Candidates Profile in FUVEST Exams from 2004 to 2013: Private and Public School Distribution, FUVEST Average Performance and Chemical Equilibrium Tasks Performance

R.S.A.P. Oliveira, E. Montagna, B.B. Torres


INTRODUCTION. Chemical equilibrium is recognized as a topic of several

misconceptions. Its origins must be tracked from previous scholarship. Its impact on

biochemistry learning is not fully described. A possible bulk of data is the FUVEST exam.

OBJECTIVES: Identify students’ errors profile on chemical equilibrium tasks using public

data from FUVEST exam. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data analysis from FUVEST

were: i) Private and Public school distribution in Elementary and Middle School, and High

School candidates of Pharmacy-Biochemistry course and total USP careers until the last

call for enrollment (2004-2013); ii) Average performance in 1st and 2nd parts of FUVEST

exam of Pharmacy-Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Languages

and Medicine courses and total enrolled candidates until 1st call for enrollment (2008-

2013); iii) Performance of candidates of Pharmacy-Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering,

Biological Sciences, Languages and Medicine courses and total USP careers in chemical

equilibrium issues from 1st part of FUVEST (2011-2013). RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: i)

66.2% of candidates came from private Elementary-Middle School courses and 71.8%,

came from High School courses; ii) Average grade over the period for 1st and 2nd FUVEST

parts are respectively (in 100 points): Pharmacy-Biochemistry 66.7 and 61.2, Chemistry

65.9 and 58.9, Engineering 75.9 and 71.9, Biological Sciences 65.6 and 54.6, Languages

49.9 and 43.3, Medicine 83.5 and 79.5, total enrolled candidates 51,5 and 48.9; iii) Four

chemical equilibrium issues were found during 2011-2013 and the analysis of multiplechoice

percentage distribution over the courses showed that there was a similar

performance of students among them, except for Engineering and Medicine with higher

grades, but the same proportional distribution among choices. CONCLUSION: Approved

students came majorly from private schools. There was a different average performance

among courses and similar on chemical equilibrium, although better performances were in

Engineering and Medicine courses and not on chemistry related.


students school profile, chemical equilibrium, misconceptions.

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