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The intense pressure of taking the gaokao leads Chinese students to cram, cheat or study abroad

1 week ago
uan Qi, a high-performing high school student in Beijing, studied 12 hours a day to prepare for the gaokao, China's notorious college-entrance exam that can impact the course of a career and even marriage prospects. The stress, difficulty and importance of the test have led to significant problems with bribery and cheating, and many students now opt out of it by applying to top universities abroad.
By Lucas Niewenhuis