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Jan 30, 2024

2,710 people obtained a bachelor's degree with the validation of the Icfes in 2023

It is a validation test that the Icfes offers to national and foreign citizens over 18 years of age. The next application of this exam will be on Sunday, April 7, 2024 and registration for the ordinary registration was open until Thursday, January 11, 2024, and the extraordinary one from Monday, January 15 to Friday, January 19, 2024.

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Jan 18, 2024

Colombia Icfes opened registrations for the State test Saber 11 in 2024

The Colombian Institute for the Evaluation of Education - Icfes, opened the registration process for the Saber 11 calendar B, Pre Saber and Validation of the Academic Baccalaureate tests , which will be carried out on site on Sunday, April 7, 2024, under the pencil modality and paper.

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Dec 13, 2023

Registration open for Saber 11 Test in 2024

The registration process is available and will be enabled until January 11, 2024, while the registration and extraordinary collection will be extended until January 19.

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Nov 29, 2023

Saber 11 Test 2023: mathematics and English, the subjects with the lowest scores

The results of the 2023 Saber 11 tests were published by an analysis by Icfes, in which it was known that more than half of the students evaluated were below the national average of 257 points.

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Nov 20, 2023

Icfes tests: these are the new skills that will be measured in students

Within the framework of the 10th edition of the Leaders for Education Summit, Elizabeth Blandón, director of Icfes, announced that they will integrate new tests to measure the learning of young Colombians.

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Jul 31, 2023

Colombia Saber 11 Test: Icfes extended the deadline for registrations

The Colombian Institute for the Evaluation of Education (ICFES) announced the extension of the term to register for the State Exams Saber 11 Calendar A, Pre Saber and Validation of the Academic Baccalaureate.

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Jul 17, 2023

Colombia Icfes announced the new date for the presentation of the Saber Pro tests

The Colombian Institute for the Evaluation of Education (Icfes) reported through its web portal that the Saber Pro and TyT tests for the first semester were scheduled for June 25 under the pencil and paper modality at the application site.

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Jul 10, 2023

Colombia Saber Pro and Saber TyT tests: 70,000 students could not take them after their cancellation

After the cancellation of the Saber Pro and Saber TyT tests scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, more than 70,000 students are waiting to learn about the rescheduling of these tests.

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Jul 6, 2023

Colombia Icfes postpones the first semester Saber Pro and TyT test session

Icfes reported that due to technical problems on the platform, the session had to be rescheduled.

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Jun 16, 2023

In Colombia, Education is at the center of the National Development Plan 2022-2026

The Minister of Education, Aurora Vergara Figueroa, accompanied President Gustavo Petro in the sanction of the Law of the National Development Plan (PND) 2022 - 2026, 'Colombia, world power of life', which outlines the road map to advance in the great transformations that the education of the country requires.

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Apr 27, 2023

Icfes 2023: these will be the dates of registration and completion of the exam

The Colombian Institute for the Evaluation of Education began the process for the Saber 11 calendar B, Pre Saber and Validation tests.

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Feb 24, 2023

Icfes reveals the schedule of the Saber Pro and TyT tests this 2023

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with professional, technical and technological programs will be able to register their students until January 10, to take the Saber Pro and Saber TyT tests for the first semester of this 2023. The application of these tests will be carried out in 2023 according to Icfes, on Saturday May 27 and Sunday June 11.

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Jan 19, 2023

Patrolmen denounce irregularities in the results of the promotion tests carried out by ICFES

According to what was indicated after the change in the results, 3,000 patrolmen were left without the possibility of being promoted to subintendents.

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Dec 27, 2022

Colombia ICFES presented the main advances and changes of the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th Saber Tests

The changes in the tests also seek to understand the socio-emotional skills of students in the school environment.

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Sep 20, 2022

Know the conclusions of the results of Colombia's Saber Tests

For the first time, a national measurement was carried out in the area of ​​socio-emotional skills, which aims to collect evidence that investigates emotional processes and cognitive regulation.

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Jun 10, 2022

Saber tests return in Colombia as Icfes prepares a massive evaluation to measure the impact of the pandemic

Icfes is preparing for a marathon day of exams to assess how the pandemic has affected the quality of education in colleges and schools across the country.

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Dec 22, 2021

What students in Colombia must do to legalize their university degree in another country

Each government must confirm the suitability of the person requesting recognition of their degree obtained in Colombia , and although these procedures vary between countries, there are some basic requirements that must be met in Colombia.

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Dec 20, 2021

Zero enrollment will benefit students of the National University in Colombia

Students of the National University of Colombia (UNAL) will benefit from the strategy of gradualism in the gratuitousness that gives access to public higher education to young people in conditions of socioeconomic vulnerability of strata 1, 2 and 3 and without stratification. The strategy will cover more than 695,000 students in the 63 public HEIs, including UNAL.

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Dec 17, 2021

Ministry of National Education opens a Call for Higher Education Institutions to strengthen their capacities and quality educational offer

In order to promote a relevant and quality educational offer in accordance with the needs of the territories, the Ministry of Education opens a call addressed to Higher Education Institutions (IES) in order to strengthen their technical capabilities to promote the design and updating of academic programs based on qualifications and in connection with the National Qualifications Framework.

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Dec 16, 2021

More than 60,000 students of technical and technological careers summoned to the Colombia Saber T&T State test

The Colombian Institute for the Evaluation of Education - Icfes will carry out the second fully electronic application of State tests of the year. The more than 60,000 people registered for the electronic Saber T&T test, at HOME or on the application SITE, who have already fulfilled 75% of the credits of their technical and technological programs.

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Colombia

Overview

La República de Colombia (The Republic of Colombia) is located in northwestern South America and is surrounded by Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, the North Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The population is 44,379,598, and the literacy rate is 92.8%. It is the 4th largest country in South America and the 26th largest in the world.

Hunter-gatherers were in the area as far back as 10,000BC. The Spanish explorer, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, arrived in 1508 and began the colonization of South America and the Kingdom of New Granada was established. It included the borders of present-day Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Panama. In 1810, independence from Spain was declared with Simón Bolívar as the first president of the Republic of Greater Colombia. Venezuela and Ecuador seceded from the Republic in 1830 and the country became known as Nueva Granada. It 1856, the name was changed to the Confederación Granadina until 1886 when the current name of República de Colombiawas adopted. Panama seceded in 1903.

Education

Primary Education

Education is compulsory from ages 5 to 13. Educación pre-escolar (pre-school education) is one year beginning at age 5. Educación Básica Primaria (Primary Basic Education) is 5 years and, upon completion, students are awarded a Certificado de Educación Básica. Educación Básica Secundaria (Lower Secondary Education) is 4 years and, upon completion, students are awarded a Certificado de Estudios de Bachillerato Básico or a Certificado de Conclusión del Ciclo Básico.

Secondary Education

Upper secondary (Educación Media) and technical upper secondary (Educación Media Técnica) is 2 years and is offered at colegios and liceos. Students are awarded a Bachillerato upon completion of studies.

Post-Secondary Education

First Cycle, Academic

Admission to universities requires a bachillerato and an examen del estado (state entrance exam). There are 75 public and private universidades and 90 instituciónes universitarias (university institutions). Coursework at this level is measured in unidades de labor académica (ULA) (academic work units). The first level of studies (licenciatura) is 4-5 years long and students are awarded a Título de Licenciado after earning at least 3200 ULAs. There are some degrees, relatively few, that are 3- or 3 ½ years in duration (2100 - 3000 ULAs). The Título Profesional is awarded after the minimum coursework and defense of a thesis. Law, engineering, medicine and dentistry programs are 5 years.

First cycle, Vocational/Technical

Technical and vocational post-secondary study is offered at 60 instituciónes tecnológicas(technological institutes) and 51 instituciónes técnicas professionales (professional technical institutions). Programs are 2-2.5 years and students are awarded a Título de Técnico Profesional Intermedio . 3-3.5-year programs award a Título de Tecnólogo or a Título de Licenciado.

Second Cycle

Graduate programs require a Título de Licenciado or a Título Profesional and an entrance examination for admission. After ½-1 year of study, students are awarded a Diplomado, after 1-2 years of study, students are awarded a Título de Especialista and the Título de Magister/Título de Maestría is awarded after 2 years and is the credential required for admission to doctoral programs. Título de Especialista programs following licenciado programs in law, engineering, medicine or dentistry are 1-4 years long.

Third Cycle

Doctoral programs require 2 years of coursework in the same area of study as the Magister/Maestría program, plus defense of a dissertation. Upon completion, students are awarded a Título de Doctor. Students in education doctoral programs are awarded a Título de Doctor en Ciencias de la Educación.

Teacher Training

Primary and secondary school teachers are all trained at the licenciatura level at faculties of education at universities and university institutions.


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