National exams began all over Georgia on Thursday.

TBILISI, DFWatch–National exams started Thursday morning all over Georgia, on three different levels of education.

About 36,000 school graduates will take exams from June 26 until July 16, while 4,500 students will try to pass an ability test which will improve their financing from the state for Bachelor’s degree. 12,000 students will try to pass the national exams to go on to study at Master’s level.

Today there is a test in Georgian grammar and literature. There are 19 exam centers in Georgia, seven of them in Tbilisi, three in the second largest city Kutaisi, and the rest of the centers are in population centers around the country: Poti, Batumi, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Akhaltsikhe, Gori, Tbilisi and Khulo.

According to Maia Miminoshvili, Head of the Exam Center, Georgian literature and grammar test will last two days. There will be no exams during the weekend, but from Monday there will be an ability test with a logic part and a math part, followed by foreign language tests in English, Russian, German and French, which students may choose between. There will be tests in geography, history, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics and fine arts, which is a new optional subject to pass for school graduates from 2014.

Competition for the vacant places at popular universities this year remains high. School graduates have the opportunity to make a list of seven universities and arrange them in order of priority to express where they most want to study. Tbilisi State University is desirable for about 24,600 students, while there are 2,510 vacant places there, 21,500 want to study at Ilia State University, which has 1,400 vacant places, while 26,700 want to study at the Technical University.

About 4,000 youth will not be able to become student because there are not enough vacant places.

Economic and Social and Political studies are the most desirable faculties at the universities.