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China: More than 10 million students take college entrance exam after COVID-19 delay03:26

China: More than 10 million students take college entrance exam after COVID-19 delay

China, Zibo, Shandong Province
July 7, 2020 at 16:50 GMT -00:00 · Published

China's make-or-break National College Entrance Examination, or Gaokao, went ahead on Tuesday after weeks of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, as seen in a middle school in Zibo, in the Shandong Province.

Around 10.7 million students are expected to take the exam this year in 400,000 different classrooms across the country. It's the biggest public event in China since the pandemic broke out in January.

The test, which was supposed to be carried out in early June, is now getting underway under strict safety measures. Candidates can be seen having their body temperature checked at the entrance and back-up rooms have been set up for those who show COVID-19 related symptoms.

A sister of a student said that because of the delay, the students "were more stressed."

The Gaokao is decisive in the students' future. Nearly 90 per cent of those who take it will be admitted to colleges and universities, but only one in 20 will get a place in China's leading universities.

China: More than 10 million students take college entrance exam after COVID-19 delay03:26
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China's make-or-break National College Entrance Examination, or Gaokao, went ahead on Tuesday after weeks of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, as seen in a middle school in Zibo, in the Shandong Province.

Around 10.7 million students are expected to take the exam this year in 400,000 different classrooms across the country. It's the biggest public event in China since the pandemic broke out in January.

The test, which was supposed to be carried out in early June, is now getting underway under strict safety measures. Candidates can be seen having their body temperature checked at the entrance and back-up rooms have been set up for those who show COVID-19 related symptoms.

A sister of a student said that because of the delay, the students "were more stressed."

The Gaokao is decisive in the students' future. Nearly 90 per cent of those who take it will be admitted to colleges and universities, but only one in 20 will get a place in China's leading universities.

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