Soldier teaches in class, 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
As high school students nationwide take their matriculation exams retests this
month, some combat soldiers facing the end of their service will also take the
tests, after weeks of studying at the army’s matriculation exam
The course, which is operating in collaboration with the
Ministry of Education, lasts between 7 and 11 weeks and prepares about soldiers
for matriculation exams in math, civics and English.
Commander of the
matriculation courses Dafna Barchad, explained that the participants come from
all populations in Israel and had not been able to finish their matriculation
while in high school for a variety of reasons.
“In 12th grade, you tend
to think more about the upcoming vacation and the army but not about anything
after that like studying at a college or university,” she told the Jerusalem
on Sunday, “Towards the end of their service, they [the soldiers] realize
that these things are really important and they need to get this [their
matriculation exams] done.”
“I think young people in Israel also go
through a maturation process at 18 years old and when they are in the army and
they start understanding the importance of this,” she added.
Barchad, the army matriculation course shows a success rate of about 95%, a
significantly high number which, she believes, is a result of the participants’
“Soldiers who get into our course spend weeks studying
from sunday to thursday, from 8am to 6pm,” Barchad told the Post, “It’s an
incredible reward for soldiers who get accepted, because we have a very tight
number of spots and can’t accept everyone.”
“They do this by choice, so
motivation is very high and their commanders push them very hard to success, she
added, “It’s very fulfilling to see a soldier arrive having failed the test and
see how he suddenly finds the strength and succeeds.”
exams administered to soldiers are especially developed for and adapted to them
by the Ministry of Education.
According to data provided by the IDF
spokesperson, some 215 soldiers are enrolled in the current class of the
program, 80 percent of whom are combat soldiers and 20% serve in combat support
This month, 15 of them will be taking the matriculation exam
in English, 25 will take the four-unit exam in math and 175 soldiers will take
the three-unit test in math.
In the previous cycle of the program, which
took place in January, some 255 soldiers studied for their matriculation: 145
took the three-unit math exam, 26 went for the four-unit test, 15 took the exam
in English and 96 took the civics test.