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The resumption of gaokao in 1977 after a decade-long suspension reopened a channel for people to change their life and fate. It is hard to overstate the importance of gaokao. Many students who sat for the exam when it was reintroduced later said the test changed their life forever.
A channel to change life and fate

Zhang Juncheng, head of a secondary vocational school

As the head of a secondary vocational school, Zhang Juncheng does not avoid to tell his students that he used to be a security guard when he was a young man.

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Xiao Fuxing, a famous writer

In the summer of 1978, Xiao, then a high school teacher in Beijing, was busy preparing for the gaokao exam. Xiao appeared for two tests in a space of months that year to get a chance to receive higher education.

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Fan Yingying, head of gynecology department in Ningbo Medical Center Lihuili Eastern Hospital

She graduated from the Ningbo No 5 High School on July 23, 1977, and was sent to do rural work at Feishi village in Jiangbei district of Ningbo. Two months later, Fan received a notice from her teacher that she could take gaokao test.

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Xiao Yuan, executive editor-in-chief of China Health and Family Planning Yearbook

Xiao Yuan is a pen name. His real name is Xiao Aihua, a name he used to complete the most important exam in life in 1981. He is now the executive editor-in-chief of China Health and Family Planning Yearbook, but he still remembers the day when he sat for the national college entrance exam, also known as gaokao.

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Weng Zhentao, chairman of the board of Ningbo Qianpu Mechanism, Electricity and Hydraulics Technology Development Company

In 1977, Weng Zhentao was working at a food factory in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province, when he heard about the resumption of the college entrance examination, gaokao. It was his teacher who found him and persuaded him to prepare for the examination.

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Xu Dongsheng, a teacher in China University of Political Science and Law

Xu Dongsheng took the college entrance examination in 1995 and joined Shantou University. She is now a teacher in China University of Political Science and Law.

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Shao Yang, lead engineer of super high-rise projects at China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co Ltd

Shao is now the lead engineer of super high-rise projects at China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co Ltd in Beijing. He took gaokao twice as he wanted to get admission in his favorite university.

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Liu Jiawei, admitted by Peking University in 2011

For Liu Jiawei, Peking University is a place that is too far-fetched even for a dream. He even missed the chance to be enrolled in the best high school in his province just by one point in the exam. So he secretly decided to work hard for the highest college dream in high school

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What do top gaokao scorers do after university graduation?

Gaokao's top scorers have long been worshipped in China. Known as the zhuangyuan, the highest achiever has been elevated to celebrity status and rewarded with riches and glory. But what would you expect a zhuangyuan to do after their university graduation? Let's take a look at five top scorers from different regions around China.

China's college entrance exam attracts foreign media's attention

The annual national college entrance exam, or gaokao, has come to an end. The test has not only attracted attention in China, but also abroad. Here are some excerpts of foreign media reports.

Shenyang collector gathers 200 gaokao permits

Zhan Hongge, a collector of Shenyang, Liaoning province, has more than 200 gaokao test permits, including some issued during the period of the Republic of China (1912-1949), June 6, 2017.

Gaokao collection dates back to life-changing moment

A man in his 70s may never have thought his connection with the life-changing exam now makes him famous on social media in the age of internet.

Scenes from the most important test in China

Every summer, the gaokao attracts much attention, not just from those sitting the college entrance exam and their family, but members of the broader community as well. The gaokao can produce emotional highs and lows and many mark the event in unique ways.

Machine passes gaokao math test

A smart machine made by a company in Chengdu, Sichuan province, took the math test of the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, on Wednesday.

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