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SNT in Kazakhstan: preparation and order of conduction Printable version

Last update: 08.09.2021

 test and pencilAnnually in Kazakhstan, graduates of secondary schools take the Unified National Testing (UNT). Since 2017, the graduates will take:

1. Examinations in schools (for obtaining a certificate of secondary education and obtaining "Altyn belgi").

2. UNT, which will perform the functions of the exam for admission to universities and the system for the allocation of state grants.

Final certification in schools is conducted in the following subjects:

  1. Mother tongue and literature (written in the form of an essay).
  2. Kazakh language in schools with Russian, Uzbek, Uighur and Tajik languages of instruction. Russian language in schools with Kazakh language of instruction (testing).
  3. History of Kazakhstan (oral exam).
  4. Algebra and the beginning of the analysis (in writing).
  5. Subjects of choice (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geometry, World History, Literature, Computer Science, Foreign Language (English, French, German) in the form of testing.

The order of carrying out final certification


Exam form

Mother tongue and literature (language of instruction)

Written exam – essay

Kazakh language in schools with Russian, Uzbek, Uyghur and Tajik languages, Russian in schools with Kazakh language of instruction


History of Kazakhstan (in the language of instruction)

Oral exam

Algebra and the beginning of the analysis

Written exam

Subject of choice (Physics, Computer Science, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, World History, Literature, Foreign Language (English, German, French))

Testing taking into account their training profile (social and humanitarian direction and natural science and mathematical direction)

The procedure for conducting UNT

All students of secondary schools are allowed to take the UNT . 

The format of UNT will consist of 2 blocks, which includes 3 compulsory subjects by 20 tasks:

  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Reading Literacy (checking the ability to generalize, collate, compare, etc.)
  • History of Kazakhstan

and 2 profile subjects by 30 tasks (Mathematics + Physics, Mathematics + Geography, History + Geography, Biology + Chemistry, Biology + Geography, Foreign Language + History, Kazakh language/Russian language + Kazakh literature/Russian literature, Geography + A Foreign Language, Chemistry + Physics, History + Human. Society. Right., creative exam).

Evaluation for the correct execution of tasks: with a choice of one correct answer from five offered - 1 point, with a choice of one or several correct answers from set of offered - 2 points

The task of reading literacy is aimed at testing the following skills: skills to generalize, collate, compare, etc. Tasks for reading literacy testing are introduced in the UNT, because while studying at a university, an applicant needs to work with different sources, analyze these sources, compare information from these sources and draw conclusions. These skills will be useful to the graduate in the subsequent training in the university.

Profile subjects will consist of 20 questions with a choice of one correct answer from five offered and 10 tasks with a choice of several correct answers from the offered set.

Several variants of answers in the testing of core subjects make it possible to check how well applicants know a particular topic. Also, testing with multiple answers prevents "learning" and guessing the answers.

A total of 120 questions. The time of testing will be 3 hours and 50 minutes. Passing points higher educational organizations - 50. The maximum points are 140 due to several correct answers in tasks on profile subjects). The maximum number of points for individuals applying for specialties that require creative preparation is 120 points.

Acceptance of applications for participation in testing is accepted from March 10 to May 10.

Terms of the UNT - from June 20 to July 1.

For those who do not score a threshold, UNT is re-conducted at the end of the first academic period of study at the HEI in the period from January 20 to 24 of the calendar year.

The holders of "Altyn belgi", winners and prize-winners of republican and international olympiads in general subjects and scientific projects, take UNT on general grounds, and if their results are the same as those who do not have the above-mentioned awards, they will prevail in receiving grants. Winners and prize-winners of 5 international olympiads in general subjects will receive special grants.

Filling the application form is made directly by the graduate himself at the school where he is studying. Filling in full name of graduate in the certificate of the results of UNT is produced by identity card, passport or birth certificate. To graduates who have not reached the age of 16 and do not have an identity document, the principal issues a certificate with a photo of the graduate certified by the school's stamp.

Discipline at the time of UNT

The outcome of testing largely depends on the discipline that must be observed. Otherwise, it threatens the graduate with the removal or annulment of the results. Let us note the especially important points about which you need to know and respect the graduate during the testing.

The graduate is not allowed:

  • to talk;
  • to change place;
  • to exchange exam materials;
  • to write off;
  • to bring into the classroom and use cheat sheets, textbooks and other methodological literature, a calculator, a camera, mobile means of communication.

In the case of an identified violation by a graduate, the examiner prepares an Act for the detection of prohibited items and removal of the graduate from audience. Further, the inspector informs the chairman of the state commission about the fact of violation of the rules by the graduate.

If the graduate refuses to pass exam materials after the time allotted for testing, his work will not be processed, and an Act of revealing the fact of late passing of exam materials by a graduate is drawn up .

The UNT Appeals Commission

Repeatedly during the testing, the facts of inconsistency of test tasks or technical failures are revealed when reading the test results. Since each graduate is important, every point in order to ensure compliance with common requirements and resolving disputes in the evaluation of test tasks, and protection of the rights of UNT participants for the period of testing the appeals commissions are created.

The chairman and the composition of the appeal commission are approved by the order of the authorized body in the field of education. The Appeals Commission considers the validity of the proposals for adding points to the graduate and makes the final decision.

In order to fulfill its functions, the Appeals Commission requests and receives copies of the sheets of the graduates' answers, information on compliance with the UNT rules.

The decision of the Appeals Commission is adopted by a majority of votes of the total number of commission members. If the votes are equal, the chairman's vote is decisive. Decisions of the Appeals Commission are made out by protocols signed by the chairman and all members of the commission.

The Appeals Commission accepts and reviews applications from test participants on the content of test tasks and for technical reasons, makes a proposal to add points to the graduate and informs him about the outcome of the appeal.

The appeal application is submitted to the chairman of the Appeals Commission personally by the testing participant. Applications for the content of test tasks and for technical reasons are accepted until 13.00 pm on the day following the day of announcement of test results and are considered by the Appeals Commission within 1 day. The applicant must have a document proving his identity with him and a pass card to UNT.

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