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Chinese students are taking the infamous college entrance exam this week amid coronavirus controls and testing scandals


Ten million Chinese students are taking the most important exam of their life this week — and conditions couldn’t be worse.

The National College Entrance Examination, known as the “gaokao,” began Tuesday amid pandemic restrictions, testing scandals, an earthquake and devastating flooding. 

The annual exam is a source of student dread even in normal times. Unlike college admissions in the U.S. and elsewhere, where applicants are assessed on multiple factors, the gaokao alone determines whether and where a student is accepted.

The test had already been postponed by a month because of the pandemic, which gave students more time to cram — and to…


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