a plan for how you will go about that work.”
If your child is pleasantly surprised with their PSAT score, that’s a good place to start to build even more skills for the eventual SAT — or pivot to the ACT instead. Similarly, if your child isn’t happy with their PSAT score, they have data to support their next move. Either way, a test-prep instructor can help your child interpret their score and reach their goals.
“It’s great because the test does that work for you. You can use that information to work with us and leverage an instructor to work on the content you’d like to strengthen,” Pedersen says.
Learn more about the value of academic tutoring and test prep with Academic Approach. Visit academicapproach.com.
Sangeet Chowfla will step down as president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council in October after nine years. File photo
The Graduate Management Admission Council will have new leadership this year for the first time in nearly a decade — and at a time of great disruption and change in graduate business education.
Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of the organization that administers the foremost entrance test for global graduate business education programs, announced today (August 8) that he will step down in October after nine years.
“I am ready for a new phase in my life,” Chowfla tells Poets&Quants. “It’s been an absolute honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to lead GMAC over the last 9 years but everything has its time and my personal and family situation dictate that I step back from the demands of a full-time CEO position.”
GMAC’s Joy Jones
Chowfla will be succeeded by Joy Jones, currently chief product officer and general manager of GMAC’s assessment line of business. Jones, a Stanford MBA, will officially take the reins as CEO and president of the global association of leading graduate business schools on October 1.
Chowfla’s resignation comes as the Graduate Management Admission Test — for decades the premier assessment used by the world’s business schools — faces unprecedented challenges amid widespread shifts in admission preferences. In January, P&Q reported that the number of GMAT tests taken in the U.S. plunged to a new low, falling to just 38,509 in testing year 2021 — a 47.7% decline from the pre-pandemic testing year of 2018, when 73,556 exams were administered in the U.S. In 2012, a year before Chowfla took over as CEO, GMAC administered a record 117,511 tests in the U.S., more than three times the 2021 total; in fact, test-taking volume in the U.S. has fallen every year since 2012, with only one exception, 2016, when exams inched up by little more than 600 tests.
Worldwide, 156,453 GMAT tests were taken in 2021, down 10% from the 173,179 tests administered in the previous year. From the pre-pandemic year of 2018, tests worldwide have fallen by 35.5%. From the peak testing year of 2012, when a record 286,529 GMAT tests were taken, the decline is a whopping 45.4%.
Meanwhile, the Graduate Record test has rapidly gained favor among B-school candidates, with the average percentage of GRE submitters at the top 25 U.S. schools growing from 13.5% in 2019 to 27.8% in 2020.
In 2015, when GMAT’s decline was already unmistakable, Chowfla told P&Q in an exclusive interview that he viewed the test as only “part of the preparation process for business school” — saying its real role was less as an obstacle to surmount and more as a guide for applicants to decide where they will have the best graduate business experience.
“The GMAT is very reliable in terms of telling you the kinds of schools where you will be successful at and the ones where you may struggle in,” Chowfla said. “It is important to have a positive experience and be successful in the school that you go to. Use those GMAT results as a way to understand your capabilities. There’s no right or wrong answer – we don’t see the scores as good scores or bad scores. Scores just reflect a candidate’s capabilities. There is a good business school for every candidate.”
During his tenure, Chowfla smartly diversified GMAC, acquiring BusinessBecause, a website in the United Kingdom, and The MBA Tour, a major admissions events business. Those deals helped to further GMAC’s mission to promote graduate management education, as critical a role for GMAC as its goal as standardized testing for business schools.
Chowfla recruited his successor to GMAC in 2017 from the Associated Press where she spent 13 years in a variety of product, sales, business development and operations leadership roles. She oversaw all product portfolio and distribution platform management across the company’s multimedia content licensing, advertising and content service businesses.
Prior to AP, Jones worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where she was an executive with the Telecom Media Networks consulting practice. She earned her MBA at Stanford University in 1995 and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated in 1993 with honors.
In announcing his retirement, Chowfla says he intends to continue at GMAC in an advisory capacity. “I greatly value the contributions of Graduate Management Education and look forward to staying engaged in some manner,” he tells P&Q. “I look back with some satisfaction that we have built a stronger and more resilient GMAC. Leaner, more diversified in its service offerings, and more global in its outlook.”
Jones, who joined GMAC five years ago, was unanimously chosen as Chowfla’s successor by the organization’s board after an extensive search by a global executive search firm. She will be GMAC’s fourth CEO.
Among Jones’s responsibilities since joining GMAC in July 2017: managing its assessments and preparation portfolio, which includes the GMAT exam. She headed the launch of an online GMAT in 2020, and in 2022 stewarded the debut of GMAC’s Business Fundamentals Powered by Kaplan, a new product line of “micro” courses in statistics, accounting, and finance.
“It is a great honor for me to be chosen to lead a long-standing and highly regarded organization like GMAC, with an outstanding 70-year history of connecting talent with opportunity through higher education,” Jones said in a news release. “As the organization enters into a new chapter in an ever-evolving global business environment, focused on innovation and growth as well as diversity and inclusion, I look forward to continuing to work alongside my dedicated colleagues at GMAC and in the business school community to advance graduate management education and ensure that talented people have the opportunity to Strengthen the world we live in.”
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If you’ve ever thought you have what it takes to become a lawyer, but didn’t know how to go about it, you’re in luck. Longtime estate planning attorney Samuel Ledwitz is spelling out what is the best way to get into law school and how to actually succeed.
And with any endeavor, it starts with education, said Ledwitz, president and managing partner of estate planning law firm The Law Firm of Bezaire, Ledwitz and Associates.
Although there are several ways in California to become a lawyer, the regular way is “you need a bachelor’s degree and then you take the (Law School Admission Test), get a decent score on that, and along with your great grades, you apply to several schools. You should look at a law school guide book, such as Princeton Review’s, that shows you what the admission standards are (grade point average and LSAT scores).”
And there’s more to do with the application process.
“There is typically an essay that you can write to show them the complete you and make you sound like an interesting person to have on campus,” he said. “Then apply accordingly.”
But picking a law school shouldn’t take place solely from the comfort of your couch, Ledwitz said.
“I would also suggest taking a tour of the law school,” he said. “Hopefully, you get into law school. Unlike medical school, any major is good. As long as you get good grades, you’re fine.”
But is any major really adequate? Can one study art or music or science? Ledwitz said yes.
“There’s no major that is a bad major for law school,” he said. “With that said, in college you will have wanted to have taken a lot of writing courses. Good grammar and punctuation are always important. That’s because what a lawyer really does is he bills for words and those words are always persuasive to get a judge to deliver you what your client wants. So, a command of the English language is very important.”
What’s next? Ledwitz explains.
“Next, you need to prep for the LSAT,” he said. “I’m not a big fan of it, but it’s used to predict how well you will do in the first year of law school. It doesn’t mean you’re a good person or exceptionally bright. It just means you probably have the skills needed to get through the first year of law school. Also, the LSAT is very time pressured. It’s not just a question of intelligence, it’s a question of how intelligent you are under extreme time pressure.”
The skills he is referring to are analytical, reasoning, and reading comprehension. Ledwitz said those skills will really come in handy, if not at first then sometime down the road.
“One day, you’ll have to explain to a client or someone you’re representing what this all means, why it’s important and how it affects them,” he said. “So, you had better understand what you are doing. You’re using all these skills plus people skills, too.”
After taking the LSAT you need to get letters of recommendation, preferably from your college professors, to send in with your application.
Assuming you make it into law school, Ledwitz said there is another skill you need to have or acquire quickly: the ability to take criticism and a lot of it.
“Law school is emotional and it has its moments,” he said. “You really need to be a person who has thick skin. Some days you get up at 8 in the morning and by 8:30 the professor has already told you that you’re not the brightest. Occasionally, you’re made to feel very small and you feel like everyone else in the class is very smart.”
The best word Ledwitz had to describe the first year of law school was “intense,” adding the hours being put in are extreme.
“You’re taking five classes plus a writing class and everything is due really soon,” he said. “And most of your grade is based on one test: the final exam. It’s heavily weighted. Something like 80 to 90 percent could be on that last day. If you bomb the test, you’ve bombed the course.”
Why does law school work like that? Ledwitz has his theory.
“It’s basically designed to weed you out,” he said. “But the second and third year are mostly a bunch of electives. You get to take what interests you.”
Another theory Ledwitz has for why the first year is so difficult is to make sure you are there for the right reasons and not because you are trying to please someone else.
“You have to want it,” he said. “Not because mom wants you to and not because dad wants you to or that your uncle would be very proud. You need to want it. You need to see yourself doing that job. Otherwise, why would you see yourself spending $100,000, $200,000 for that very frameable degree, only to later decide that you don’t want to do it? You need to really believe you want to do it before you go and spend all that money and years of your life.”
Persons who would like to discuss any aspect of a proper estate plan can phone The Law Firm of Bezaire, Ledwitz and Associates at (626) 398-0100 or log onto www.SmartEstatePlans.com.
Odisha Plus II Science, Commerce results 2022: Success rate, divisions, top scores and more in stats
As per a previous announcement, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) Odisha will announce the results of the +2 Arts on August 8, 2022. As per CHSE officials, the +2 Arts results will be published at 4 pm along with the results of the vocational streams. The results will be announced at CHSE office in Bhubaneswar.
All the preparations for the publication of the results have reached the final stages. The students can access their results on – www.odisharesults.nic.in after 1 hour of the official publication of the results.
Candidates can follow the steps provided below to check the Odisha CHSE class 12 results 2022.
1. Step 1st: Visit the Odisha Board official website.
2. Step 2nd: Click on the Odisha class 12 result link.
3. Step 3rd: Enter the class 12 registration number in the link provided.
4. Step 4th: The Odisha Plus 2 results will be displayed.
Earlier, the CHSE had announced the results of +2 Science and Commerce streams on July 27. The pass percentages in Commerce and Science stood at 94.12 and 89 percent respectively.
Science & Commerce results at a glance:
Candidates enrolled: 78077 (74511 - Regular, 3566 - Ex-Regular)
Candidates appeared: 76604 (Regular - 73711, Ex Regular - 2833)
Candidates passed: 72106 (Pass percentage - 94.12)
Number of boys appeared: 42203
Number of boys passed: 39587 (Pass percentage 93.80)
Number of girls appeared: 34401
Number of girls passed: 32519 (Pass percentage 94.52)
Students in first division: 50157
Students securing more than 90 percent marks: 1124
100 percent results in HS schools: 393
Highest pass percentage: Nayagarh (99.11)
Lowest pass percentage: Kandhamal (76.81)
Candidates enrolled: 24162 (23155 - Regular, 981 - Ex-Regular, Correspondence - 26)
Candidates appeared: 23726 (Regular - 22876, Ex Regular - 826, Correspondence - 24)
Candidates passed: 21165 (Pass percentage - 89.20)
Number of boys appeared: 14958
Number of boys passed: 13211 (Pass percentage 88.32)
Number of girls appeared: 8768
Number of girls passed: 7954 (Pass percentage 90.71)
Students in first division: 10863
Students securing more than 90 percent marks: 273
100 percent results in HS schools: 134
Highest pass percentage: Boudh (100) Lowest pass percentage: Deogarh (61.53)
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Jones to succeed Sangeet Chowfla as head of the global association representing leading graduate business schools
GMAC Incoming CEO Joy Jones
RESTON, Va., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global association of leading graduate business schools, today announced the appointment of Joy Jones as the organization’s CEO-Elect. Jones currently serves as GMAC’s chief product officer and general manager of assessments, a role she has held since July 2017. The announcement came after current CEO Sangeet Chowfla announced his intention to step down from the position earlier this year, and an extensive search executed by a global executive recruiting firm. The GMAC board of directors unanimously voted to elect Jones, who will become GMAC’s fourth CEO as of October 1, 2022.
“With more than a hundred interested candidates from around the world, the Board conducted extensive interviews and thorough evaluations over the past months and was thrilled to find the best person to lead the organization from within,” said Jon Erickson, chairman of the GMAC board of directors and former president of education and career services at ACT. “Besides her proven success with growing GMAC products and services and deep understanding of the graduate management education industry we represent, we were especially impressed by Ms. Jones’s vision, intellect, composure, and ability to relate to people.”
Jones joined GMAC five years ago with the responsibility for holistically managing the Council’s assessments and preparation portfolio, which includes the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam—the most widely used assessment by business schools worldwide and relied on by more than 7,500 business school programs, the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, Executive Assessment, and associated assessment preparation materials. She was instrumental in navigating through challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic with a rapid launch of the online delivery of all GMAC assessment solutions. Earlier this year, under her stewardship, GMAC debuted Business Fundamentals Powered by Kaplan, a new GMAC product line of “micro” courses in statistics, accounting, and finance to help prepare business school aspirants and admitted students for success in their graduate programs.
“It is a great honor for me to be chosen to lead a long-standing and highly regarded organization like GMAC, with an outstanding 70-year history of connecting talent with opportunity through higher education,” said Jones. “As the organization enters into a new chapter in an ever-evolving global business environment, focused on innovation and growth as well as diversity and inclusion, I look forward to continuing to work alongside my dedicated colleagues at GMAC and in the business school community to advance graduate management education and ensure that talented people have the opportunity to Strengthen the world we live in.”
Throughout her career, Jones has been a transformational leader in a variety of roles spanning strategy, product, sales, business development, and operations, with expertise in leveraging new technologies to create innovative solutions for global markets. Prior to joining GMAC, Jones had a 13-year tenure at the Associated Press (AP) which culminated as their Vice President of Global Products, overseeing all product portfolio and distribution platform management across the company’s multimedia content licensing, advertising, and content service businesses. Prior to AP, Jones worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where she was an executive with the Strategic Advisory Services and Telecom Media Networks consulting practices. She earned her MBA at Stanford University and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated with honors.
Jones will succeed Sangeet Chowfla, who has chosen to step down for a new phase of his life after nearly a decade at the helm of GMAC. Chowfla joined GMAC in 2013 and served as President and CEO since 2014. During his tenure, Chowfla drove an extraordinary period of transformation and diversification for GMAC, including establishing regional offices in China, India, and the U.K., and oversaw three acquisitions of complementary products and services designed to help foster connections with candidates and schools, namely NMAT by GMAC, BusinessBecause, and The MBA Tour. He also helped redefine the GMAC brand in renewing focus on serving member schools and uniting the industry to solve common problems and created additional value for schools through expanding our research programs, conferences, and events. Chowfla will continue as an advisor through the end of the year to be available for a smooth and orderly transition.
“Sangeet Chowfla joined the organization during a period of disruption in the industry that only intensified with the advent of the pandemic and global geopolitical challenges,” said Erickson. “We are grateful for his service and the extraordinary growth and evolution that has enabled us to build long-term strategies and position our association for the future to continue serving schools and candidates.”
“It has been an honor and privilege to lead this great organization in a time of change,” said Chowfla. “GMAC’s mission, its people, and the connections that it fosters are truly unique. I look back with some satisfaction that we have built a stronger and more resilient GMAC that is leaner, more diversified in its service offerings, and more global in its outlook. Joy and I have worked closely over the years, and I leave secure in knowing that she has the vision and capability to lead the organization and take it forward.”
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry, as well as resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) test is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.
More than 12 million prospective students a year trust GMAC’s websites, including mba.com, to learn about MBA and business master’s programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare and register for exams and get advice on successfully applying to MBA and business master’s programs. BusinessBecause and The MBA Tour are subsidiaries of GMAC, a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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3 August 2022 – A total of 148,312 individuals are expected to take the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) and the Intermediate Competency on Local Treasury Examination (ICLTE) on Sunday, 7 August 2022, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced.
The CSE-Professional test will be taken by 125,640 examinees or 84.96% of the total number of examinees, while the rest will take the Subprofessional level in 67 testing centers nationwide. Meanwhile, 435 examinees will be administered with the Intermediate Competency on Local Treasury Examination (ICLTE).
“We urge all examinees to read Examination Announcements No. 10 and 11 which are already posted in the CSC’s website for all the important reminders as well as to access the required health declaration forms. We have to work together in taking the necessary precautions to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection in our testing centers,” Chairperson Nograles appealed.
CSC Chairperson Nograles clarified that those without face shields on test day shall not be denied entry to the testing venue. He, however, added that “Examiners/test administrators and examinees alike who prefer to use face shield as an added protection against COVID-19 may do so.”
On the other hand, it is emphasized that, as part of the implementation of minimum public health standards, the wearing of face mask by both examiners/test administrators and examinees shall be strictly required and observed at all times, except in the following conditions: (i) during admission when examinees shall be asked by the admitting room examiner to temporarily remove their face mask to check, establish and ensure the identity of the examinee, with the examinee wearing back the face mask as soon as identity has been established; and (ii) when drinking/taking snacks which shall be done outside the testing room upon request and approval by the room examiner.
As previously implemented, the upcoming exams will also strictly observe the “No ID, No Exam” policy. Examinees must present a valid ID card on examination day, preferably the same ID card presented during the filing of the application. If the ID card is different from the one presented during the filing of the application, the examinee must present ANY of the following accepted ID cards, which must be valid (not expired)—Driver’s License/Temporary Driver’s License (LTO O.R. must be presented together with old Driver’s License; O.R. alone is not allowed)/Student Driver’s Permit; Passport; PRC License; SSS ID; GSIS ID (UMID); Voter’s ID/Voter’s Certification; BIR/Taxpayer’s ID (ATM type/TIN card type with picture); PhilHealth ID (must have the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number); Company/Office ID; School ID; Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate; Postal ID; Barangay ID; NBI Clearance; Seaman’s Book; HDMF Transaction ID; PWD ID; Solo Parent ID; or Senior Citizen’s ID. The PhilID Card issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority may also be accepted as a valid ID card for the civil service exam.
The CSC also requires vaccinated examinees to present the original or a digital copy of their vaccination card/proof of full vaccination, such as the VaxCert; while those unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must present a negative RT-PCR, saliva, or antigen test result. Fully vaccinated individuals coming from local government units requiring RT-PCR, saliva, or antigen testing must also present a negative result.
“The CSC has put in place, upon consultation with the IATF, several health and safety protocols to protect the examinees, as well as the proctors and examiners, against COVID-19. We appeal for everyone’s cooperation to ensure the safe and successful conduct of the upcoming CSE Professional and Subprofessional exams,” Chair Nograles said.
The CSC said that examinees must submit a Health Declaration Form pre-accomplished not earlier than one day or within 24 hours prior to test day. The space for the temperature reading must be left blank as thermal scanning will be done at the main entrance of the school/testing venue on test day.
Examinees who were not able to submit a Certificate of Consent during the filing of application must also bring one on test day.
The CSC further stated that only a black ball pen may be used in answering the test and that examinees shall not be allowed to share or borrow ball pens as a health precaution.
Examinees may opt to bring alcohol or hand sanitizer that is not more than 100 mL in size, as well as candies or biscuits and water. However, drinking will only be allowed outside the testing room, upon the approval of the Room Examiner.
Examinees’ testing venue or school assignment for the 7 August CSE-PPT for Professional and Subprofessional levels may be generated using the Online Notice of School Assignment or ONSA found in the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph.
To use ONSA, examinees should encode/fill in the required data in the corresponding data fields accurately, following the indicated format. Examinees may opt to print the generated Notice of School Assignment for their personal reference, but it is not mandatory for entering the testing venue.
If examinees cannot access the ONSA or still do not know their school assignment, they are advised to inquire directly with the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned.
Examinees should be at the testing venue no later than 6:30 a.m., or as required by the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned.
If feasible, they are advised to visit or conduct an ocular inspection of their assigned school/testing venue at least one day before the test to be familiar with the location, available means of public transport, and the amount of travel time needed considering the traffic situation.
The CSC urged examinees to read and fully understand the “Examinee’s Guide in Taking CSE-PPT”, which is also available thru the ONSA to be familiar with the whole examination process. The complete text of Examination Advisory No. 10 and 11, s. 2022 may be accessed from the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph.
The United States Supreme Court is preparing to consider the case brought by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) on the use of race in college admission at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and Harvard College. A great deal has been debated and written about this pending decision, and there is no shortage of individuals, associations, and corporations (from Accenture to Zazzle) willing to share their stance on the matter. In the education world, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the American Council on Education (ACE), a consortium of Catholic colleges, the leaders of the University of California system, and many other institutions filed amicus briefs in support of affirmative action by the August 1 submission deadline.
An amici brief was submitted by a unique collaboration of cosigning organizations all with an “interest in promoting individualized, holistic reviews of applicants that take into account the entirety of each applicant’s background and experience, including race, ethnicity, and all other factors relevant to a thorough analysis of those seeking college admittance.” On behalf of their members and constituents (of which I am one), the leaders of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today, The Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), and FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing filed a joint brief in support of the current admission policies of UNC and Harvard (as well as thousands of colleges across the country).
ACCEPT is an “organization that is creating just and equitable paths to post-secondary education, particularly for those who have been historically excluded.” ACCIS is a “membership organization of independent-school-based college counselors who work with a diverse range of students in schools across the country and internationally to guide those students and their caregivers through the college admission process.” FairTest is an “organization that advances quality education and equal opportunity by promoting fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial evaluations of students, teachers, and schools.” All three non-profit groups have been staunch advocates for inclusive educational communities that center learning around equity and access. So it is unsurprising that they found a common purpose in protecting affirmative action and the “compelling interest of diverse viewpoints and experiences” on campuses.
As a school counselor for over two decades, I have worked with students to explore and communicate their unique stories in the college search and application experience. Who are they, what do they love, and where will they be honored? These are among the many questions that must be reflected on as they try to find a good college match. This focus on their individual identity, and their role in a community, serves as the foundation for not only a successful college search but also a meaningful educational experience.
But this is in jeopardy should the Court decide against the interests of these universities. In their brief ACCEPT, ACCIS, and FairTest explain that “SFFA’s position would eliminate the right of individuals to explain their own views and experiences and deny applicants the opportunity to increase their chances of admission by including their full story, history, and body of experience in their applications.”
Instead, the brief argues that colleges should have the freedom to consider the context from which an applicant is coming. It elaborates that this “context may include racial- or ethnic- related challenges overcome by the applicant, such as growing up poor and Black in Mississippi, or a White applicant participating in community efforts to eliminate animus toward Asian-Americans in New York City.”
The brief outlines the inherent racism in SFFA’s argument. The authors write, “SFFA’s “race-neutral” scheme effectively would trigger unfair and disparate treatment of applicants based on race and ethnicity. SFFA would permit reviewers to consider an applicant’s volunteerism with the Junior League a “plus,” for example, but force them to ignore an applicant’s leadership role in the Urban League. Similarly, reviewers would have to ignore an applicant’s mission work through her African Methodist Episcopal Church, because race is involved. The less an application speaks to diversity, the greater advantage the applicant would have because the reviewer would have nothing to ignore. Rather than a “colorblind” process, SFFA would skew admission decisions to favor experiences and activities more closely related to the White experience.”
Marie Bigham, founder and executive director of ACCEPT, is a former school counselor and admission officer. In a press release announcing the brief she writes, “As a multiracial Asian admissions professional, I cannot stand by when the hard-won battles to increase the representation of students of color–including AAPI students–in colleges are sought to be diminished in an effort to benefit those already privileged in a multitude of other ways.” Bigham also says, “SFFA’s positions are riddled with gross racial stereotypes, patently unworkable ‘solutions’, and mischaracterizations of the admissions process,” adding, “We call upon the Supreme Court to reject this misinformation, which has already been refused by the courts below.”
FairTest executive director, Bob Schaeffer takes issue with "increasing the emphasis on ACT/SAT scores in the admissions process, as advocated by opponents of holistic policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.” Schaeffer argues that "test scores do not measure 'merit,'” and placing more weight on standardized tests “will reduce student diversity without improving academic quality.” He adds, “the current practices of those two institutions are fair, valid, and well-justified and that is why three leading university admission reform organizations–ACCEPT, ACCIS, and FairTest–came together to advance this joint brief."
Not Brief But Conclusive
The “brief” is 45 pages (there was an 8,000-word limit) of head nodding for anyone who recognizes the powerful potential of a college education in exposing students, faculty, and community members to a rich, diverse, and transformative experience. Chock full of examples, even an affirmative action skeptic would be challenged to read this amici brief and not question their conviction. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will deliver this, and the other briefs, their due attention as they make a weighty decision that would unravel over forty years of legal precedent, and impact future generations of scholars and those who serve them.