20,000 take National Aptitude Test
LAHORE, July 16: About 20,000 students from Lahore took the National
Aptitude Test (NAT) at 13 centres across the city on Sunday, National Testing
Service (NTS) Director Dr Haroon Rasheed said.
were satisfied with the arrangements and the test, but some arts students
complained that the mathematics test was difficult.
The NTS is a private
organisation which is providing testing services to universities. The NTS
director said 52,000 students from across Pakistan had enrolled this year and
that 81 centers had been set up in 35 cities for 22 universities. He said the
department had received around 44,000 applications for the examination for
admission in undergraduate classes and about 8,000 for admission in postgraduate
It was observed that some science students were satisfied
with the test while the few arts students who had difficulties asked for a
review on the testing policy. The 60 percent of the test was compulsory, 30
percent had choice for arts and science students and 10 percent for general
Rasheed said that the government had directed to
formulate a uniformed test for all students. He said the NTS had received such
complains from arts students but professors from various public universities had
prepared the paper keeping in view the level of science and arts students. He
said the NTS examination style was an effort to improve education standards in
the country as this type of testing was becoming popular in the world.
Registrar Dr Naeem Khan said that arts students should not be
disheartened as the NAT result would not be criteria for admission in the
university, though it was necessary that student attach NTS result card along
with the admissions forms. He said a candidate who had scores 20 or 30 marks in
the test but met eligibility criteria would be given consideration. Daily times
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