Final exam assessment will have to be recalculated for primary school children

Primary school kids in the Netherland just got their final exams assessment for where they will be going to for their secondary school. There was an error of epic proportions where a mistake was made in the final test of 20,000 students, reports NOS, giving them a wrong assessment. However, we still don’t know the exact numbers.

It is now unavoidable for the assessment to be adjusted. However, they don’t have to take the test again, but a new assessment will be calculated as soon as possible. It is then possible for everyone to check if the secondary schools chosen for the pupils was wrong, and how this can be adjusted.

According to NOS, the mistake lies with “independent experts, not by the commercial test providers”, where the error was noticed when schools figured out that the results from the “final test was very different or higher than expected”.

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What is this final test and why is it important?

The final test is an assessment which determines which stream of secondary school the pupil will be moving on to after primary school (like HAVO, VMBO, etc.). It pretty much determines how the next few years in the pupil’s educational career will turn out, including what opportunities they have access to, the kind of courses and universities they can apply to, and so on. So, yeah – it was a pretty big deal.

My heart truly goes out to the kids right now, because exams are not easy for a lot of people. It involves a lot of anxiety, and anticipation, especially when this one test seems to be held at such a high accord by everyone else. Did your child take the exams recently? Let us know in the comments, below!

Kavana Desai
Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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