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Monitoring the university admissions process in Spain
Cuxart, Anna; Longford, Nicholas T.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
The examinations taken by high-school graduates in Spain and the role ofthe examination in the university admissions process are described. Thefollowing issues arising in the assessment of the process are discussed:reliability of grading, comparability of the grades and scores(equating),maintenance of standards, and compilation and use of the grading process,and their integration in the operational grading are proposed. Variousschemes for score adjustment are reviewed and feasibility of theirimplementation discussed. The advantages of pretesting of items and ofempirical checks of experts' judgements are pointed out. The paperconcludes with an outline of a planned reorganisation of the highereducation in Spain, and with a call for a comprehensive programme ofempirical research concurrent with the operation of the examination andscoring system.
Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
admissions process
examinee's choice
rater reliability
score adjustment
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