The Chilean website PSU Educarchile, which helps students to
prepare the entrance examination to college, was the only Latin American
project awarded (September 27) with one of the six WISE Awards 2012, presented
annually by the Qatar Foundation for distinguish innovation in education.
PSU Educarchile is a free and interactive online platform
which allows students from last years of secondary education prepare to the
University Selection Test (PSU), an examination of language, math, science and
social science prerequisite to enter the Chilean universities.
While schools prepare their students for this exam, those
who can pay in pre-university parallel courses tend to receive better training
and achieve higher scores on admission.
The platform - which works with publicly, private and
philanthropic funded -is an alternative to these paid centers, because it
allows testing using tools including a website with more than 57 000 test
questions, exam podcasts with content and messages text to cell phones. It also
offers support through Facebook and Twitter.
The site receives 120,000 visits a month across the country.
The 60 percent of all users come from public schools, ie, students with not so
much economical resources and who has difficulties to pay Preuniversitario or
"This is an innovative solution that aims directly at
reducing inequity gaps due to the distance and social vulnerability, or
generated by the inability of many students to attend classes for specific
situations such as the 2010 earthquake or shots year colleges past, said the
director of EducarChile portal.
(Source: SciDev Net)