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China makes changes to its controversial college entrance exam

June 8, 2010

In a recent 10-year education reform and development plan, China's ministry officials acknowledged the unfairness of "a single examination that defines a student's destiny." During a two-day exam this year, 9.57 million students will compete for 6.57 million places at China's universities, from elite research institutions to small vocational colleges.

The primary means of gaining entrance to college will remain the standardized national exam, known as gaokao, but the ministry is encouraging universities to design their own "university-based assessment" to identify candidates with special talents. This effort is part of a broader government goal to develop a more independent higher-education system, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

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