Those who undertake voluntary military service can gain extra points in the higher education admission process, Minister of Defense, Tibor Benkő, told InfoRádio on Friday.
Those who receive general basic training can earn 16 extra points. Six months of service and a military specialization can earn 32 points, and a year of service 64 points, Minister Benkő revealed.
Hungary doesn’t have dedicated admissions exams; instead, students are assigned points for their last two high school years and high school graduation grades, supplemented with extra points for several things such as language certificates, results in student competitions, etc.
For example, 50 extra points per subject are awarded for an advanced level exam. An intermediate level (B2) language certificate is worth 28 points, and an advanced level (C1) certificate is worth 40 extra points. Language certificates can provide a maximum of 40 points, so two advanced level certificates are worth just as many extra points as one. Up to 40 points can be received for those who qualify for equal opportunity benefits. Olympians can get 50 extra points.
The current system allows a maximum of 100 extra points. Students can therefore accumulate a maximum of 500 points (400+100).
The government has already approved the decision and the relevant decree will soon be published in Hungary’s official gazette, Magyar Közlöny.
The minister said that many people had taken advantage of the opportunity. This year, 400 young people were offered the chance to undertake such service, and 470 had applied.
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