The biology teacher Paula Dorti will do the National High School Examination (Enem) for the 16th time starting this Sunday (5), in Natal. She dreams of attending medical school.
Paula will even be able to share the testing room with some of her more than 100 students who are finishing high school, and who were still babies when she took the exam for the first time, in 2007. In the same year, she passed the biology entrance exam at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).
Since then, the only edition in which the teacher did not participate was in 2012, because she was on an exchange program.
At 34 years old, the candidate reveals that she has thought about giving up the search for approval, but always receives signs to persevere. In 2021 and 2022 she replaced the vacancies.
“I haven’t given up. I don’t want to do medicine for status or financial reasons. It’s a dream that God put in my heart, for me to help other people. That’s why I’m not giving up. The time hasn’t come yet. I’m a good teacher, I have a master’s degree, I teach at a good school. If it were for status, I could follow this line”, he says.
Paula says that she dedicated herself more heavily to her studies during the first five years. In recent editions, because of work, her master’s degree, and other obligations, she started studying more in the second semester, closer to the exams.
In 2023, she says she only carried out some revisions and is trying to prepare herself emotionally. “This year I was quite disappointed. Emotional factors matter a lot in the test”, she reveals.
Over the years, the teacher has witnessed several changes in Enem. In the first editions in which she participated, the grades were only used to grant scholarships from the University for All Program (Prouni).
In 2009, the test began to replace the entrance exam in some public universities in the country. At the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), where the professor dreams of studying medicine, Enem began to be used as a selection process in 2011.
“I believe that the test continues to follow the same patterns, with a lot of text, a lot of reading, but I have observed the test being a little more content-based in recent years”, he considers.
In total, 100,712 people are registered for the National High School Exam (Enem) 2023 in Rio Grande do Norte. The number represents 2.6% of the more than 3.9 million candidates across Brazil.
Paula is part of the more than 13,400 candidates aged between 31 and 59 who will participate in Enem in Rio Grande do Norte.
The tests will be administered on the 5th and 12th of November. In RN, there will be 255 test locations and 3,384 application rooms in 40 municipalities.
In the Exam, participants take tests in four areas of knowledge: languages, codes and their technologies; human sciences and their technologies; natural sciences and their technologies; and mathematics and its technologies, which total 180 objective questions.
Participants are also assessed through an essay, which requires the development of a dissertation-argumentative text based on a problem situation.