Entrance Examination

Record 1.8m postgrad hopefuls sit national entrance exams

Test-takers flood an entrance to take part in an exam for postgraduate studies at Anhui University, in Hefei, on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

A record 1.8 million students across China spent the first week of the new year taking the National Entrance Examinations for Postgraduates, state media reported on Sunday.

Monday, 7 January, 2013, 5:49pm

Easing of college exam barriers fails to satisfy migrant parents

Inequality hampers migrant children's schooling.

Migrant parents expressed disappointment yesterday after three of the largest magnets of migrant labour - Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong - announced only a modest relaxation of residency restrictions for college entrance exams.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am 1 comment

New exam regime put to the test

When the curtain falls on a collective experience that became part of public life for decades, an air of nostalgia is inevitable. The public emotion aroused by the release of the final public Advanced Level Examination results last week is thus understandable.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland college entrance exam is flawed but necessary evil

For the mainland's roughly nine million high-school seniors, a two-day stretch in June is the moment they believe will shape their entire future. They bid farewell to families, and armed with pens and pencils, head off to take the gaokao, the mainland's college-entrance exam.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Education is for a wider world

Fewer mainland high school students are sitting the national university entrance exam and ever more are going overseas to study. The trend is not surprising given the impact of the one-child policy and the possibilities and aspirations that go with burgeoning wealth. Yet it has evoked worry that education standards will slip and some of the country's best and brightest will leave forever.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

More head abroad for college studies

Since 2008, the number of mainland high-school students signing up for the national university entrance examination has declined every year.

Indeed, the once 'make-or-break' examination is losing much of its allure as a growing number of school-leavers choose to study abroad.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Approval fails to free up university

The Ministry of Education's long-awaited approval of full accreditation for the South University of Science and Technology (SUSTC) in Shenzhen has been hailed as a milestone by university authorities, but analysts say it will leave it with less room to be a beacon for educational reform.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Radical university reformer forced to take a step back

The Shenzhen-based educator who was pushing radical reform of the tertiary education system a year ago now admits he has had to adopt a more moderate approach to get his university off the ground.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Parents pray for exam rule change

Liu Yuliang, a mechanical engineer originally from Shandong province, said he saw a glimmer of hope in the government's timetable for an overhaul of the national university entrance examinations, also known as the gaokao.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Numbers short of expectations for new exam

The number of students enrolling for the first public university entrance exam under the new education system has fallen short of expectations, with thousands dropping out.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

More tries at big exam welcomed

The news that high school graduates on the mainland may have more than one chance to take the college entrance exam has stirred debate.

Yuan Guiren, the minister of education, recently wrote an article in Study Times on proposed improvements to the examination. He said high school graduates might be able to take the exam more than once a year in future.

1 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Plan to grant homebuyers exam marks fails

A local government in Fujian has been forced to give up a controversial policy designed to boost the city's property prices - by rewarding the children of new homeowners with extra marks in the high school entrance exam.

6 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Fewer try for college as career fears grow

University degrees are losing allure on the mainland because of graduates' gloomy job prospects. The number of college applicants in some regions has dropped significantly.

The Ministry of Education earlier estimated that the number of college applicants would remain above 10 million this year - roughly the same as last year.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Official response to exam muted, for good reasons

Last week, a record 10 million students sat the annual university entrance exam, marking its 30th anniversary. One would have assumed the occasion would provide a perfect backdrop against which mainland leaders could show up in force to claim the credit and beat the drums on how higher education has changed the country.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Record number of students sit down to make-or-break exam

A record 10 million students will hit exam halls across the mainland today for the two-day, make-or-break college entrance exam which marks its 30th anniversary this year.

They will compete for just 5.7 million places in the National College Entrance Examination, or gaokao, Xinhua reported.

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am