I know about the school, MAN Insan Cendekia (Insan Cendekia Islamic High School) when I was at 7th Grade. At that time, my mom suggested me to choose MAN Insan Cendekia, where my sibling also went to the school. The reason was if I go to school there, I will not to worry about school tuition fee, including dormitory, books, school uniform and shoes.
When I was at 8th grade, I started to look for information about MAN Insan Cendekia. When I read about the school profile, achievements and facility, I was so interested to join the school. Moreover, this high school has a good concept which is learning knowledge and technology without forgetting the religion and faith. So, I made MAN Insan Cendekia as my high school target.
Finally, when I was at 9th grade, I kept looking on information about admission to MAN Insan Cendekia. The online admission was finally opened on 1 – 21 April, 2012.I had to fill the online form. The content of the form was similar to other high school admission. Then I was given option to choose the school location between Serpong and Gorontalo. Of course, I chose Serpong, closer is better.. hehehehe..
The supporting documents required for admission was legalized copy of 9th grade Report Book, recommendation letter, and achievement certificate. The entire supporting document must be scanned and submitted via online. Dag Dig Dug (my heart was beating so hard) when I was waiting for selection process of supporting document and the result would be announced on 26 April, 2012.
Alhamdulillah (Praise the Lord), I made the supporting document selection. I was provided “Written Test Card” to be brought on the written test. The test was “Test Bakat Skolastik”, similar to IQ test, Math, Physic, Biology, English, (Islamic) Religion and Arab Language.
The test was taken place on 12 May 2012 on selected places. For Yogyakarta area, the selected place was MAN 3 Yogyakarta. Huft, during the test, other student was accompanied by their parents. But, I did not, my dad left because the test was held from 7 am to 5 pm, so it was not possible for my dad to accompany me because he had to go to work.
Alhamdulillah, for the IQ test, Math, Physic, Biology and English, I did not find any obstacles. But for (Islamic) Religion and Arabic Language test, I found it was so hard, because the test material was not the state middle school curriculum, but the Islamic school curriculum. So, it is obvious that there are a lot of things that I did not know because I went at State Middle School. For Arabic Language, I was not sure that I could answer more than 5 numbers. Therefore, I guessed the rest of the numbers because there are no point’s deductions for any wrong answers. After the test finished, what I did was waiting and waiting until 28 May 2012.
On 28 May 2013, on 3 am I already looked on internet to see the result. But it turned out that the announcement come-out on 1 pm, so I had to wait again. After school, at 1 pm, I went to Internet Corner with faster connection to open the website, but the website was error and could not be opened. Ah, I went home and felt unwell. Huft, around 5 pm, I tried again to open the website. I logged-in and saw the selection result: “Congratulation, you with test number of 12140023 SELECTED as student candidate of MAN Insan Cendekia Serpong”. I was so happy, and I could not hold the tears of joy. My mom who just came home asked me: “How is it, sweetie? And with a lot of happiness, I said: “Alhamdulillah, I went through..”. I could not describe how happy I was at the moment.
Then, there was a procedure for the selected candidate for re-admission. The re-admission was supporting document included electricity bill, contract letter, and medical check-up notes from the doctor. The most difficult was the medical check-up notes, because it was required complete check-up. I could relate because the students will live together at dormitory, so health is number one. Huft, I did my medical check-up at Jebugan Hospital.
Now I am waiting for 5 July to depart there. All the admission process was free, except for medical check-up. Hehehehe.. Ok, that was my experience to get in to MAN Insan Cendekia. Thank you.
(This story was translated from Bahasa to English by Isye Hayatina who is a Sponsor Sibling living in Jakarta. Kak Isye is a Process Engineer who loves travelling and education. She believes that education is the only way to make Indonesia a better place to live.)
for Bahasa Indonesia version click here : Perjalananku ke MAN Insan Cendekia