The Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) has started the assessment process for about 280 scholarship applicants from governmental and private schools, as well as Bahrainis studying overseas.
The Program, in cooperation with Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), held qualifying tests at BIBF headquarters to assess candidates’ English language and critical reasoning skills.
Speaking on the process, CPISP Director Dr. Cynthia Gessling said the assessment included an online computer-based test of English Proficiency, in addition to three critical reasoning tests to assess verbal, numerical, and diagrammatical reasoning. For applicants currently studying outside of Bahrain, the Program arranged for applicants to take the tests under supervised conditions at an appropriate location.
Dr. Gessling said the next step will be for the Program to select a minimum of 60 candidates based on the results of the qualifying tests and their Grade Point Average. The candidates, who will be announced by the end of May of this year, will then undergo various training and preparation courses for standardized testing throughout the summer and the next academic year until the final ten recipients are selected next March.
Dr. Gessling confirmed that the program received a total of 290 applications during the submission period of 3 – 21 March 2019. The Program’s application criteria, includes Bahraini citizenship, a GPA of 97% or higher, and enrollment in the 11th grade (or equivalent) with graduation in 2020.