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How is the PAU grade calculated in Alicante, Valencia and Castellón?

Archive photo of the 2019 university entrance exams.

Archive photo of the 2019 university entrance exams.

The Selectivity exams in the Valencian Community the days will be made June 8, 9 and 10. A University Access Test (PAU) which, unlike last year, will be carried out with students having completed second year of high school in person. Likewise, the Minister of Universities, Carolina Pascual, has been very proud of the planning work of the exam centers and added that the campuses are “absolutely prepared because they have the experience of the entire course.”

The mark that the participants obtain in these exams will determine what careers they can take and, for this reason, the results are very important for the students who will begin the exercise on day 8. Many of them, before taking the tests, have doubts about how the grade is calculated. And the answer is not simple at all in the “new Selectivity” that was implemented a few years ago. Moreover, it seems that it is necessary to take another exam to learn how to calculate it.

First of all you have to differentiate between university entrance note (NAU) and of access to university degrees.

University access note (NAU)

The NAU is the qualification of the known as “Mandatory Phase” y is the mean of the 5 exams in this phase, rounded to the third decimal place. The subjects that belong to this phase are Spanish: Language and Literature II, Valencian: Language and Literature II, Foreign Language (German, French, English or Italian), History of Spain and the general core subject of modality. This can be Mathematics II, Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences II, Latin II, or Foundations of Art II.

The qualification of this “Compulsory Phase” must be greater than or equal to 4 and will be expressed from 0 to 10 with 3 decimal places. Likewise, it must be taken into account that the university entrance mark will be the weighted average between the average grade of the Baccalaureate, which will have a weighting of 60%, and the qualification of the Compulsory Phase of the University access test, that will count 40%.

Access note to university degrees

For admission to university degrees, the university entrance mark (NAU) will be taken into account, which will be increased by up to four points with the weights resulting from the qualifications in the “Voluntary Phase”, the general core subject of modality (Mathematics II, Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences II, Latin II or Fundamentals of Art II) and the foreign language of the “Compulsory Phase” (German, French, English or Italian).

Regarding these subjects of the “Voluntary Phase” it should be clarified that the students can be examined in a maximum of four and they must be different from the subjects you have in the “Compulsory Phase”. Likewise, only grades equal to or greater than 5 points will be considered.

The weights of these subjects will result from multiplying the weighting coefficient of 0 or 0.1 or 0.2 for the qualification of the corresponding exam, in accordance with the weighting document approved by the Management Commission of the University Access and Pre-enrollment Processes that can be consulted in this link.

Therefore, to calculate the qualification for access to a certain degree, the following formula must be carried out:

Degree access mark = (QFO x 0.4 + QMB x 0.6) + ax M1 + bx M2

  • QFO is the rating of the Compulsory Phase of the PAU expressed to three decimal places.

  • QMB is the average high school grade, expressed to two decimal places.

  • a and b are the weights (0 or 0.1 or 0.2).

  • M1 and M2 are the grades, with two decimal places, of the two subjects of the Voluntary Phase or of the general core subject of modality or foreign language of the Compulsory Phase of 2020 or 2019 that give the highest final grade after weighting .

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