Nearly 110,000 candidates applied to sit for the baccalaureate exam in the autumn session which started yesterday, approx. 40,000 more than in 2010. Education Minister Daniel Funeriu stated the key words would be, once again, zero tolerance for cheating, and that only well-prepared students would pass the exam. According to the minister, the topics for the second baccalaureate session will have the same difficulty level as those in the June-July session and papers will be marked fairly. Daniel Funeriu added that the exam had been organized most thoroughly and CCTV cameras had been set up in all the examination centres. This year’s summer session of the baccalaureate exam saw the lowest exam passing rate in the past decades – 45.72 pc. The oral tests are scheduled between August 22 and 25, to be followed by the written tests, between August 29 and 30. The preliminary results will be announced on September 4 and the final ones on September 7.