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

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.
6 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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