Eighth grade exam in presence for 565 thousand children.  Mathematics and speaking are more frightening

Before the Maturity there are 14-year-old boys and girls engaged in the eighth grade exam. An army of 565,630 candidates on their first test since sitting in a pew. For most of them the test, which marks the passage to high school, will start on Monday 13, while one in five has already dealt with the writings.

The 2022 exam also marks the return in presence for the middle schools: the modality does not entirely correspond to the period before the pandemic, but is a rapprochement with the pre-covid formula. The two written tests are back – one in Italian and one on logical-mathematical skills – but not the third on foreign languages. The oral exam is an interview on the program of the last year which includes the verification of competences on English and civic education.

“We as teachers are happy, if the exam makes sense that there is, it is right that it has its own dignity, that sets a threshold of commitment and difficulty adequate for the growth of the children” he observes Stefano Camasta, Italian teacher at the Farini middle school in Bologna.

Doesn’t like the return to normal

But the candidates? It is Skuola.net in one of its traditional surveys before the exams, to tell their anxieties and expectations. The return to normal, or almost, does not like the students: only 23% of the survey participants are better off taking a more complete test. 65%, on the contrary, would have liked to continue with the reduced version of the exam, with only the essay. On the other hand, the return of the tests in the classrooms of their school was good for the children: 43% believe it is better to carry out the exam in person, against 32% who instead would have liked to continue at a distance, as happened in the last two years.

Mathematics and oral are more frightening

The math test and speaking are more frightening. 41% of the candidates said they were worried about having to answer the questions of the commission lined up. While, among the written tests, it is above all that of mathematics that disturbs the sleep of the children: so for 40% of them. The subject of Italian, on the other hand, is considered much more affordable: only 14% of the interviewees fear it.

However, it is not only their emotional state that fuels the doubts and uncertainties of the students. There is also – says Skuola.net, the perception of what has been done in class in view of the exam. The “work” done by the professors in recent months, in fact, collects discordant opinions: 46% found the help received from their teachers only “sufficient”, while just 15% believed they had been properly assisted; 26% complain of lack of consideration by their teachers and of not having been adequately prepared for the written tests, while 13% say they have not received the slightest indication to prepare for the exam.

Pessimistic but not too much

For the paper to bring to the interview, the survey reveals, 42% of the interviewees affirmed that they were inspired in the choice of the theme by surfing the Net; 28% say they used it to find a good starting point; only 24% of pupils intend to bet everything on their abilities. Finally, there is a shy 6% who admit that they will most likely copy and paste what they find on the Internet.

In general, however, the feelings of the students are not so bad: 61% of the interviewees say they are confident, considering themselves prepared enough to face it.

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