[unpad.ac.id, 1/6/2019] Universitas Padjadjaran will open a new student admission test for the 2019/2020 academic year outside of the SNMPTN and SBMPTN pathways. The Independent Admission path selection has a capacity of 22.9% of the total capacity of Unpad, or around 1,400 people.
Unpad acting Rector, Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M. SIE, explained that in line with the SNMPTN and SBMPTN pathways, the Independent Admission test also aims to attract prospective students with the best input.
“Of course, Unpad has consistently aiming to improve the quality of education. The quality of education will be easily improved if the quality of its students is high,” said Prof. Rina holding a press conference at the Unpad Executive Lounge room, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, Saturday (1/6).
The Unpad Independent test can be taken by senior high school/Islamic senior high school/vocational high school students starting from 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 graduates. Selection is divided into two test groups, namely Science and Technology (Saintek) and Humanities and Social Sciences (Soshum).
There are two exam stages in the Unpad International Admission Test. Thus, the method of selection carried out in the Independent Test of Universitas Padjadjaran will be more comprehensive compared to a national selection.
The first stage of the Independent Admission test is a Computer Based Writing Exam (UTBK) conducted independently through an Android device. This exam is divided into two tests, namely Academic Competency Test (TPA) and Scholastic Competency Test (TPS).
Academic Potential Tests will test subjects that are in accordance with the chosen test group, such as mathematical science, physics, biology, and chemistry for the Saintek group, and social mathematics, geographic, historical, sociology, and economics for the Soshum group.
The Scholastic Competency Test will test the knowledge, understanding, general reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and the ability to understand written text.
After passing the first stage of the selection, participants must take part in the second selection in the form of a TOEFL test and interview following the mini interview model (MMI). In addition, there are also special tests conducted by certain faculties, namely the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test for the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, as well as a swimming ability test for the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences.
The Unpad Deputy Rector for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Arry Bainus, M.A., explained that all Independent Admission registrants will take part in the first phase of the test. For the second stage, Unpad will only admit a number of participants up to twice the capacity of the Independent Admission test.
“Therefore, the competition is only 1: 2,” said Dr. Arry.
The Independent Admission test registration is open from 17 June to 30 June 2019. Participants can access registration information on the http://smup.unpad.ac.id/ page. The registration fee for the Mandiri Line is IDR 500,000 and IDR 600,000 for study programs that require special tests.
The first phase of the examination will be held from July 6 to 7, while the announcement will be made on July 11. The second phase of the exam will be held from July 13 to 14 and special tests will be held from July 15 to 16. The results of the Independent Admission path will be announced starting July 18, 2019.
Prof. Rina explained that there are consequences from the opening of the Independent Admission path, namely the existence of development funds paid by students after being declared to have passed the selection. This is in accordance with the mandate in the legislation that students or parents/guardians/sponsors may be subject to development fund collection.
“This development is for the development of Unpad education quality,” said Prof. Rina.
This development fund is needed to prepare college graduates to fit the demands of the times. Prof. Rina ensured that the development funds would be used to fulfill the 8 National Higher Education Standards (SNPT) that have been set by the government.
Students who have been accepted through the Independent Admission Test will be charged the highest Tuition Rate (UKT) and subject to development funds. The range of development funds for science and technology study group is between IDR 20 million and IDR 250 million. Meanwhile, the range of development funds for the humanities and social science study program group ranges from IDR 15 million to IDR 75 million.
However, Unpad continues to open the Independent Admission Test for everyone. Prof. Rina said that participants who come from poor families still have the opportunity to take part in the selection. When accepted, students who are financially incapable will not be charged the development funds and tuition.
In this Independent Admission Test, Unpad was again innovative by holding the UTBK test using Android devices. This method has been implemented previously during the 2018 SBMPTN.
In addition to UTBK, holding the exam using an Android device will also be used during the TOEFL test.
Dr. Arry explained that there are several provisions for compatible devices used for examinations. Technically, the device must have a minimum operating system (OS) must be an Android system of at least 6.0.1 “Marshmallow”, have a minimum RAM of 2 GB, and a minimum screen size of 5 inches. Participants are also advised to bring chargers, power banks and earphones.
Technically, participants will get access to the question application after registering. Participants can also do a simulation of working on the problems just before the test begins.
Regarding security issues, Dr. Arry guarantees that this application is safe from interference. Participants also cannot cheat, because once they enter the application, participants cannot use other applications on the mobile device. To minimize outside interference, the internet network will also use the intranet system. *
Report by Arief Maulana
Translation by Shabrina Maharani
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