After passing through multiple checkpoints, including facial recognition, fingerprint verification and a metal detector, some 9.4 million Chinese students began to sit for the 2016 national college entrance exam on Tuesday.
The test lasts for two or three days depending on the region.
Known as gaokao in Chinese or “college test”, this exam pits students against each other for enrollment at top universities such as Tsinghua University and Peking University.
Many parents who wait outside the exam sites expressed their support and their highest wishes for their children.
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.
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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
Question 3 of 10
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
“The road is still far. The exam can not decide everything. During the growing process, he must experience such a process as gaokao, and then will have a new understanding of life,” said one parent that did not give a name.
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking even delivered a message to test takers in China on his Weibo page:
As many of you prepare to take the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, I want to wish you, the next generation of scientific minds, success in your academic endeavors. This culmination of your hard work marks just the beginning of your very bright futures,” Hawking wrote.
Can U pass China's college entrance exam? Try it: finish 800-word essay in 45 mins, with no more info but this pic pic.twitter.com/kuEg5Zii5z
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 7, 2016
“Growing up, my parents placed a high value on education and I am grateful for the limitless opportunities provided by my studies. Whether you aim to be a doctor, teacher, scientist, musician, engineer, or a writer — be fearless in the pursuit of your aspirations. You are the next generation of big thinkers and thought leaders that will shape the future for generations to come.”
Chinese authorities are imposing strict measures to prevent cheating in this year’s exams, and those who cheat could get three to seven years in prison.
In south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, authorities for the national examination affairs have detailed rules to supervise every step in the process to ensure test papers to reach students safely.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 7, 2016
“We have rigid regulations on every step of the process, from test papers’ printing, distribution, transport, custody to final use. The entire process is fully monitored,” Tu Didong, director of the higher education institutions enrollment of Guangxi Entrance Examination Agency said.
Once the test papers are loaded, the carriages will be sealed and double locked. In addition, there will be escort teams in the transport vehicles to ensure the papers to arrive at designated locations timely and safely.
The authorities will also launch a 24-hour monitoring system in each examination room.
In Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei province, authorities have a three-layered radio monitoring network to combat exam cheating.
In light of the widely reported “gaokao” fraud scandal last year, east China’s Jiangxi province has taken stringent countermeasures to crack down on exam cheating including pre-exam physical checkups, increased supervision of exam rooms, and more training and qualification evaluations.
Test papers will also be sent from printing houses directly to exam locations ward off leaks.
The number of students sitting for the exam is 20,000 fewer than last year, as an thousands of Chinese students have chosen to study abroad or have been granted early admission at universities.
Story by CCTV+ and CCTV America