It's D-Day for some 520,000 high school students.
From this Wednesday, the specialty exams for the 2022 baccalaureate will indeed take place, after two years disrupted by the pandemic which had seen the suppression of most of the major written exams.
From 2 p.m., the 523,199 Terminale students from general and technological high schools will look at the subjects of these tests, born of the baccalaureate reform decided by Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer.
They have been postponed from March to May due to Covid-19 and are therefore not taken into account in Parcoursup, the higher education admissions platform.
An important element for high school students.
The program stopped in March
The calendar was shifted, but the program was stopped in March, on the date on which the tests should have taken place, so that the candidate did not have "excessive tension in his preparation upstream", underlined Monday Edouard Geffray, number two in the Ministry of Education.
Candidates will each take two tests, with a coefficient of 16 each.
These specialty tests represent one third of the results of the baccalaureate, calculated on 100 points.
On the health aspect, the Ministry of National Education does not impose any particular provision, nor any recommendation to wear a mask.
“Due to the health crisis, the two previous sessions had led us to make very substantial adjustments.
It is finally the first time that the final specialty tests can be held in the planned format, ”recalled Edouard Geffray.
The importance of these specialty written tests was however reduced after the planning announcements due to the health crisis: the two-month postponement prevents these notes from being taken into account in Parcoursup and therefore in the files examined by the establishments to which future baccalaureate holders have applied.
Instead, the files will indicate the averages of specialties over the three terms of Première and the first two of Terminale.
The results known on July 5
This year, 381,221 candidates are applying for the general baccalaureate, 141,978 for the technological baccalaureate and 186,200 for the professional baccalaureate, i.e. some 710,000 young people in total.
The timetable for the vocational baccalaureate exams differs from that of the others.
The specialty tests take place from Wednesday to Friday depending on the subjects.
Just over 45,000 proofreaders will be mobilized.
Among the most chosen specialties, Mathematics, with 142,730 candidates, Economic and Social Sciences (136,466), History-Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science (106,994).
The approximately one million copies will be sent to proofreaders electronically (they are scanned and sent to proofreaders).
The marks will then be harmonized, between correctors and between the different subjects.
Contrary to what was initially planned, students will know their marks for these tests at the same time as the rest of their baccalaureate results, on July 5.
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