© Inho Shin
The Korean government decided to proceed with the CSAT and college entrance exams despite the level of social distancing. It has been finalized to be taken on Thursday December 3rd, 2020 and the number of people registered is expected to be the lowest in recent decades.
The coronavirus infection rate did not stay low for long. Among many events that have been postponed and canceled waiting for the infection rate to drop, the national college entrance exam was one of the most important annual events. The CSAT has been taken on the second Thursday in November every year for the past couple of decades, but it was unclear this year, until the government had finalized the dates to Thursday, December 3rd.
The Korean government assured that there would be no further change of the date. The exam is to be taken, although the social distancing level has risen to the 3rd level. It was also decided that all the students would take classes online from a week before the exam. Minister of Education, Yoo Eun-hye said that she would form a committee to prevent further crisis and to manage the examination without further spreading pandemic. There are to be 24 students in a classroom, while it used to be 28 last year, and each table will be placed 2 meters apart from one another. Students will be divided by their examination types and be placed in separate locations.
Following this protocol, the number of schools to be used is estimated to be 25,318, an increase of 4,318 schools compared to last year. Among the schools, 111 schools are for those who are in self-isolation and it is expected to increase if the number of the infected continues to rise. The government decided to proceed with the examination as an exception to the social distancing policy and it is not to be postponed or canceled any further. There would be more measures to be implemented following up the social situation around the time of the examination.