Of the almost 4 million registered, 2.7 million took the test over the two days. In total, candidates answered 180 questions and had to produce an essay about the invisibility of Brazilian women’s care work.
The methodology used in Enem, the TRI (Item Response Theory), means that grades are not affected even with the cancellation of questions. “The statistical calculation considers the combination of the coherence of the response pattern with the assumption of cumulativeness and, also, the characteristics (complexity parameters) of each item”, states Inep.
As the final grade is calculated by the TRI, the number of correct answers is not the only point to be taken into consideration. Candidate results will be released on January 16, 2024.
Teachers consulted by UOL also identified two issues that were not unprecedented on the second day of the Enem exams. For Inep, the questions have similarities, but they are not the same and that is why they were not canceled.
In 2011, a group of students from a school in Fortaleza had 14 questions canceled because they had been used in pre-tests administered to these students. Due to the IRT, even with only 166 validated questions, students were not harmed.
How was the test
On the first day, Enem 2023 addressed current issues linked to social issues. Questions related to machismo and racism appeared throughout the test — Brazilian writers were also mentioned.