Saber 11 is approaching: this is how the ICFES exam for high school graduates will be on March 27

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Next Sunday, March 27, the Colombian Institute for Education Evaluation (ICFES) will implement Saber 11 tests for final graders studying in calendar B schools. On the same day, academic baccalaureate verification exams will also be given.

More than 88 thousand people from all over the country, including 914 participants with disabilities and more than a thousand Venezuelans, The face-to-face test was given at 231 centers in 90 municipalities. In addition, another 16,000 students in grades 9 and 10 will take the Pre Saber Exam, a voluntary Saber 11 preparatory test, in person or virtually.

The test is used for Measuring the educational level of schools and municipalities in the country. With the information Icfes takes on that day, decisions to improve can be made collectively. In addition, some universities and the country itself offer scholarships or guarantee admission of students with good results.

According to Monica Ospina Londono, General Manager of Icfes, it is in the entity’s best interest to State test takers have tools to identify them before the big day. After all, a good score on the test can facilitate access to higher education.

“Tests do not win or lose, what they measure are levels of basic skill development; that is why assessment is so important to know how to apply the knowledge gained during the entire training process in real life situations.”

For those with more enthusiasm than the resources for a pre-Saber course, Icfes has put together a series of free, easily accessible aids. They called it Tool Box and it is available at

For example, an app called “The Icfes has a price” is enabled, which consists of a mock test that adapts to students’ response abilities. In addition, there are audiovisual materials and example brochures – with questions, annotated answers and tips – to learn about the areas being assessed: Critical Reading, Mathematics, Social, Citizenship, Natural Sciences and English

There is also a section detailing how the test measures competencies in various subjects and how the results should be interpreted.

This will be a face to face test but all biosecurity measures will be maintained in it. Although a vaccination card is not required, constant use of face masks and hand washing before and after the examination are required.

In addition, it is important to bring a pencil, eraser and sharpener No. 2, because for hygiene you can not share with another person; If you can, bring spare parts. It is also necessary If you are Venezuelan, bring your ID, citizenship card, or other document.

The test is done in one day in two parts, morning and evening. You will have some time to eat. It is recommended to bring food or cash to buy lunch; Yes, you will have to leave it far away from you while you are taking the test. It is preferable not to carry any electronic devices; Avoid the fraud vacuum.

It is very important that you calculate your route before you arrive, because shuttle services in some cities run at half speed on Sundays. Exam starts at 7 am and You must arrive fifteen minutes early To find your room and customize it to your situation. Once the test starts, you will not be able to enter.

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