What you need to know about the Ethiopian Higher Education Exit Exam (HEEE)
What an Exit Exam is:
Sometimes known as an end of course test, an exit exam refers to a specific form of assessment used by higher education institutions in order to examine the basic level of education obtained by prospective graduates and fulfill the requirements necessary to graduate
It is supposed to measure the learning outputs of a program as a whole not the
It is a comprehensive exam that a student is required to pass in order to complete a program of study.
It serves as a graduation requirement.
International and local experiences
Exit exams in the US are run by individual institutions on voluntary basis
In United Arab Emirates (UAE)engineering students are required to take exit exam in accordance with standards established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
In Germany they have what they call the Staatsexamen which is a government licensing examination that future doctors, teachers, pharmacists, food chemists, psychotherapists and jurists have to pass to be allowed to work in their profession.
India has a similar test administered in the field of medical education.
Ethiopia started offering exit exam to graduates in the field of Law in 2010
Objectives of HEEE:
To Ensure that all first-degree graduates meet the graduate profile the curriculum
To produce skilled and competent manpower to local, national and international market
To create conducive environment for stakeholders 'proper engagement in graduates’ competency assessment
To assess students' educational achievement in students’ major area of program study
Benefits of HEEE:
Improves student achievement, learning outcome and quality of education
Improves students 'subsequent labor market performance by serving as a quality monitoring tool in the form of certification of competence for employ mentor as a common gateway to attain a license to the world of work
Provide useful information to universities on the overall quality of their system with the ensuing incentive of prioritizing high-quality instruction.
Useful in instituting a system of accountability and transparency where students, instructors, HEIs, and academic leaders can be measured for their success or failure based on student outcome
Useful as source of information for policy decisions at national level
Who sits for the HEEE?
Students enrolled in undergraduate programs at public and private higher education institutions starting from those who complete their studies by 2015EC.
Who will Administer the HEEE?
The Ethiopian Ministry of Education will take the key role in the administration of the national higher education exit exam
When will the HEEE be administered?
The exam will be given annually. The first exam is planned to be administered at the end of June 2023 or Sene2015EC
What is expected from students?
Obeying the rules and regulations set nationally for the implementation of HEEE
Developing the appropriate academic and psychological preparation
Cultivating a culture of inquiry and constant reading
Strictly following SMU programs planned toward preparing students for HEEE
Searching for relevant information related to HEEE from SMU platforms and other sources
Giving special attention to courses planned to be tested
Following up and responding positively to the institutional directions provided regularly by SMU
Undertaking other responsibilities given by the University, respective departments and instructors