Since the period of military dictatorship until 1985,
education has been invested as part of the country's
economic recovery. Uruguay has the highest literacy level in
Latin America. The school system, which is essentially
state, consists of six-year primary school (starting at age
6) followed by a secondary school in two stages of each
three years, the "basic cycle" and "baccalaureate". The
latter stage is divided into a university preparation and a
vocational preparation program. In 1996, 91% of children
went to primary school and 36% to secondary school.
Investment in adult education has been made to correct
illiteracy, which in 1995 was 2.7%. The country has two
universities, one state that accepts the majority of
students and one Catholic. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Uruguay.