Higher education: postponement of all competitions and exams at the earliest at the end of May

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OUTSTANDING – While the spread of coronavirus continues, Jean-Michel Blanquer and Frédérique Vidal decided on Tuesday to revise the calendar as well as the organization of the national competitions planned for the spring.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, higher education exams and competitions scheduled to take place in the coming weeks are expected to be replaced or postponed, at best, to the end of May, the government announced on Tuesday. Thus, the writings of the post-class preparatory exams for the grandes écoles, initially scheduled during the months of April and May, will be reorganized from the end of May.

This concerns both entrance exams to the Grandes Ecoles (business and management schools such as HEC or ESSEC, engineering schools such as Centrale or Polytechnique) as well as those organized within universities to access the second year of medical studies (PACES). Same thing for the BTS tests which will also be rescheduled from the end of May.

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On the other hand, the recruitment competitions of the National Education which were to end at the end of March, should, them, take place "between June and July" but "subject to the evolution of the health situation", underlines the ministry for Higher Education and Education in a press release. They "will be the subject of a specific communication in the coming days," he said.

In addition, the written tests for postbac competitions (such as the Institutes of Political Studies or the Sesame competition, common to 14 business and management schools) "will be replaced by an examination of the applicants' academic records as part of the national pre-registration procedure via the Parcoursup platform ".

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Each registered candidate will be personally informed of the new calendar and the terms of reorganization of the competition concerning him. A dedicated information page will be opened in the coming days on the website of the Ministry of Higher Education, it is also specified.

With regard to the partial of the universities, "the establishments adapt and already organize them in several forms (quiz, oral in videoconferences, homework …)", we indicate to the Ministry of Education superior.

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