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@Number 6   He will be going into M1 next year so it is not even M3 or M6. I guess that would make him P6.

 

He might not get into Stanford but we will move back to Palo Alto in a year and a half so he can do his HS there in the USA. We have not focused on Thai because of things like the SAT. I'm sure he will find a school in Cali that will work for him.

 

I'm thinking this test is worthless, at least for him, but some people do seems to think it is the end of the world, like with out it no job in Thailand.

 

The school he is moving into is one of the best in Thailand and they don't seem to care at all.

 

The school he is at now seems to think the world will end if he does not take it so I just wanted to sort out why, however I might not ever know.

 

Thailand can be an amazing place at times.

 

 

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7 hours ago, TyGrr said:

@Number 6   He will be going into M1 next year so it is not even M3 or M6. I guess that would make him P6.

 

He might not get into Stanford but we will move back to Palo Alto in a year and a half so he can do his HS there in the USA. We have not focused on Thai because of things like the SAT. I'm sure he will find a school in Cali that will work for him.

 

I'm thinking this test is worthless, at least for him, but some people do seems to think it is the end of the world, like with out it no job in Thailand.

 

The school he is moving into is one of the best in Thailand and they don't seem to care at all.

 

The school he is at now seems to think the world will end if he does not take it so I just wanted to sort out why, however I might not ever know.

 

Thailand can be an amazing place at times.

 

The guiding advice should come from the school that has agreed to accept him.   If they don't need it and if you are sure you will be moving back to the US with no further school changes in Thailand, then I'd forego taking the exam.

 

The Thais are nuts for exams and everything centers around exams.  At the schools where I work, they positively work themselves into a frenzy about the exams.   In my experience, not much is geared toward having a comprehensive understanding of anything, just the ability to pass an exam in the subject.  

 

My experience is that a lot of schools are complete chaos.   Noisy, kids marching, band practicing, PE students yelling -- until they take the O-Net exams.   Then all is quiet.   Even construction at the school stops.  

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22 hours ago, TyGrr said:

How is missing a government test going to hurt my childs education when he is not in government school? The test is in Thai and he cant read Thai.

 

I'm not even sure why he is taking this test and I'm not sure if I will get the results. I am just asking question so I know what is going on.

 

So yeah, Im trying to sort out what is going on before we take the holiday.

 

 

Since it is an International school?  Best to make a visit to the school and ask them yourself instead of wasting time here!

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I did contact the school and they said the O net test is not needed.

 

I'm still trying to understand why the school he is at is making it seem like life or death however.

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Tygrr

 

You do not mention what grade your son is in.  My question though is how long have you lived here and how can your son got to school and not have to learn Thai.

 

matayom onet is very important for universities

 

I assume that you have no intention of iving in Thailand long

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, kingstonkid said:

Tygrr

 

You do not mention what grade your son is in.  My question though is how long have you lived here and how can your son got to school and not have to learn Thai.

 

matayom onet is very important for universities

 

I assume that you have no intention of iving in Thailand long

 

This is from an earlier post:

 

He will be going into M1 next year so it is not even M3 or M6. I guess that would make him P6.

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On 1/26/2019 at 6:39 PM, kingstonkid said:

Tygrr

 

You do not mention what grade your son is in.  My question though is how long have you lived here and how can your son got to school and not have to learn Thai.

 

matayom onet is very important for universities

 

I assume that you have no intention of iving in Thailand long

 

 

 

I have lived here 15 years and the school that he goes to teaches him Thai 3 hours a week. It used to be 2. We will go back to the US as we pay over a million a year per kid for school and we are soon to have 3 kids in school. Honestly i think the public school in the US is going to be about as good.

 

He is in p6. At least half of the kids at his school come from Europe or Asia (with out parents) and they do not need to learn Thai.

 

Edit: He can speak Thai well enough but not read well at all.

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On 1/25/2019 at 9:45 AM, TyGrr said:

I did contact the school and they said the O net test is not needed.

 

I'm still trying to understand why the school he is at is making it seem like life or death however.

Maybe they will need to explain to MoE why one (or more?) of their students didn't sit the exam. I really doubt they are worried about your child's future. More likely trying to save their own skin. My son will do the M3 O-net, but he is not changing schools, so it doesn't matter. He will also probably go into an International program in university here, so those exams (and GAT/PAT would not be considered). He would most likely need IELTS/SAT/faculty entrance exams, interviews, etc. Many of our M6 students have already been accepted into programs, well before O-net/GAT/PAT. They are only really relevant if one is going into Thai language programs.

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I very much agree with Scott's post and others. Follow the directive of the school he is entering. My suspicion is that it's a top tier international and the other good but not great with lots of (smart) Thai kids. They push the ONET as a matter of course. I'd even bet they'd try and get the farang kids to do the ONET as well.

 

To Scott's comments about testing, it's true outside the developed world I think. Schools are sketchy, teachers, grades even more so. In the end you need an exam to size up student ability.

 

What is truly insane are all the post grad pre-entrance university exams.

 

I would not recommend any international university program here in Thailand. I thought it was Stanford? Thammasat has best BBA program, Mahidol medicine and KMIT technology but the kids just HAVE to go to Chulalongkorn. Okay, it's central, nice campus and pretty girls but it's definitely list ground. Look at Hong Kong HKU, CUHK and CityU you'll be shocked at rankings. Great value and many partnerships with T20 US universities.

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