About the Project
To access college education, students in Chile must obtain good grades in a national admission exam called PSU. Students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and/or remote geographical areas have a difficult time accessing PSU training lessons and materials, which puts them at a disadvantage compared to their more affluent peers. PSU Educarchile, a free, flexible and interactive platform to prepare for the PSU online, aims to lessen the gap between these two realities, leveling the playing field and equalizing the conditions under which students face the exam. Over 1,350,000 students use the materials on PSU Educarchile every year, 89 percent of them from low-income schools.
The website allows students to establish a study plan, track their improvement and find support materials for their weaker knowledge areas. An innovative feature of this platform is its design for self-instruction, integration of social networks and mobile and offline use. It empowers students in their preparation for the exam, helping them get ready for college study habits. It also offers career advice, from how to find one’s vocation, to admission requirements and career options and testimonials from professionals in different knowledge areas.
PSU Educarchile is a public-private partnership, supported by national and regional governments, as well as the country’s main telephone and media companies.