“Only real knowledge and real skills guarantee enrolment to the higher educational institutions and specialised secondary educational establishments”, First Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Zhuk, was quoted as saying in his welcoming speech to the participants of the international conference “Modern Testing: Questions and Ways of Development” held in Minsk. The organizers of the conference are the Republican Institute of Knowledge Control and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus at the UNESCO assistance
“Knowledge testing experts from a number of European countries were introduced to the practice of testing technologies in the educational system of Belarus. And in their turn, they shared the experience of knowledge testing in their countries.
The participants of the conference were unanimous in their opinion that centralized testing cannot be the only form of knowledge assessment, because when testing the entrants of artistic faculties it is necessary to evaluate their ability level. And such disciplines as vocal, drawing or physical culture cannot be assessed with the help of tests.
The system based on the assessment of knowledge with the use of testing technologies was launched in Belarus in 1998 alongside with the traditional knowledge assessment system. However, the advantages of centralized system such as validity, independence, effectiveness, information security and scientific justification of the test method predetermined the transition to this method countrywide. Besides, according to the experts, only centralized testing solves such an important social problem as securing equal rights and opportunities for all the entrants enrolling to the higher educational institutions and specialised secondary educational