High-stakes Entrance Examinations: A View from Brazil

  • Simon Schwartzman
  • Marcelo Knobel
Keywords: Higher education in Brazil, entrance exams, college admissions, Brazil


In Brazil, the growing dominance of the national exam for secondary education as a massive, unified entrance exam for higher education has several detrimental consequences. Besides effectively shaping the high school curriculum, with clear disadvantages for those who will not attend college, it restricts the diversity and regional characteristics of the higher education sector. Similar criticisms apply to other countries that use national entrance exams. Some suggestions for possible changes are given.

Author Biographies

Simon Schwartzman

Simon Schwartzman is a senior researcher at the Instituto de Estu- dos do Trabalho e Sociedade (IETS), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Marcelo Knobel

Marcelo Knobel is director of the Brazilian National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LNNano) and professor at the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, Brazil 

How to Cite
Schwartzman, S., & Knobel, M. (2016). High-stakes Entrance Examinations: A View from Brazil. International Higher Education, (85), 19-20. https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2016.85.9242
Focus on Brazil