SupChina illustration by Derek Zheng
The gāokǎo 高考, China’s national college entrance exam, is administered every June, with nearly 10 million students competing for 7 million university spots. It is, by far, the most important test in most Chinese people’s lives.
Born around the time of the 2003 SARS epidemic, China’s current crop of high-school seniors is preparing for the gaokao under extraordinary circumstances, with COVID-19 having shut down schools for the past two months.
Priscilla Zhu, a journalist originally from Wuhan, has this story for SupChina about how teachers, parents, and students are handling gaokao preparation in the shadow of COVID-19.