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Exams that baffle best test-takers

( Updated: 2014-10-16 13:37

The Chinese are allegedly the best test-takers in the world, but still find some exams very difficult. Following are the hard exams most taken or talked about by Chinese.

Nearly 10 million take national college entrance exam

The national college entrance, or gaokao, is one of China's most important exams. Families take it very seriously, since it determines children's higher education opportunities. Students invest vast amounts of time and energy preparing for it.

The number of test-takers has been dropping since it peaked at 10.5 million in 2008. This year's total of 9.39 million is 270,000, or 3 percent, more than in 2013. It marked the first increase in five years.

About 6.98 million of the students who take this year's test will be admitted, according to an overall plan.

Exams that baffle best test-takers

Students take the Chinese test at an examination hall in the Guizhou Water Conservatory and Electric Power School in Guizhou province's capital Guiyang on Saturday. Qin Gang / for China Daily

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