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Brazil: Pandemic lowers college exam attendance

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Just over 3 million students registered to take the annual exam, a 44% drop from last year's number and the lowest number since 2006. Scores on the strenuous five and a half hour exam, which is taken over two weekends, is used as the main admissions criteria for most Brazilian universities.

Experts said they expected many of this year's registrants to be absent on Sunday. About half of the 5.7 million who registered for last year's exam failed to turn up when it was finally held amid the pandemic.

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