Gaokao gets accepted by overseas universities

International horizons have opened up for students sitting the national college entrance exam as an increasing number of overseas universities accept the exam’s scores, according to educational analysts. Millions of Chinese students sit the exam, also known as gaokao, every year but only a select few enter the top domestic universities.

More tests mean less cramming

Students attend a cram school in Beijing’s Changping district. Pressure to pass the college entrance exam,which is held once a year,may be relieved in the wake of reform proposed by the Ministry of Education that allows some subjects to be tested more than once a year. They spend a year at the school,preparing for next year’s gaokao o. They recruit 6000 to 10000 students each year,accounting for 10 or more percent of all students taking the gaokao in the city.

Removing English from Gaokao shows cultural confidence

According to The Beijing News, the Ministry of Education said on its official website that parts of the reform and enrollment plan for gaokao, the national college entrance examination, have been made. The overall plan and the reform plan for gaokao will be introduced in the first half of next year. Most interestingly, English will not be a gaokao subject in the future. Instead, students can take English tests more than once each year. “Whether considering the world trend or personal development, the situation that foreign language is just as important as Chinese and math needs to be changed.”