Nicola Davison is a British freelance writer and editor based in London.
Posts tagged "Gaokao"
Revealed: the extreme revision measures taken by Chinese university hopefuls

Revealed: the extreme revision measures taken by Chinese university hopefuls

Every day during her final year, 17-year-old Shi Wan woke at 5.30am to an alarm booming through the dormitory at Hengshui High School. Shi would fold her quilt, grab her notebooks and race outside for the mandatory 5.40am run. On good days she got to the track at 5.34am, leaving six minutes to recite a...
Testing times

Testing times

SHANGHAI — At the gates of Shanghai Beijiao Middle School on the morning of the¬†gaokao, students thumb their textbooks frantically. The number sitting China’s notoriously tough university-entrance exam each year is falling (6,000 fewer students¬†took the exam in Shanghai this year; an effect of the one-child policy). But the atmosphere is as panicked as ever....