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Can English-speaking students enter public universities? Yes!

After their A-level exams, English students in Bangladesh are often hesitant to consider public universities. But why is this? We can point to the lack of resources for the preparation of admission tests, the ever-increasing potential of private universities, study abroad projects or the fact that they have to complete two years of the HSC program in 3 at 6 months. So if an average English student still wants to get into a public university, what should they consider?

The English medium curriculum focuses on improving cognitive skills to give students an in-depth understanding of different subjects. A holistic approach to education gives international GCSE (O-Level) and IAL (A-Level) candidates the tools to implement their learning.

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On the other hand, admission tests to public universities are unpleasant experiences for English-speaking students. Coaching centers dedicated to admission tests focus on the medium program in Bengali. Eligibility criteria to qualify for admissions tests are often not aligned with what English graduate students are able to prove.

Nevertheless, English students are always up to the occasion. Let’s hear from some of these students who have been among the best universities in the country.

Samin Charaf Somik
Currently a lecturer at United International University
Holder of BSc in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET)
Maple Leaf International School O and A Levels

As a student from an English-speaking background, my path to admission seemed impossible. As I prepared for the admission tests for BUET and University of Dhaka (DU), I gradually gained confidence. I worked hard and the reward for such hard work was a great public college experience. I spent the best days of my life at BUET, and in the end, it was worth it.

The international GCSE and IAL program has been a great blessing to me. I probably wouldn’t have arrived at BUET otherwise. The Pearson Edexcel program is very well designed to test knowledge and understanding of basic subject concepts. It helped me approach the admissions tests in a technical way, which ultimately helped me achieve my goal.

Mohammad Wasif Amin Khan
Currently Global Graduate in Finance at British American Tobacco (BAT)
Bachelor of Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), DU
Academia School O and A level

When I was in school, the emphasis was always on academics, and the teachers emphasized continuous practice as a method of learning. It helped me to acquire fundamental skills which later helped me in my academic pursuits.

The Edexcel program was very helpful in the preparation phase for the admission test. Even though I was registered for engineering admission test coaching, I still managed to pass the IBA-DU admission exam. I think the GCSE and IAL international exams played a huge role in this as they really taught me how to handle the pressure of crucial tests. Also, the nature of the content we had to practice for these exams helped me develop my basic skills, and an exam including math, English, and logical thinking came naturally to me.

Oranti Ahmed Omi
Currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Georgia, USA
Holder of a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Military Institute of Science and Technology
Bachelor’s degree from Maple Leaf International School
Mastermind School O Level

After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I started studying for the public university admission tests. At the beginning, it was very stressful because the program is quite different from the British program. However, as Pearson Edexcel International’s GCSE and IAL curriculum is more based on understanding concepts, it helped me understand the basics better.

Thus, it was easy for me to study the curriculum of the national curriculum. I also learned that there is usually a strategy for admission tests, the formats are almost the same every year. If you manage to solve last year’s admission tests, you don’t need to go through a huge stack of books.

Md Farid Uddin Bhuiyan
Studying for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Dhaka Medical College
Bachelor’s degree from Maple Leaf International School
Baccalaureate from the Marie Curie school

My experience while preparing for the admission tests was rather difficult, as I had to prepare for a totally different program. But with constant hard work and perseverance, I was blessed to study in one of the best medical colleges in Bangladesh. Now I have completed my first professional exam and I am learning everything I need to become a good doctor.

The Pearson International GCSE and IAL program helped me tremendously. This program created a deep understanding of physics, chemistry and biology and helped me to really understand the essence of these subjects. So considering all the situations I have been through, my advice to aspiring candidates is to not give up, keep working hard and seek proper guidance.

Aieman Anis Islam
Electrical and Electronic Engineering student at University of Dhaka
Bachelor’s Degree from Mangrove School
Mastermind School O Level

It would be an understatement to say that the months leading up to the admission tests were difficult. There is immense mental pressure from parents who think it is almost impossible for an English language student to study at a public university. However, it is possible.

The international GCSE curriculum, especially the physics curriculum, ended up helping me a lot as I was able to quickly tackle the early chapters of physics for the entrance exams. It gave me more time to familiarize myself with the math and chemistry sections which I think many English-speaking candidates might struggle with. While it’s possible, keep in mind that it’s difficult, especially if you only have three months to prepare.

My college experience has had ups and downs. As far as academics are concerned, the international GCSE programme, mainly advanced mathematics, has helped as subjects such as differential equations and integration are important in understanding many of the more difficult courses.

Pearson is the UK’s largest awards organization offering academic qualifications that are recognized around the world. Pearson School degrees, known as Edexcel, educate more than 3.4 million learners worldwide in 80 countries, including more than 120 English-speaking schools in Bangladesh. South Breeze School, Sunbeams School, Maple Leaf International School, Mastermind School, Sir John Wilson School, Academia School, BIT and International Hope School are just a few renowned schools that prepare their students for the Pearson Edexcel qualifications, enabling students to progress successfully . in college and in their careers.