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Fudan Uni ends pre-admission testing

Fudan University announced yesterday that from next year it will no longer hold a pre-admission examination for would-be students.

The final “Thousand Points Exam,” which tests students’ knowledge of Chinese, mathematics, English, politics, history, geography, physics, chemistry, biology and computing, was taken by 9,000 schoolchildren on Saturday, it said.

From 2015, the university will base its admission decisions on students’ performances in the unified tests they take at high school. These provide a much better picture of their capabilities and achievements over a three-year period, it said.

The “Thousand Points Exam,” which gets its name for the number of points available, was introduced in 2006, with the advent of Fudan’s pre-admission system. The procedural change follows an announcement by the Shanghai Education Commission last September that high school graduates who perform well in their unified tests can bypass university pre-admission exams.

Fudan is the first local university to respond.

Pre-admission tests generally comprise a written examination and an interview, and students have to sit one for each university they want to attend.

As a result, they often neglect their high school tests in favor of spending more time studying for pre-admission. The new rule is designed to improve the university application process and remove some of the pressure, the commission said.

But not everyone is happy with the change. Some students have complained they will now be under pressure for three years, instead of three hours.

Hu Jia, of Xingzhi High School, said the questions in the Fudan test were much more stimulating than those in the unified tests.



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