Unicamp’s entrance exam has pandemic and earthworks in its questions – 11/07/2021 – Education

The first phase of the entrance exam at Unicamp (State University of Campinas), held this Sunday (7) in 31 cities in the state of São Paulo and in five capitals in other states, included questions about the coronavirus pandemic and a historical discussion on earthworks.

According to Comvest (Permanent Commission for University Entrance Exams at Unicamp), abstention was 7.7%, the lowest in 8 years. There were 58,425 candidates present who will compete for 2,540 vacancies, in 69 undergraduate courses at the institution.

The test this Sunday opened the calendar of the main entrance exams in the country.

“We were very apprehensive, but fortunately everything went very well,” said José Alves de Freitas Neto, director of Comvest.

The announcement of those called up for the second phase will be on December 13th, and the tests will be on January 9th and 10th.

Teachers of pre-university courses agreed that the extra hour of testing and the reduction from 90 to 72 questions favored the students. The measures were adopted because candidates for the 2021 entrance exam had additional difficulties with high school content due to the closing of schools because of Covid.

The daily life of the pandemic was addressed in a Portuguese question about the neologism roça-office, in reference to remote work far from large urban centers.

A question on the English test dealt with the inefficiency of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 cases and the impact of false news in the scientific field. In biology the virus transmission chain appeared. Vaccine doses appeared in math question statements.

In the history test, a question asked for reflection on the flat Earth myth from the perspective of the great Portuguese navigations.

“We wanted to show that, from time to time, earthmoving ideas arise, despite knowing that the Earth has been round since classical antiquity. We have been fighting earthworkers in our tests for a long time,” said the director of Comvest.

Other topics covered in the test were indigenous memory, refugees, gasoline prices, sustainability, essential jobs in the pandemic, biomes, African history, industrialization in Latin America, among others.

According to the coordinator of the Stage course, Edmilson Motta, Unicamp’s first stage was more difficult than the previous year’s race. “It was an interpretation-based test, which is not necessarily a simple test,” he said.

Motta draws attention to a geography issue that may be subject to a request for annulment. According to him, on the map of Africa, a region was identified as a desert climate, but it is an area of ​​sahel, the transition from desert to savannah.

For Serginho, Portuguese teacher of the Objective course, the Portuguese language test was easier than in previous years. “It was an objective test in which the student could do well if he paid enough attention to the statements”, he said. According to him, 6 of the 10 books nominated were charged.

The history test, according to Ricardo Di Carlo, also from the Objective, was complex. “It required the student to carefully read large texts,” he said.

The word cringe, widely used on social networks this year to talk about generational differences among young people, was used in a matter of grammar.

The use of masks and alcohol gel was mandatory throughout the race. Candidates were allowed to take food, but consumption was prohibited inside the test application rooms. Each location provided an open and controlled space for food. Inside the rooms, only drinking water was allowed. The same rules will apply for the second phase.


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