Gaokao: China’s ultra competitive college entrance/placement exam

July 26, 2012

From today’s China Reform Monitor:

This month 9.15 million high school seniors took China’s college entrance exam: the gaokao. The test determines whether they can attend a university, and if so, which one. Once a student gets their scores they submit a list of universities. The universities decide whom to admit based on their scores. The gaokao promotes rote learning, hobbles creativity, and puts an immense strain on students. In one case students in Hubei were hooked up to intravenous drips while cramming . . .



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