A serious problem of preparation of foreign citizens for admission to Russian medical universities is the formation of subject competences in biology in Russian language. To obtain the objective information and to evaluate the level of competences formation of foreign students one should use an effective system of evaluation. A unique monitoring system has been developed at the preparatory faculty for training foreign citizens of Rostov state medical University and is successfully used here. It includes a variety of training activities, which perform the diagnostic function. Monitoring includes 3 levels. The Ist level is represented by current tests on the studied subjects of the biology course. The second monitoring level is referred to the extraclass activities and is voluntary for students. It is carried out through participation in interdepartmental conferences and the biological contests. Level III is the final exam which is held in a written form and includes different types of tasks. Monitoring of students’ progress is carried out with the help of the rating system of knowledge assessment. The final rating is the sum of annual and test results with the maximum 180 points. Participating in conferences and contests on biology, the student can obtain additional (creative) points (up to 30 points). The final grade is given according to the following scale: less than 91 points (< 51 %) – mark “2”; 91–126 points (51–70 %) – “3”; 127–153 points (71–85 %) mark “4”; 154 points (more than 86 %) mark “5”.
The use of the described monitoring system enables us to diagnose the degree of biology subject competences formation of foreign students from the preparatory faculty after mastering their Russian language course and a biology course in the Russian language. The sufficient level of biology subject competences allows the graduates of the faculty to successfully master the curriculum of the first-year medical universities together with native Russian students.
The work is submitted to the International Scientific Conference «Modern science education», Amsterdam (Netherlands), October 20–26, 2016, came to the editorial office оn 07.10.2016.