Students are pictured inside Beijing No. 4 Middle School before taking part in the Gaokao, national college entrance exam, in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song
Students are pictured inside Beijing No. 4 Middle School before taking part in the Gaokao, national college entrance exam, in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Gaokao: how one exam can set the course of a student’s life in China

Despite its stresses and controversies, the ‘high test’ provides the only chance for less privileged students to make it to the top

Students are pictured inside Beijing No. 4 Middle School before taking part in the Gaokao, national college entrance exam, in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song
Students are pictured inside Beijing No. 4 Middle School before taking part in the Gaokao, national college entrance exam, in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song
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