Finnish Univer­sities of Applied Sciences will organise their entrance exami­na­tions online

Finnish Univer­sities of Applied Sciences will organise their entrance exami­na­tions online

The univer­sities of applied sciences have, in view of the pandemic situation, decided that the second joint AMK entrance exami­na­tions this spring will be organised online. There were 92 000 appli­cants to the univer­sities of applied sciences by the end of the appli­cation period on 1 April. 75 000 of those sought admission in the joint appli­cation examinations.

The decision to organise the exami­na­tions online was taken in order to protect the health of appli­cants, staff and their families. There are no projec­tions for the progress of the Corona pandemic and we are therefore unable to predict a safe future date for the entrance exam.

The entrance exami­na­tions will be organised sometime in early June, at a date to be announced later.

The univer­sities of applied sciences have cooperated in devel­oping the student selection process for several years and also have the know-how to organise the exami­na­tions online.

They feel it is important that, in addition to selection based on school perfor­mance, there are other ways for appli­cants to be selected for degree programmes.

About half the intake of the univer­sities of applied sciences will be filled based on the appli­cants’ school perfor­mance. School perfor­mance will determine between 20 and 80 per cent of selec­tions, depending on the university. Expanding the selection by school perfor­mance would not have guaranteed the equal treatment of applicants. 

There were 33 000 people among the appli­cants, whose certifi­cates could not be graded the way the matric­u­lation certifi­cates and AMK vocational certifi­cates (after 1.8.2015) are graded. This group includes people with older vocational quali­fi­ca­tions, Bachelor’s degrees, post-secondary quali­fi­ca­tions, specialist vocational quali­fi­ca­tions, foreign degrees and a completed general upper secondary school syllabus without a matric­u­lation certificate.

Changing the form of exami­nation will not change the date of the academic schedule and therefore will not impact a student’s right to financial aid.


Student admis­sions at univer­sities of applied sciences: questions and answers

1 How have the univer­sities of applied sciences decided to carry out student admis­sions in the spring of 2020?

Univer­sities of applied sciences will carry out student admis­sions as previ­ously announced: by selection based on school certificate and entrance exams.

The entrance exami­nation for the second joint appli­cation system for univer­sities of applied sciences will be arranged as a remote exam due to the current emergency condi­tions. The reason for this decision is to avoid endan­gering the health of appli­cants and staff and their family members.

2 What does the exam require of the applicant?

The applicant must have a working computer with Internet connection. The exam software supports up-to-date versions of the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari

Other modern browsers may work, as well.

You must have JavaScript and cookies enabled in your browser.

The software has been thoroughly tested with the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • macOS 10.14
  • Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS

Before the entrance exami­nation, check the infor­mation on the website (in Finnish or Swedish).

3 Why was the entrance exami­nation not postponed?

It is impos­sible to predict when the epidemic will end, and the situation may vary in different parts of the country. Therefore, it is impos­sible to also predict what would be a safe time for arranging the postponed entrance examination.

Postponing the exam would have affected the schedule of student admis­sions and thus the beginning of the autumn term. This would have made it harder for new students to move to their place of study and find apart­ments and possibly affected their student financial aid in early autumn.

4 Why are univer­sities of applied sciences not carrying out student selection based on school certificate

Univer­sities of applied sciences consider it important that appli­cants have also other routes to the degree programme besides selection based on school certificate.

Univer­sities of applied sciences select approx­i­mately half of the students by selection based on school certificate. Depending on the study programme, 20–80 % of the available student places will be filled by selection based on school certificate

The number of appli­cants whose certifi­cates cannot be scored in the same way as certifi­cates for matric­u­lation exami­nation or vocational upper secondary quali­fi­ca­tions completed after 1 August 2015 is 33,000. This group includes persons with an older vocational upper secondary quali­fi­cation, a secondary level quali­fi­cation, a further vocational quali­fi­cation, a specialist vocational quali­fi­cation, a degree completed abroad or a completed upper secondary school syllabus without a matric­u­lation examination.

Extending the selection based on school certificate would not have ensured equal treatment of applicants. 

5 Why was the decision to change entrance exams made only now? Why was the remote online exam not announced before the end of the joint appli­cation process?

Infor­mation available on coron­avirus and the epidemic is constantly increasing and changing.

Univer­sities of applied sciences have been cooper­ating on the matter with univer­sities, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish National Agency for Education. During the prepa­ration process, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has been providing infor­mation on the epidemic. The decision on exam arrange­ments has been made as soon as it has been possible to do so. 

6 Is the solution now equal and legal for all applicants?

The decision to carry out entrance exams remotely gives all appli­cants the oppor­tunity to try to get a student place. Issues of equality and legality are examined very carefully at all stages of the decision making process.

7 What should an applicant do now?

The changes do not require any action from the appli­cants at this stage.

By 30 April, appli­cants will be informed of the date of the entrance exami­nation and the prereq­ui­sites for partic­i­pating in it.

The changes are commu­ni­cated on Studyinfo, the website and the website of the univer­sities of applied sciences. In addition, appli­cants are asked to follow the email address given in Studyinfo.