Thursday, November 07, 2013

So this is what I learned this week from Michelle. So this is the SAT in Korea. Very different than from here.

The annual college entrance exam was held on Thursday in education-obsessed South Korea, with the morning rush hour being rescheduled and early-morning planes being grounded.

All was to ensure that test-takers have the best possible chance to do well on the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) given once a year.

This year, a total of 650,747 high school students and graduates headed to 1,257 test sites nationwide to take the exam believed to determine their course of life and future professions.

The score a student earns on the exam is a key decider of college entrance. In South Korean society, attendance at a prestigious school is crucial in obtaining a successful job.

Under government orders, many businesses and the stock market opened one hour later than usual to alleviate the traffic for students on their way to the test site.

Buses and subway trains extended their rush hour services to help all exam-takers arrive on time. Airplanes were banned to land or take off at local airports during the listening portions of the test as part of the noise control measures, and traffic was restricted within 200 meters of each of the test centers.

The exam consists of five sections, including Korean language, mathematics, English, social and natural sciences and a second foreign language.

The test, which started at 8:40 a.m., will go through 5 p.m., including lunch and break times.

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