All applicants will be asked a total of four questions: 1) a question testing their knowledge of pedagogical and psychological aspects of education, covering topics taught in bachelor’s programmes of study specialised in teaching, 2) a question testing their motivation to study and their interest in the field of study, 3) a question testing their command of Russian at a minimum of CEFR level C1 – applicants will be asked linguistic questions regarding contemporary Russian language (the knowledge of which the applicants will demonstrate as well during an interview conducted in Russian), 4) a question testing their knowledge of Russian history, culture and literature. All questions will be based on a reading list (with a minimum of 30 items) which the applicant must present at the oral entrance examination and which must include not only the works from our recommended reading list, but also other publications (fiction and non-fiction) of the applicant’s choice related to the given sets of topics.
The first part of the examination will be a structured interview testing the applicant’s knowledge in psychology and pedagogical practices relevant for teaching. Applicants who present a certified copy of a diploma or a document (issued by the registrar office of their university) which will prove their completion of a bachelor’s degree programme in education will not have to sit this part of the examination and will automatically receive a perfect score.
The recommended reading list for the entrance examination can be accessed here.