A battle to determine fate for millions of Chinese students

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After months, sometimes years of studying, nearly 9.5 million high school students in China are finishing the most important test of their lives — the Gaokao, often called the “Battle to Determine Fate.” CCTV America’s Jim Spellman filed this report.
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A battle to determine fate for millions of Chinese students

A battle to determine fate for millions of Chinese students

After months, sometimes years of studying, nearly 9.5 million high school students in China are finishing the most important test of their lives -- the Gaokao, often called the "Battle to Determine Fate."CCTV America's Jim Spellman filed this report.

Highlight:

  • Most Chinese college-base admissions almost solely rely on the Gaokao. The test covers subjects like science and math plus essay questions.
  • In the U.S., the system is different. Students take standardized tests like the SAT but colleges usually consider a wider set of criteria.

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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