Each and every year, almost 10 million Chinese graduates will take the Gaokao, the nation’s college entrance test. And as its name suggests (Gaokao in Chinese translates to “high test”), this is an extremely difficult exam.
If you think SAT is challenging, then you have no chance of surviving Gaokao. It’s like SAT on steroids and by just one fact you can realize its difficulty: no one has ever got full marks. Ever.
The Gaokao takes place in 2 consecutive days in June, is nine hours long in total and it has three mandatory subjects: Chinese history, English (or other foreign language) and maths, as well as three of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Political Education.
Bloomberg has gathered some sample questions to give us an idea of this extraordinary test. So, what do you think? Would you be able to pass the Gaokao?