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The Korean CSAT is the exam that stops a nation [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2018-11-19 10:02:02 |Display all floors

(BBC) Today, almost 600,000 South Korean students sit the College Scholastic Ability Test, a gruelling, eight-hour set of university entrance exams.


It is difficult to overstate the significance of the CSAT. Similar to other global standardised exams, CSAT scores open doors to prestigious universities. In Korea, however, social pressure and peer judgement not to attend local colleges cause many students to jockey for a few spots in three top universities located in Seoul (known as the ‘SKY’ colleges). Only 1% of students will be admitted.


For a single day, the exam becomes the priority of the entire nation.


Work starts an hour later, enabling students to get to their testing centres on time; planes are grounded during the listening portion so as not to create any extra noise. Younger classmates flood the streets to support upperclassmen. Parents pray together that the many hours of study their children have put in will pay off.


Without top scores, entrance into the highly desired SKY universities is nearly impossible – which leads many students to sit for the CSAT exams multiple times. The test can become a life-consuming endeavour.

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Post time 2018-11-21 11:46:31 |Display all floors
Pretty much the same in China.

Take Henan, an inland province of roughly 100 million people,  for example.

It is reported in 2018 approximately 950,000 students sat the national univ entrance examinations, and only 120,000 eventually had the scores that crossed the threshold for admission to 1st tier universities, among them around 10,000 were qualified to apply for enrollment at the 40 cream-of-the-crop higher learning institutes in China, otherwise known as "985" universities.

Not an easy path to seats of learning in China either.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2018-11-23 15:12:16 |Display all floors
Liononthehunt Post time: 2018-11-21 11:46
Pretty much the same in China.

Take Henan, an inland province of roughly 100 million people,  for e ...

And I fully agree with it.
Pick the best ones and the rest will pull up their socks rather quickly...

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