National Higher Education Entrance Examination

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.

Sunday, 10 June, 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

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

HK's examination system seeks mainland approval

Exam officials have appealed to their mainland counterparts to recognise Hong Kong's new public examination system for admitting students to their universities.

8 Aug 2011 - 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

Rote testing threatens innovation

As more students opt for HK degrees, campus chiefs say mainland entrance exams ignore creativity

University chiefs have called for changes to admission procedures to attract more creative students.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Choice of four institutions

LIKE THEIR MAINLAND counterparts, Hong Kong students are required to sit China's national college entrance examination for admission into mainland universities, except Jinan and Huaqiao universities, which cater for overseas Chinese students.

The entrance examination is held annually in Hong Kong through the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority.

30 Jul 2005 - 12:00am