Thanaweya Amma exams resume in Egypt on Saturday with core subjects

Ahram Online , Friday 21 Jun 2024

The Thanaweya Amma, or high school, exams will resume in Egypt on Saturday after a brief break for the week-long Eid Al-Adha holiday.

File photo: school students sitting an exam (Photo: Al-Ahram)


The critical exams – which determine university prospects based on grades obtained – had already begun on 10 June with non-core subjects – which do not factor into the overall grade.

As of Saturday, senior high school students will take the core curriculum (GPA subjects) exams, which will continue until 20 July.

A total of 745,860 students – in both humanities and science divisions – will take exams in 1,981 examination halls across the country.

This year's format of exams will closely resemble previous years, with the same distribution of objective and essay questions per subject, as per an earlier statement by the Ministry of Education.

Last year's open-book system will carry over, where a student receives a concepts booklet at the start of each subject's exam and returns it to proctors at the end.

Around 85 percent of the exam paper consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ), while 15 percent includes essay questions.

The change in the exam system is part of the country’s effort to overhaul the education system and transform it from a memorization-based system to a comprehension-centered one.

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