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Information on Entrance Exams for Sarajevo Medical School at the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology

Date: February 9th, 2017

Introduction

From the 2014/2015 academic year, the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology introduced a new twelve-semester (six-year) Medical Doctor Study Programme in English. Graduates will receive a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). The first generation that started last fall will soon finish its first year of study.

As the first private medical school of its kind in the region, SSST will utilise the existing facilities within the University’s main campus building. Its medical laboratories for the pre-clinical portion of the programme are located in the subterranean level of the main campus building and cover about 1800 square meters of space. The laboratories have cutting-edge medical equipment and software which can be found at modern medical faculties in Europe and America.
Students will have to complete their non-clinical training in order to continue on their studies and complete the clinical portion of their training at the Clinical Centre of Sarajevo (KCUS), the main clinical centre with which SSST has signed an agreement and entered into partnership. SSST has also signed agreements with other clinics, hospitals, health centres and emergency services in the country.
At the SSST Medical School, students will be trained not only in the science of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease, but also in the art of effective communication with patients. From the earliest days of their medical school career, students at our school will begin face-to-face work with patients in medical settings. Our aim is to prepare physicians to excel in the ever-changing world of modern medicine.

The faculty consists mainly of Bosnians and Herzegovinians who have been educated abroad and most of them have gained significant experience at renowned clinics abroad and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some professors are from the University of Buckingham and from the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States. The study programme is taught entirely in English.

 

Entrance Exams

The SSST Entrance Exam for medical students consists of four parts: English language (120 min), Biology (90 min), Chemistry (90 min), Physics (90 min) and Candidate Interview (30 min).
All exams are conducted at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Hrasnička cesta 3a, Sarajevo. Examination results and final decisions regarding accepted candidates will be sent by post within 5 days following any given examination date.

Applications for entrance exams may be obtained from the SSST Student Service or downloaded from the website. The application form is specifically intended for the medicine study programme (Annex 1).

 

Entrance Exams Terms

Entrance examinations for the academic year 2017/2018 are held on the following dates in 2017: 

  • April – 1, 15 and 22

  • May – 6 and 20

  • June – 3 and 17

  • July – 1 and 15

  • August – 15 

  • September – 2 and 16

Entrance exams start at 9:00 a.m. and are conducted in English (see examples of Entrance Exams in Annex 3).

In each of the above terms, a candidate may take any two of the four obligatory exams. If the candidate does not achieve the minimum 55% required for passing in any of the exams, the candidate may retake such an exam during any other exam term.

 

Rules for ranking candidates

Candidates shall be ranked according to the following rules for awarding points.

  1. Achievement (marks) in English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and average marks for all four years of secondary school are awarded points.
  2. Achievement at three entrance exams (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) are awarded points.
  3. The entrance exam in English is assessed separately.

The total number of points is distributed so that secondary school achievement accounts for 30%, and entrance exam achievement accounts for 70% of the total points.

Candidates who pass the exams in all the subjects are ranked as follows:

 

ALGORITHM FOR RANKING CANDIDATES

A – Average marks during four years of secondary education

Example:

I grade  excellent  5

II grade very good  4

III grade  very good  4

IV grade  very good  4

______________________________

 A = 17/4= 4.25

 B – Average mark in Biology throughout the four years of secondary school, e.g. 5

 C – Average mark in Chemistry ..........  e.g. 4.5

 D – Average mark in Physics...... e.g.   4


X – is the index for weighting secondary school achievement according to the following formula:

X = (A + B + C + D) x 20 /4 =  (A + B + C + D) x 5

Achievement at entrance exams is calculated as follows:

Bi – points from Biology exam (maximum 100 points)

      H – points from Chemistry exam (maximum 100 points)

F – points from Physics exam (maximum 100 points)

Y – is the index for weighting entrance exams achievement according to the following formula:

Y = (Bi + H + F)/3


The final number of points for ranking (Z) is calculated as follows:

Z = 0.3 x X + 0.7 x Y 

 

Preparatory Classes for Entrance Exams at Sarajevo Medical School 

Sarajevo Medical School organises preparatory classes for entrance exams before the beginning of the next terms of entrance exams what is usually happening in March and April of the next academic year.

Preparatory classes include classes of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are taught in English. The entrance exams, as well as the preparatory classes, cover the standard curricula in these subjects at secondary school level.

Areas within these subjects that the candidate should master in order to pass the entrance exams are listed in Annex 2.

Annex 3 contains examples of past entrance exams in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, as well as in English.

 

Annex 1: Entrance Exam Application Form
Annex 2: Secondary school curricula for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics used for entrance exams
Annex 3: Examples of past entrance exams.