The national aptitude test is being brought forward one week to February 16 to 19 next year, to avoid a clash with the February 24 election date.
All high schools across the country have been instructed to complete the final exam by February 15 to ensure students can take the aptitude test according to the new timetable, said education minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin.
The decision was made on Thursday at a meeting between the education ministry and Secretariat of the Conference of University Presidents and National Institute of Educational Testing Service.
Responding to concerns that students would be stressed because they have to take the aptitude test right after their school exams, the minister said that the General and Professional and Academic Aptitude Tests or GAT and PAT were for testing the students’ aptitude and could be taken anytime, he added.
The test had to be brought forward rather than after the election to avoid any effect on the university admission schedule, Teerakiat explained. This way the timetable would not be affected, he said.