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Different Assessment Tools Applied for Admission to Graduate Education in the Republic of Azerbaijan
The paper deals with the centralized admission examinations to graduate education level which have been conducted by the State Examination Centre (the SEC) of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the country since 2005. The SEC has been improving the content and format of admission examinations ever since. Application for admission to graduate education is conducted via Internet. Admission examination is held in two stages: At the first stage of the examination, the logical thinking, foreign language and computer science skills of the applicants are assessed via paper-based test examination. Those who meet the conditions of admission competition, gain the right to participate at the second stage of the examination. At the second stage, the knowledge of the bachelors in the sphere of speciality is assessed by means of paper-based examination. Bachelors choosing several admission programmes answer both multiple-choice and constructed-response test items in this stage of the examination. Graduate degree specializations are grouped into 75 programmes. The bachelors who choose certain programmes answer the given questions in the written form. The bachelors who choose the specializations requiring special aptitude take aptitude examinations instead of test examination. The bachelors who want to be admitted to foreign language specializations write essays in foreign languages. The bachelors who want to be admitted to translation specializations translate the material given in the mother tongue into foreign languages. The bachelors who want to be admitted to journalism specializations pass both oral interview and essay-writing stages. After the SEC reports the results of the second stage of the examination for admission to graduate programmes of higher education institutions and Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences the exam participants who meet the minimum requirements set by the SEC choose specializations and are admitted to graduate programmes on the basis of their scores gained in two exam stages.