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Exam centers finalize security preparations

OFFICIALS and teachers across the city have been making their final preparations for this year’s college entrance exam, which will be taken today and tomorrow by about 52,000 local youngsters.

As all electronic devices, including cellphones, are banned from test centers, students will be required to pass through a metal detector prior to entry. As a further security measure, all of the exam rooms are fitted with signal jamming devices and video surveillance systems.

Despite the high security, Shanghai Vice Mayor Weng Tiehui said during an inspection of the Shanghai No. 8 High School — one of the city’s 80 or so official exam venues — that the measures “are not designed to spy on students, but simply to remind them to abide by the rules.”

The exam format involves students sitting four papers over two days. Today they will sit Chinese in the morning and mathematics in the afternoon.

Tomorrow they will sit their choice of politics, history, geography, physics, chemistry or biology in the morning, followed by English in the afternoon.

Outside the venues local people have been asked to respect the occasion and keep the noise down, while police have warned that roads close to the test centers will be blocked and that the honking of horns will be prohibited.

Of the 9.4 million people set to take the exam nationwide, about 75 percent will go on to secure a place at university or college, the Ministry of Education said yesterday.


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