高考 College Entrance Examination
The College Entrance Examination, or commonly known as Gaokao, is an academic examination held annually in the mainland of our country. This examination is a prerequisite for entrance into almost all higher education institutions at the undergraduate level. It is usually taken by students in their last year of senior school, although there have been no age restrictions since 2001.
College Entrance Examination is one of the biggest events in China, because it may change millions of students and families' lives. The number of participants reached its peak to 10.5 millions in 2008 and this year, the numbers drop to 9.15 millions. Study abroad and employment pressure are the two main reasons of the decrease. In China, there are hot discussions about this exam. People think that it's unfair to determine one's faith just by an exam, while others think that under the current circumstance, there are no other better ways. After year after year's try, some universities and colleges find more ways to recruit, and independent recruitment is the most popular. However, no matter how it will change in the future, workinghard is the key to get success in study.