Students head abroad due to poor entrance test timing

Indonesia may lose prospective students due to the timing of its state university entrance test, writes Ni Nyoman Wira for The Jakarta Post.

“Universities abroad started entrance tests in November and December 2015, while Indonesia began the selection process for state universities in February 2016,” the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir told in Jakarta. The minister added that many students are reluctant to participate in the state university entrance test – SNMPTN or SBMPTN – because they have already been accepted at universities abroad.

The process for state university entrance is divided into stages. First, students are required to provide their final report for selection, known as SNMPTN. Second, students participate in a large-scale test, SBMPTN. Then, at the end of June, Independent Track starts. Meanwhile, universities abroad boast a simplified process and reportedly allow students to use a language certificate or TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language – in addition to other required documents to aid the process.
Full report on The Jakarta Post site