It’s not an arbitrary custom.
On November 16, South Korea held its annual Faculty Scholastic Capacity Take a look at (CSAT), which was taken by a whole bunch of 1000’s of scholars nationwide. The take a look at is usually thought of a very powerful examination in a Korean citizen’s life, because it just about decides their profession trajectory properly prematurely.
Since 2006, this take a look at has at all times been administered on Thursdays. However that was not been the case because the starting. The primary Suneung (the Korean time period for the CSATs) was launched in 1993, for the varsity yr 1994. It changed the Faculty Entrance Energy Take a look at after being criticized for focusing an excessive amount of on rote memorization. In 1993, Suneung was performed on a Friday. However from 1994 to 2005, the take a look at was held on Wednesdays.
The distribution of examination papers to 84 cities, counties, and districts everywhere in the nation often takes three days. The method contains the time required to move the papers and the time concerned in cross-checking by authorities to make sure all packages attain their vacation spot with none intervention.
After arriving on the designated location in every area’s training workplace, the examination sheets are saved in a high-security facility till the early mornings of the Suneung day, when it’s despatched to the take a look at websites.
For Suneung to happen on a Wednesday, query papers have to be transported on a Sunday. Nevertheless, on Sundays, there are excessive probabilities of site visitors congestion as a consequence of weekend journey. Friday, then again, is prevented by the Korea Institute of Curriculum and Analysis (KICE) because the unhealthy site visitors throughout Friday afternoons makes it exhausting to gather the reply sheets after the examination and transport them again to the analysis middle for grading.
Finally, Thursday was chosen as the best day to conduct the take a look at since 2006, because it ensured the transportation of the examination sheets to and from the take a look at facilities on time. KICE makes the take a look at schedule by consultations between the Ministry of Schooling and every training workplace to designate the perfect date for college students to take the examination.
One other benefit to conducting the examination on Thursdays, as defined by KICE, is that college students have the prospect to evaluate their take a look at solutions with friends and academics the following day at college and get instant recommendation on school admission possibilities by doing so.
The 2023 Suneung was held on November 16 Thursday, from 8:40 am to five:45 pm at 1,279 take a look at websites throughout the nation. Greater than 480,000 college students took the take a look at, and round 31.7% are resits.