(posted Jan. 28, 3:30 p.m.)- Less than 20% of high school graduates passed the basic admissions test to enroll in National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in Managua, according to a report published today in La Prensa.
Isabel Benavides, UNAN’s vice-rector of academics, told La Prensa that only 2,163 high school graduates of 12,230 tested were able to score 60 points or higher on the college admissions test. Of those tested, 80% were graduates of public high school and 20% had gone to private high schools.
The highest score on the test was obtained by a perspective premed student who scored 88%.
Overall, the results of the UNAN’s admissions test were slightly better than those reported earlier this month by the National University of Engineering (UNI), which had a failure rate of 94%.
UNAN Managua has more than 7,000 students. The Nicaragua Dispatch tried to reach to the university for comment but no one answered any of the numbers for the central switchboard.