The EvAU is nothing more than an exam that gathers a large part of the knowledge of a whole school cycle, the college. But do the average marks of the EVAU define the quality of the school in which the students have studied? Let's look at it in detail.
Let's start with the basics and lay the foundations for understanding how this test works in order to move on with the article and, finally, to be able to answer the question in the headline.
What exactly does the EvAU consist of?
The EvAU is an exam that will help us to find out a student's cut-off mark. However, many parents believe that in this way the student is putting everything on the line in an exam. This is not the case.
The cut-off mark is the result of the average of the marks between the first and second year of Bachillerato and the EvAU exam. So, no matter how much a child "has a bad day", if he or she has been getting good marks throughout the course, it will not be a defining factor that a question in an exam has gone a little wrong.
In addition, the EvAU exam has many exams inside it: core subjects common to all and specific subjects, which will be focused on the sector or career that the future student wants to study and which, therefore, will be weighted more heavily.
Once we have understood this, let us continue with the analysis.
Obviously, it is an honour for any school, and a great help to its reputation and prestige, that the average marks of the students in this test are high.
But does it determine which schools are the best?
What does it mean when an average score is low?
With a basic knowledge of statistics you will know that an average can hide very common results, as well as very different ones. Therefore, you might find two students with very different grades: an 8 and a 4. A "B" and a "F", but the average grade is the same as if you find two students with a high grade (6 and 6 respectively).
Pupils who are particularly good in certain subjects
Another aspect to take into account is which subjects are being averaged. There are certain common subjects, such as languages or history, mathematics... that absolutely all students are obliged to take. Therefore, you can find a student who is terrible in morphosyntactic analysis and who, as a result, will lower the common average, but who, nevertheless, has an A in physics or chemistry. By weighting this subject by 0.2 in the degree course he/she wishes to study, he/she may end up getting in even though he/she has a low mark in Spanish.
What should you take into account then?
Undoubtedly, the average mark of the students' A-levels in relation to the marks they have obtained in those specific subjects that your child especially wants to study. This can give us a clue as to how they are taught, assessed and answered in the standard examination that all students take in those particular subjects.
However, a good result is not the only thing to look for. Other factors such as general well-being due to a good atmosphere, motivating, good facilities, real-life applications of knowledge, extracurricular activities... are just some of the qualities you should take into account when assessing which school will be the best for your son or daughter.
Aspects that define the educational quality of a centre
The gestioneducativa portal talks about 11 aspects:
- How it promotes professional leadership
- Values and objectives
- Learning environment
- Educational offert
- Levels of demand
- Individualised monitoring
- Learner autonomy
- Usefulness of teaching
- Continuous assesment
- Involvement of families
However, there are times when we are overwhelmed and unable to evaluate all these variables. For this reason, at buscarcole.com we want to give you a hand in your search for a school. An institution that adapts to your needs and that responds to all the interests of your son or daughter. Answer our questionnaires and find out which is the school you need.