American College in Sofia Boasts Highest Matriculation Scores

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American College in Sofia Boasts Highest Matriculation Scores: American College in Sofia Boasts Highest Matriculation Scores The majority of Bulgarian high school seniors, who took the Geography exam, failed because they believe the subject is easy and includes just general knowledge. Photo by BGNES

Seniors from the American College in Bulgaria's capital Sofia have the highest average results in the country from the State high-school exit exam, according to data from the Education Ministry, presented Friday.

The ranking of the top 10 schools is done for the third year in a row with 8 schools being included for the third time.

The American College is followed by the Spanish Language High School, the 91st German Language High School, the National High School for Ancient Languages and Culture, and the 73rd School, all in Sofia.

On average, students from specialized high schools have the highest score, followed by those in Art schools.

The State administered high-school exit exams in Bulgaria include a mandatory exam in Bulgarian Language and Literature (BEL) and a second mandatory exam where the students have the right to choose the subject.

The results of the BEL exam, with 25% failing grades, are lower than 2009, while those, who decided to sit for Geography for the second exam, have received the staggering 75% of failing grades.

The Education Ministry experts explain the BEL lower results with the fact more and more young people, who failed the test, in years before, are retaking it in 2010. The failing grades in Geography are attributed to students' common belief this is an easy subject thus appearing unprepared.

The 2010 BEL Matriculation was surrounded by a scandal involving leaking and sale of its content the night before the exam.

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