University Admission Process in Chile

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As my partner said, the current admission process discriminates students because of their social classes. Moreover, it does not show the real knowledge they possess nor evaluates apropiate skills for each course.

Youngsters whose families have more resources do not do better at PSU because they are smarter than the ones from a lower social class. Inteligence, studying habits or even the effort they make, are equally distributed through society. It is knowledge what is not equally distributed. Learning implies having had access to it, counting with quality books and teachers and being in an enviroment where culture is important.

Therefore, what PSU does is to prevent poor students -who have abilities but did not have acces to knowledge-, from developping a professional course of high standards.

In addition, PSU does not accomplish its main task, which is selecting the more qualified students to go to traditional universities. Because it does not messures abilities, nor skills. Just training. The ones who are good at memorizing and trained themselves correctly can have a high score. There are schools (normally private schools) that dedicate exclusive time to prepare their students for this exam, leaving behind other important subjects.

This situation leads us to a third negative characteristic of our university admission process. In Chile exists the business of something similar to pre-colleges. Here, the ones who can afford these classes are taught the mechanism of PSU. And in concequence, they are the more prepared to take the exam than the ones who were not able to pay for extra lessons.


One of the main achievements of last year’s strike in our university was the posibility of having an alternative admission process, apart from PSU. Senior year students from schools with low budget can be matriculated at University of Concepción with only de minimum PSU score this university requires...
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