Meanwhile, other countries offer free (as in beer) University / College tuition to all students who qualify academically
Like France, where students have to sit for the bac when they are 18, a weeklong process that includes written and oral tests in everything from French literature to math to philosophy. And unlike the SAT, the bac is the sole factor that determines whether a French student will graduate from lycee; grades and extracurricular activities are not considered.
Despite this, at France's open-enrollment public universities, the dropout and failure rate after the first year is close to 50 percent.
Before sitting for the bac, at 15 your type of bac or whether you will go into vocational study is determined.
And although college being free in France, a higher percentage of American citizens are tertiary-educated.