Talk:National Higher Education Entrance Examination

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Sample tests?[edit]

It would be very helpful to have a link to an official sample test, or even better -- a retired actual test, in the way that many standardized tests release old versions for study purposes. I realize the test is in Chinese, but presumably the English and Math sections should be somewhat accessible to non-Chinese speakers.

Also, the format of the test remains unclear -- are these essays? multiple choice questions? short, free-response questions, etc? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 101.228.13.136 (talk) 14:15, 16 April 2013 (UTC)


In a Beijing bookstore I found a bundle with all gaokao questions on history from 1978 to 2010. My Chinese is still on a very low level, but I can already tell that over the years a multitude of formats has been used (with different kinds of questions in the same test as well). There are multiple choice, fill in the blank, open questions etc. To give an impression, these are the opening questions of the 1978 history test. The translation to English is mine and therefore not infallible.

1.我国商朝劳动人民用铜和锡的合金铸造的工具,武器等,成为。。。。器。它标志着生产力发展到了新的水平。 1. The labourers of our country’s Shang Dynasty used tools and weapons that were casted in copper and tin, which are known as…… tools. This symbolizes the coming of a new level in the development of production capability.

2.唐太宗时,吐蕃首领。。。。和。。。。结婚,促进了汉臧两族间的经济文化交流,密切了汉臧两族间的关系。 2. In the time of the great Tang ancestors, Tubo leader……. and ……… got married, which promoted economic and cultural exchanges between the Han and the Tibetans, establishing a relation between these two peoples.

(there's a total of 20 of this kind of fill the blanks, which together make up the first question of a total of five. Yet the test becomes larger in later years.)

I am thinking of starting an article on the Dutch Wikipedia on this subject, for which I am looking for the reference mentioned on the English page:

Guodong Wei, “On the Reform of China’s NCEE since 1977” (PhD diss., Hebei University, 2008).

Who knows where it can be found because I cannot trace it. Cruon (talk) 20:15, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

Percentiles?[edit]

Can anyone provide a rough idea of percentiles and cutoffs for most schools? It would help put scores into perspective. Also, the article doesn't mention the acceptance rates to chinese univerisities- what are they?

No one does percentiles in China. For PKU for instance if they have say 100 slots for Beijingers, they take the top 100 scorers who applied for PKU from Beijing. Percentiles do not matter at all since it varies so much year by year and major by major. Yialanliu (talk) 20:27, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

Article tone needs to be adjusted for NPOV. Also, gao kao should be merged here. --Fang Aili 14:52, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

  • Aili, would you like to elaborate on this? --Roland 10:23, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

To Ashmoo: What kind of source do you expect? Those are a summarization of numerous news and stories and personal experiences. --Roland 10:26, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Can someone put what gao kao is out of? you really don't get a strong grasp of gao kao on this page.

The max score is different for each province. So it is not comparable across provinces. At the same time, each province tests differently so the % don't matter either. Yialanliu (talk) 20:26, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

College --> Higher/Tertiary educaiton[edit]

That's the plain name of the examination, and plus, "college" does not mean higher education in most parts of the English-speaking world outside the United States. There, "college" is more likely to mean secondary colleges than tertiary. --PalaceGuard008 (Talk) 03:37, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Need Citations[edit]

I think a lot of things need citations here as someone else metioned already. If someone could go through this and cite what they wrote or else it's going to be need pruning with new numbers since statistics that should be easy to find (180 PKU admissions for Beijingers, percentages from various provinces in 2010 who got into top ranked colleges), I am not able to find via Google and Google Scholar. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yialanliu (talkcontribs) 20:31, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

文科倾向 and 文综 are not the same. 理科倾向 and 理综 are not the same.[edit]

Social-science-oriented area (文科倾向) includes these four exams:

  1. Chinese literature
  2. Mathematics, social science version (i.e. easy version)
  3. Foreign language (usually English)
  4. "Social science subjects altogether" (文综 , short for 文科综合), including history, politics, and geography

Natural-science-oriented area (理科倾向) includes these four exams:

  1. Chinese literature
  2. Mathematics, natural science version (i.e. difficult version)
  3. Foreign language (usually English)
  4. "Natural science subjects altogether" (理综 , short for 理科综合), including physics, chemistry, and biology

So please be careful the exact English translation. We should translate the full names into English.

P.S. It is interesting that geography is in the "social science subjects altogether" exam, while it is actually natural science.

--Yejianfei (talk) 17:55, 7 July 2016 (UTC)