[unpad.ac.id, 3/14/2019] The implementation of the Computer-Based Writen Examination (UTBK) as a requirement to take part in the 2019 SBMPTN (Joint Selection of State Owned University Entry) will be conducted from mid-April 2019. University of Padjadjaran as the UTBK implementation coordinator stated that it is ready to facilitate the smooth-running of the exam.
Unpad Chancellor Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad said, the UTBK system has been developed very reliably and carefully. Various preparations and developments have been done.
The implementation of UTBK itself has actually been carried out since 2016, as one of the methods in the SBMPTN. Every year, UTBK is opened with a scale of participants that continues to be improved. For this year, the SBMPTN implementation has entirely used the UTBK method.
To that end, the Chancellor appealed to the exam participants not to worry that the exam would be constrained by system or network problems. It has conducted a trial of the UTBK system simultaneously in all regions in Indonesia. As a result, this system has been running well.
The standards for implementing UTBK have also been developed strictly. This standard will be applied in all UTBK operators in Indonesia. Thus, the quality of the UTBK system will be equal in each region.
The Chancellor explained that there is a special feature of the UTBK method compared to the previous printed test method. The computer-based method developed by the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education aims to make higher education more appropriate for gaining prospective students.
To realize this goal, the selection mechanism was developed more specifically. In previous years UTBK was attended by participants who had registered for the SBMPTN. This year, participants must join UTBK first to get results.
From the results of UTBK, participants then had a recommendation to choose a suitable study program through the SBMPTN pathway.
“In the past, we only knew that competence from psychology assessment test when in high school. Now, from the 2 types of tests available in UTBK, each test score obtained by participants can be matched with the intended study program,” said the Chancellor.
Further explained, two types of tests in UTBK consist of a scholastic potential test and an academic potential test. Each type of test can determine participants’ competencies towards the intended study program.
Every study program offered by a university on the SBMPTN already has its own weighting data. Participants just need to adjust the UTBK test results with the ‘treshold point’ of the study program. This system is considered more encouraging participants to really choose study programs that are in accordance with their competencies.
“For students, choosing the right study program is important because it is the first step of their future career,” said the Chancellor.
The Chancellor made sure that the question material tested in UTBK was material that had been studied by students in high school. “We cannot provide test material which is not match with what they studied in high school,” he said.
In addition, UTBK avoids participants from filling errors. Because it is technology based, participants do not have to bother blackening the answer sheet. This method is considered easier for participants to do.
UTBK registration is opened in 2 rounds. The first round is opened from March 1 to March 24. While the second round is open from March 25 to April 1 2019. Registration is done on the registration page-utbk.ltmpt.ac.id.
The Chancellor added that unlike the previous UTBK SBMPTN implementation which was held simultaneously one day, this year UTBK was held for several days. The UTBK test for the first round of registrants is conducted April 13 to May 4 2019. While the UTBK test for the second round is held on May 11 – May 26, 2019.
When registering, participants are given the option to choose the test date and time of the exam which consists of a morning or afternoon session.
Participants may participate in UTBK a maximum of 2 times with the following conditions: follow UTBK once for the Science-Tech category and other for the Social-Humanities and vice versa, or twice both are for the Science-Tech category or Social-Humanities. *
Reported by Arief Maulana | Translated by dfa