At the first two weekends of June, the Brazilian Extension Course (BEC) department organised our first Enem mock test (the Brazilian university entrance test), already catering for recent changes adopted by the Brazilian government regarding that important exam.
This event happens at the same time at the Barra and at the Urca sites and it is already part of the BEC academic calendar. Our IB students expect to sit mock exams along the year in order to get ready for the challenges that lie ahead regarding the Brazilian universities entrance tests.
A number of students from Class 10 and Class 11 came to our school on Sundays mornings to test their abilities in different areas, such as Languages, Writing Essays, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Human Sciences.
João Renato C. and Bia T., both from Class 10, give their insight on the importance of an experience like that to their academic life at the British School:
“On the last two weeks, some of the Class 10 took the mock examination for the Enem. It was a very enriching experience, as many of us had never seen this test before. Having the school given this opportunity to us was essential for our intellectual growth and enabled us to understand what a Brazilian examination assesses. Also, by doing the exam I was able to know that many of the content from the IB is a part of it, which is really useful especially for students that want to stay in Brazil for university.”
“The simulado was very important to me. Even though I aim to study abroad, I still consider the possibility of studying in Brazil and going to universities such as ITA, PUC, IBMEC, USP, Candido Mendes and so on. The simulado was one of my first contacts with any Brazilian evaluation systems, as well as exposing me to the standard that I have to be on in order to study at a good university here. I was really surprised at how much harder it was compared to what I expected, for some reason pupils develop rumours that the Enem and the vestibular are easy and there is no need to revise nor study for them. Now, I can tell that these statements are false, this simulado really opened my mind to the challenges that the Enem proposes and with that, I can prepare properly for my next Brazilian assessment.”
João Renato C.
The BEC department will organise, as in previous years, other simulados next semester, mirroring those carried out this term: PUC and Enem mock exams. Our idea is to provide our IB students with opportunities to get to know the main Brazilian universities entrance systems and to understand how those tests work. More importantly, the feedback given during lessons are paramount for our students so that they have an overview of their performance and prepare for the next assessment.
João Paulo Dias