The New University Entrance Examination System (YKS): A Survey of Students

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7th International NALANS Conferencce, Trabzon, Turkey, 14 - 15 May 2018, pp.279-284

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Trabzon
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.279-284
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Turkish university entrance system officially starting in 1960s has undergone several revisions which all have weathered several storms since then. Thus, these revisions need to be investigated regarding the perspectives of all related parties in education. Yet, what remains scarce in the related literature is research on the attitudes of students towards these revisions, which could enhance our understanding of the system, which is far from complete, and let the education authorities remedy its possible weaknesses. Therefore, the current descriptive survey was motivated by the need to investigate the perceptions of 78 voluntary students from Trabzon, Kütahya, Kocaeli, Kayseri, and Sivas about the recent change in the university entry system in 2017. To this end, a self-devised questionnaire with 30 Likert-scale items and 3 open-ended questions was given to the participants. To dig deep into their perceptions, a semi-structure interviewed with 8 prompts was carried out. The findings show that most of the candidates were anxious about their future and were not satisfied with the new system revision and its justification.