Gaokao exam becomes crucial moment for Chinese students

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Gaokao exam becomes crucial moment for Chinese students

It is that time of year when Chinese high school students come to the make-or-break point of their lives as they take the national college entrance exams: the Gaokao.

Exceptional results in the Gaokao  are seen as a ticket to prestigious universities and high-paying jobs. Every year, the exam puts high schools — or “cram schools” — under the spotlight.

A look into one town in eastern China’s Anhui province, famous for running such schools and producing high-scoring students, offers insights into how students are prepped with Gaokao skills and why different provinces have different passing grades.

CCTV Xia Ruixue reports.

Gaokao exam becomes crucial moment for Chinese students

Gaokao exam becomes crucial moment for Chinese students

It is that time of year when Chinese high school students come to the make-or-break point of their lives as they take the national college entrance exams: the Gaokao.



Try your luck at some gaokao questions from last year:


Quiz: Are you smarter than a Chinese high school student?

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CCTV America looked through many of the hundreds of questions in the areas of math, science, writing, English, and essays that more than 9 million Chinese high school students encountered in the annual college-entrance examination, or gaokao, currently underway in China. We came up with this nifty quiz after translating 10 random questions.

The grueling two to three day test is often considered a make or break it moment for college hopefuls. While the questions from the first day of the test from each province and municipality were posted on the China Education Online website, the answers were not. So we’re going to rely on the honor system to determine if you think you can answer these questions.

Let us know how you did on Twitter and Facebook.


Chinese Gaokao versus overseas education

While it is a tense time for most students nationwide, some have opted for an alternative. An increasing number of Chinese students are choosing to pursue higher education abroad.

As more and more U.S. colleges, like Suffolk University in Boston, start to accept Gaokao scores instead of traditional U.S. tests like SAT or ACT, a comparison between the Gaokao and overseas education is presented. CCTV Xing Zheming takes a look.

Chinese Gaokao versus overseas education

Chinese Gaokao versus overseas education

A comparison between the Gaokao and overseas education is presented.


Fred Mednick discusses Chinese Gaokao

CCTV America’s Mike Walter spoke to Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers Without Borders and assistant professor in Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, about how Gaokao has changed over the from earlier tests in terms of its format and its impact on the future of over nine million students.

Mednick has the experience of studying the test while living in China. With respect to that, he will share with CCTV his thoughts on the effort the Chinese government has taken in order to make Gaokao a more fair one.