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June 7th, 2008
China Prep
China Will Not Tolerate Cheating on College Entrance Exam

china_prep_1As China’s two-day National College Entrance Exam — known as gaokao – begins today, a swirl of activity is planned to ensure the best possible conditions for students to take the test that will determine their professional tracks within Chinese society.

All over China, traffic will be re-routed away from test centers and construction sites will silence their commotion. In Guangxi, the Olympic Torch Relay has abbreviated its relay route and toned down the pomp and circumstance of the event.

Chinese society places careful consideration on these two days. Parents and grandparents scurry to temples to pray for students’ good fortune. The Ministry of Education (MOE) even issued a national health warning on impaired student eyesight.

But there is one activity that will not be tolerated: cheating.

Stories of cheating surface every year: students pay for leaked exams, pay others to take the exams, or sneak cell phones and electronic dictionaries into test centers.

According to the MOE, students caught cheating may be disqualified from next year’s registration. Those students taking the exam for others may be expelled.

More than 11 million students are registered with the MOE to take the exam. However, the exam will qualify only about 6 million students for university. Test results are available online on June 28.

WIDE ANGLE’s film follows four Chinese students through their final, high-pressure year, which culminates with the gaokao. “China Prep” premieres on August 12. Check your local listings for airtimes, and check back here for updates.

  • G Clayton Taylor

    Here’s what I find “funny”. China is world renown for it’s corruption on all levels. This includes business, finance, government agencies and the military.
    The Communist Party runs everything with an iron fist and we’re supposed to believe that these tests are on the level?
    C’mon, this is the country were forgery is considered an art-form, as they flood countries around the world with their government backed “knock offs” and fakes.
    If you believe the tests are so much “on the level”, I have a tea house on the Great Wall you can lease or buy….

  • Ronald Steele

    I live in Chongqing. Ms. Fong is not being objective about her saying there is NO short cut for party members children in the system./

    As a matter of fact,many of these officals children are accepted at Harvard.

  • Lu Ping

    I came from China experiencing the College entry exam as student an examinee and as teacher an examiner. As far as I knew the exam was level-plain for all high school graduates because the student’s names on top of the exam paper were sealed. People who participated in grading the exam paper were not allowed to unseal the top part of the paper. Secondly, about five people in one group sitting around one table to grade paper like assembling line, each person was only responsible for checking one section, then passed on to next examiner for double check and then passed on to next examiner further verification. In this way, one section of the paper would be examined for grading accuracy about five times, then passed on to next groups for following sections. During the grading period, all examiners were isolated from outside. The grading mechanism was highly secured, it was absolutely confidential. But the possible loophole was in college administration enrolling procedure. In some cases which were very rare, but it happened, among students who achieved the same score, for the one whose family member was a high ranking leader might be accepted into an elite college, for others, they have to enter a regular college.

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