Monitoring Cognitive and Mental Abilities of Students

There are two factors that affected the Hungarian higher education system significantly. First: instead of entrance examination the results of leaving examination became the main selection criteria for getting to universities and colleges; second: concerning the higher education system Hungary also has to be accommodated to the new training structure of European Union since the 2006/2007 academic year. Because the double-function new Hungarian leaving examination is subject-oriented just as before, we wanted to map the cognitive and mental abilities of students in a more direct way. It was also important just because one part of the Hungarian accreditation procedure made compulsory the monitoring students’ development. For this reason in the 2005/2006 academic year we administered a test battery which consisted from three sections: verbal, quantitative and mental ones. (Apart from this we also administered a background questionnaire, naturally.) We did not use a representative sample, instead the first grade of 10 higher educational institutes were involved in the country which was about 60% of the whole population, respectively certain commonly selected majors. The main findings of our survey will be presented in the conference paper pointing out the most interesting phenomena.


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  • July 20, 2018 Create Date
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