Islamabad: According to news reports, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has established centers at wedding halls across the country to hold the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT).
According to a PMC official, the idea to build 21 exclusive examination centers is in the works, but it will take time.
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After assessing the bids and credentials of 14 firms, the PMC partnered with SOAR Education (Private) Limited to create a computer-based testing system.
“The computer-based examination system project being set up by PMC in collaboration with SOAR is a state-of-the-art first-time facility in Pakistan and PMC has already offered to the Ministry of Education and HEC the facility for use for other public exams. PMC shall also receive a share from any revenue generated from other use of these examination centers,” it says.
However, a student who did not want to be identified said that because halls were not accessible in some places, some candidates were encouraged to take the test in other provinces.
According to a medical college faculty member, the PMC promised that the testing company would supply independent centers.
Exams used to be held on a single day, with the results being announced the same day.
In January, PMC began to imagine a computer-based exams method, allowing us fewer than six months to implement these modalities. We needed to identify locations to fulfill this year’s requirements because we had to perform the MDCAT within a certain timeframe. It was also vital to follow the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) and Pakistani government’s strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).