Since the 2024 College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) held on the 16th, there has been little news of ‘perfect scores in all subjects’. The government announced that it has excluded the so-called ‘killer questions’ from this year’s CSAT, but as perfect scorers have not been confirmed, controversy over ‘impossible CSAT’ is expected to continue.
According to the National Association of Career Counselors (Jeonjinhyeop) and others on the 21st, it has been determined that after the 2024 CSAT, there are no high school seniors who have perfect scores in all subjects yet.
Jeon Jeon-hyeop, an official, said, “Usually, students begin provisional scoring immediately after the CSAT, and if a person gets a perfect score in all subjects, a rumor spreads among teachers. Considering that there is no talk of a high school senior with a perfect score yet, it is unlikely that any current students (with a perfect score) will be seen in this CSAT. “It’s the same,” he said.
An official at Megastudy Education, who has provisional scoring information for approximately 120,000 test takers, including high school seniors, repeat and N takers, also said, “It seems that there is no perfect score among current students.”
There are some test takers who do not publicly announce the news of perfect scores, so when the actual grading results are announced, there may be people who receive perfect scores. However, as of now, there may be ‘0’ people with perfect scores this year.
The last year in which no one had a perfect score on the CSAT was during the 2011 CSAT. After that, at least one person got a perfect score every year.
There is an opinion that the reason why no one has received a perfect score so far is because this year’s Korean language and math tests were both ‘unsatisfactory’.
Oh Jong-un, director of evaluation at Jongno Academy, said, “There must have been some test takers who got lost because the Korean language section was more difficult than expected.” He added, “In mathematics, the difficulty of calculus increased further, and for probability and statistics, the test taker group itself was not a group of students who showed strengths in mathematics, so a perfect score was given. “It can be difficult to come out,” he explained.
Some say that even though the Ministry of Education announced a policy of excluding killer questions to correct private education, it would not have made an impact on test takers.
In addition, it is pointed out that test takers did not have enough time to adapt due to the sudden change in the test format to exclude killer questions after the mock evaluation last June.
In the test-taker community, complaints are being posted, such as “They say it’s a CSAT without killer questions, but if no one gets a perfect score, isn’t it ‘impossible’?” and “It only hurt the hearts of students.”