Thursday is the day of national college entrance exam, or CSAT, for students aspiring to enter college next year and they will have to take the exam in the middle of a pandemic.
But what if, a student gets confirmed with COVID-19 just before the day they have spent years studying for?
According to the Education Ministry and the health authorities, the student will still be able to take the test.

“So far, the Education Ministry has been preparing by classifying the exam takers as regular, quarantined, and confirmed COVID-19 patients to place them accordingly and have put in strict prevention measures to provide a safe test taking environment.

First, every test taker will need to have their body temperature checked at the door.
If the temperature shows 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher after additional checks, he or she will have to take the exam at a separate designated room for those with symptoms.
If an exam taker has symptoms the day before the exam and wants to voluntarily take the COVID-19 test, the COVID-19 testing site will be open until 10 P.M. for them.
The result will be back by midnight.
If the result comes out positive then they will be transported to a hospital or care center, and take the exam there.
Lastly, if someone has been put in quarantine before the exam day, he or she can report to a separate location set up for them.
This person is not allowed to use public transportation.
Currently, the Education Ministry says there are around 200 available beds for students with COVID-19 to take the test.
As of Wednesday, there are 37 confirmed patients who are up for the exam this year.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.

Reporter : tkim@arirang.com

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