[Edling] What Students in China Have Taught Me About U.S. College Admissions

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Wed Jan 7 12:32:25 UTC 2015

The Atlantic

What Students in China Have Taught Me About U.S. College Admissions

At first glance, China’s almost maniacal focus on one test seems to be the ideal cautionary tale for American critics of standardized testing. However, when one hears first-hand from Chinese high school students about the gaokao, it is difficult to imagine the U.S. educational system—with all of the ways that high school students can develop their individual talents—ever approaching that of China’s harsh, one-test-means-all approach for the almost 10 million students who take the gaokao each year...It is within this context that more and more Chinese students, particularly those with the financial means to do so, are now turning to U.S. colleges. Cramming is cramming, so the shift to preparing for the SAT — the “American gaokao,” as students in China call it — and the TOEFL is a relatively easy one to make.

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