The National Examination Office said this year’s university entrance examinations will be held in four phases across 33 provinces, starting from Sunday.
Locally known as Kankor, 210,000 candidates are expected to appear for the exam this year.
The first phase of the exams will be conducted in Uruzgan, Badghis, Paktika, Panjshir, Daykundi, Zabul, Sar-e-Pul, Samangan, Ghor, Farah, Kunduz, Kandahar, Kunar, Logar, Nuristan, Nimroz and Wardak provinces.
Abdul Qadir Khamosh, head of the office, told a news conference on Wednesday that the second phase of the entrance exam will begin on the fourth day of Eid al-Adha and will cover the eight provinces of Helmand, Ghazni, Paktia, Khost, Kapisa, Bamyan, Laghman and Herat.
The third phase of the entrance exam will be held a week after Eid al-Adha in Faryab, Jawzjan, Balkh, Parwan and Baghlan provinces.
Nangarhar, Takhar and Badakhshan provinces, including its four constituencies, will be part of the fourth phase.
Khamosh said the entire process will be completed by the end of August, after which the Kankor will move to Kabul province from the first of September in the sixth or seventh phase.
The exams will be held in accordance with all the health recommendations to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Khamosh said that efforts are being made to hold more entrance exams outdoors and that masks have been made mandatory for all who are appearing for Kankor.
Khamosh said that the biometric registration and entrance exam days in the provinces will be twice as long as last year due to the precautions.
He said that the course codes have already been prepared and the test-takers can access them on the official Facebook page of the office.