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Entrance to an university (Entrance Exams, ENEM Diploma and IB)

For a long time, the methods of entry into a Brazilian university have been undergoing some transformations. Sometimes they are changes in the way to take an entrance exam, avoiding, for example, the more direct and objective questions – such as those that were made in the entrance exams some time ago. This offers, therefore, […]


In 07 of November of 2018

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For a long time, the methods of entry into a Brazilian university have been undergoing some transformations. Sometimes they are changes in the way to take an entrance exam, avoiding, for example, the more direct and objective questions – such as those that were made in the entrance exams some time ago. This offers, therefore, more subjective alternatives that require the student to exercise a more sophisticated thought process than just memorizing content.

In other cases, some universities stopped creating their own entrance exams to then use those of ENEM (National High School Examination) as a form of entry into the institution. Therefore, students who take a test such as the ENEM must be comprehensive, thorough, multidisciplinary and be more subjective: the appreciation of general skills developed throughout elementary school (1 and 2) and high school.

With the grade achieved in this national process, the students can choose the institution and program that is made available according to their score on the test.

It should also be taken into account that many students want to attend university in other countries. In order to do so, it is necessary to take a series of tests, present the student curriculum, high school records (generally accompanied by the final grade averages), letters of recommendation from the school and teachers in addition to other documents. Of course, that varies from country to country.

The students of the Swiss-Brazilian School of Curitiba undergo the process of development of general competencies based on the IB Learner Profile of the international IB curriculum * (Open-minded, Knowledgeable, Inquirers, Caring, Thinkers, Balanced, Communicators, Principled, Risk Takers, Reflexive), which allows them to have these skills developed, in addition to the content of this curriculum and also the MEC. This is one of the reasons why the High School in the Swiss-Brazilian School of Curitiba lasts 4 years since all the students go through both curricula.

Consequently, at the end of their school years, with the two curricula completed and with proof of proficiency in English and German / French, students can apply for entrance exams, the ENEM exam, or apply to whichever international university. Most universities accept the IB diploma and depending on their grades and courses taken, they will no longer be required to take additional tests.