(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Education Ministry announced on Monday that after conducting an examination
of the math matriculation exam which took place last month, it found students’
complaints to be justified: The exam was “unusually hard” and the load of
questions which it contained was not adapted to the scope of time students had
to solve it.
The ministry conducted the investigation after students from
across the country expressed their frustration with the exam questions after the
One Rehovot high school student, who was in the most advanced level
math class and had received a score of 90 for his schoolwork on the subject,
told The Jerusalem Post that the exam was “above [his]
According to him, “the general feeling wasn’t good,” and most
of his classmates shared the same impression after finishing the test. Some
teachers had also expressed concern about the difficulty of the
In order to compensate, the ministry stated that students
would be graded on their four best answers out of the six they provided in the
first part of the test. A ninepoint factor will also be added to each grade for
On the second part of the exam, only the best two answers out
of three will be examined and four points will be added to each
In addition, the advanced level math course curriculum will be
re-evaluated and the ministry will formulate conclusions ahead of the upcoming
school year. Teachers will be trained according to the changes in order to
implement the revised study plan.
The ministry also pledged to adjust the
number of questions on the test to the amount of time students get to solve it
and reconsider the structure of the exam.
Executive director of the
Education Ministry, Dalit Stauber, who conducted the examination, stressed
however that the five units matriculation exam is not supposed to be easy and is
“a challenge that requires effort.”
The ministry will also revise the
existing rules for writing matriculation questionnaires and determine new ones.