The Chinese SAT

On Saturday, high school students around the country were taking the SAT.

As hard as that test is, the Chinese have it much worse. For Chinese teenagers, everything was riding on the National College Entrance Exam last week.

The test, which drags on for two days, determines not only where students get to go to school, but what their majors are as well. For instance, a student, who wants to major in software engineering at the MIT of China, would need to score at least 680. In the province of Shandong in 2007, not a single kid scored that high.

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