A total of 9.42 million Chinese high school students started taking “Gaokao”, the annual national college admission exam on Sunday. The test will run for two or three days depending on the region.
The test is often called a “battle to determine fate” as its results decide whether a student goes to college, back to school for another year, or tries to find a job.
“As a student who has been learning in the U.S. for three years, when trying to recall my “Gaokao time”, the most important thing gaokao taught to me was the authentic experience of overcoming and achieving. The qualities I learned: such as perseverance, careful reflection, optimism, and self-confidence still have a huge impact on me,” —Shuwen Bian
Because the stakes are high, cheating is a recurring problem.
On Sunday, just two hours after the test began, media reports alleged that there was a surrogate exam-taker in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi Province.
The provincial education department immediately investigated and apprehended the suspect in a high school exam room with police in attendance, less than half an hour before the first test ended.
The suspect admitted to being a stand in. The Ministry of Education, said it had asked the public security ministry to oversee the investigation, adding that cheating in Gaokao could amount to a punishable crime in serious cases.
Law enforcers have already seized 23 suspects in a special campaign to crack down on the sale of wireless devices used for cheating, as well as sale of self-proclaimed key to exam questions and the practice of using substitute exam sitters, according to the education ministry.
More than 80 education officials, teachers, invigilators, students and even parents received punishments ranging from warnings to dismissals in Hubei Province in central China after last year’s “Gaokao.”
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.
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Question 1 of 10
In Triangle ABC, a=4, b=5, c=6, What is:
Question 2 of 10
In Triangle ABC, points M, N satisfy Am=2MC, BN=NC, if MN =xAB+yAC, then what is x and y equal to?Correct
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Essay question from From the 2015 exam in Chongqing, China:
A boy boards a bus and asks the driver to wait for his mother, A minute later the mother has not appeared and passengers complain. When she finally appears she is handicapped and hobbles on the bus. Everyone is silent. What are your thoughts about this situation? Pick an argument based using 800 words or less on this topic and back up your thesis. Use your own words. Do not plagiarize anyone else’s work.Correct
Question 4 of 10
Function f(x)=x3+ax2+b (a, b € R) What is the monotonicity of this function? If b = c – a (and c is a constant number unrelated to a), when the function f(x) has has three points of intersection at zero, the value range of a equals the (-∞, -3 ) U (1, 1.5 ) U (1.5, +∞). Please solve for c.Correct
Question 5 of 10
English question from 2015 Beijing gaokao:
If ____ for the job, you will be informed soon.Correct
Even though the answer isn’t posted, we’re pretty sure D is the right answer.Incorrect
Even though the answer isn’t posted, we’re pretty sure D is the right answer.
Question 6 of 10
History question from 2015 Beijing Gaokao:
In 1845, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that prohibited the president from building coastguard vessels without permission from the U.S. congress. President John Tyler vetoed the bill, but Congress overturned the president’s veto. According to the U.S. Constitution, what would happen next?Correct
Even though the answer isn’t posted, we’re pretty sure A is the right answer.Incorrect
Even though the answer isn’t posted, we’re pretty sure A is the right answer.
Question 7 of 10
Politics question from 2015 Beijing Gaokao:
Which of the following would be most likely said by Adam Smith:
A. Government should encourage the development of infrastructure by having a preferred policy to improve the long-term competitive power of the economy.
B. Government should reevaluate the resource structure and coordinate resources to reach advantaged industries.
C. Government should reorganize the economy, and lead positive market competition to decrease overall risks to the economy.
D. Government should step out of the marketplace, eliminate trade barriers, and remodel price mechanisms.Correct
Question 8 of 10
Chemistry question 2015 Anhui province gaokao:
Which of the following statements is correct?
A. When heated, Na2CO3 and NaHCO3 can be broken down from their solid form.
B. Fe(OH)3 is a colorless and transparent colloid that can cause Tyndall Effect.
C. The three gasses: H2, SO2, and C02, can be desiccated by the dense H2SO4.
D. SiO2 can react with NAOH liquid and hydrofluoric acid. Therefore, SiO2 is an amphoteric oxide.Correct
Question 9 of 10
In 1960, the United Nations formally adopted the Declaration of Anti-colonism. While no country voted against it, some countries such as France, Portugal, and Spain abstained from voting. What were their reasons? Choose more than of the following:
A. They were unwilling to give up past colonial interests.
B. They wanted to build a new international political system.
C. They recognized the growing trend of decolonization.
D. They were focused on the Cold War with Russia.Correct
Question 10 of 10
Physics question from 2015 Beijing gaokao:
If Earth and Mars orbit the sun at the same speed, and we know Earth is closer to the sun than the Mars. Which of the following statements is correct?
A. The Earth has a greater orbit than Mars.
B. The Earth has a smaller linear velocity of revolution than Mars.
C. The Earth has a smaller accelerated speed of revolution than Mars.
D. The Earth has a larger angular velocity of revolution than Mars.Correct
Though the scams will never disappear, “Gaokao” has become a fairer game since last year with new rules, the biggest changes since the exam was reintroduced in 1977.
The fresh measures include discarding “extra” scores awarded for sporting or artistic achievement, such as playing a musical instrument.
The plan also tips the scales more toward underprivileged groups by expanding enrollment quotas for students from less developed central and western parts of the country, helping those from poorer provinces get into top universities.
Yan Jiliang, an 18-year-old candidate from a village in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, said he believed new rules had leveled the playing field, which he saw as an opportunity to control his own fate.
Measures are also aiding physically challenged candidates. Guangdong education authority printed papers with a larger font for six candidates who have visual impairments. They, plus eight who have difficulty in writing due to cerebral palsy, were permitted to extend their test time in accordance with a new regulation which allows more help for disadvantaged groups. Candidates with auditory disabilities were allowed to bring hearing aids and sign language interpreters were assigned for those in need.
“My boy grew more confident when he heard about the policy,” said Xu Mingguo, whose son has cerebral palsy and took the test in a separate room. “Now he plans to become a finance expert.”
Story by Xinhua