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 studentsIt 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.
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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
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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.
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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
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 educationA 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.