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After botched exam, Brazil tries to redeem its version of the SAT

Nearly 10,000 students are retaking the exam today in Brazil as part of the country's marred efforts to enable more students to attend state-run universities.

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Thousands of Brazilian students are retaking their university entrance exam today in the latest of a series of Education Ministry debacles that have further undermined Brazil’s already precarious commitment to learning.

An estimated 9,500 students in 17 of Brazil’s 27 states are being given the chance to retake the test after November’s original exam was beset by problems. Many of the students were given test papers that mixed up question and answer sheets, leaving them unsure of how to complete the test.

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The confusion was exacerbated by adjudicators who were unable to clarify the situation and nonsensical rules that forbade participants from taking pencils, erasers, and even watches into the exam room.

The government at first played down the problem, saying less than 3,000 out of the 3.3 million students who took the test were affected. But it later increased that number to three times the original estimate.

But even then, many teachers say students who should have been allowed to retake the test were not given the chance.


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