China’s college entrance examination, known as gaokao, has been the most competitive test for Chinese students. However, it was even more life-changing for youth more than 40 years ago in 1977. That year, China resumed (恢复) this exam after the ten-year-long “cultural revolution”, Xinhua News Agency reported.
More than 5.7 million Chinese people aged from 15 to 36 sat the exam that year, according to CRI. They included high school graduates, farmers and factory workers.
Gaokao changed the lives of many who went on to achieve greatness in different fields. Late novelist Wang Xiaobo and renowned (著名的) director Zhang Yimou took part in the exam around that time. They then entered universities and made their mark.
Since then, with the education system normalized, gaokao has evolved (发展), and opened up China’s education in a number of ways. Now, over 40 years later, the fierce (激烈的) but fair competition still plays an important role in helping students from poor, rural areas to change their lives, according to Xinhua.
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