Gaokao: China's National College Entrance Exam

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    I find the importance placed on gaokao in China over the top. Utterly fascinating. Have any of our forum members taken gaokao? If so please describe the process that took place. thanks.

    I don't even remember the full gambit of taking the SAT over 45 years ago. I must have done well I got a full boat scholarship to The Ohio State University. Which I did not use. I joined the USN instead.

    As his thread develops I'll post photos & articles etc about gaokao.

    For those of you that don't know..

    This is a western link however it was one of the better ones I've found.

    Gaokao: China's National College Entrance Exam

     
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    In a sense, it is almost reminiscent of the Imperial Entrance Exams. Luckily I didn't have to deal with it since I came to the states when I was nine.
     
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    Thanks siegecrossbow!

    The photos are starting to roll in..


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    Seeing from these photos and also from reading Chinese internet forums, it seems to me that today's Chinese new generations are more and more overtly emotional. The banners, huggings, tears. Remind me of a phrase one of my friends (same generation as me) used to describe these newer generations, "emotion and compassion flooding".:D. But then my generation was "tough and rough", hehe.
     
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    To share my own experience and people from my time:

    1. It is tough. One year of late night study. A week of tests in the hot weather (early July).
    2. It is something one can not imagine to fail.
    3. It is something one will keep on trying until exhausted, one will usually try a second time the next year if fails the first, some will try a third time.
    4. It is more like soldiers going to the battle field, heart is heavy but trying to suppress the anxiety, trying to be cool or pretending to be cool.
    5. Not so many parents going to the site with the students.
    6. After the examination, students wait at home for the admission letter. Some may make contacts to university of their 2nd choice if they didn't feel well about their performance.

    So, it was as important as today, but nothing visible at the testing facility, on the street or in the media.
     
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    Thanks taxiya! From my observation strictly from the Photos I agree with you. When did you take the exam?? Thanks.

    CHEATING!! Sey what!!!!????. Yes students cheat during Gaokao!

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    Cheating their way into uni, Bond style
     
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    More on cheating...from 2014...

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    Last word for now...I read that if a student is caught cheating said student is barred from repeating the exam for 3 years. Wow.

    Many of these students are under enough emotional stress without flunking or getting caught cheating. What happens if they fail the exam or worse get caught cheating? Do they give up? How high does the stress level get? Do parents, who seem to be stressed out, get even more stressed? Just what happens??

    @taxiya...When did you take the exam?? Thanks.
     
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    My cousin failed his first gaokao. This was back in '98 or '99. He went to one year of boarding school specifically geared toward the exam, and passed it the second time.

    My other cousin finished high school in 2010. I'm not sure if she didn't take the exam, or didn't do too well, but she ended up going to a vocational college to study animation.

    So there are alternatives.
     
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    me 1988

    stress it is indeed. Barring exam for 3 years, I believe so. On top of that, the one who assists and facilitate the cheating will go to jail. In the imperial time, it is death penalty because it is cheating the emperor.

    "Do they give up after caught cheating?", I guess they will likely give up, firstly the cheating will be entered into their personal record like a criminal record, even they take the exam again and get in college, the future would look bleak, secondly 3 years older, a bit too late for everything, also they have to keep up with the changes of education material/subject etc. not impossible but very difficult. Usually most people will try at most 3 times (I heave heard such cases) and that is the person is clean.

    BTW, your giving up the full? scholarship to the university and going to the Navy instead will surprise every Chinese.:D I think a Chinese in this case will take the university and join the armed forces afterwards if they want, a graduate from a civilian university (in China) is regarded as commissioned officer just like from a military college, of course an extra basic military training will be needed. Of course, I am not judging your choice.:)
     
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