Thursday, about 590,000 students will take the nine-hour test, which consists mostly of multiple-choice questions. Around 6 p.m., when the test is over, evening newspapers publish the questions and answers. Students who fare poorly can try again next year.
These types of exams certainly dictate how we teach and how the students learn, that's for sure, and is one of the harder aspects of the culture for me to swallow. And unfortunately over the next few weeks we'll be reading about all the student suicides that happened as a result of poor performances. One of the saddest last year came out of Changwon, as twin sisters jumped from an apartment building.