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Jiao Tong University unveils pre-admission plan for high school seniors

SHANGHAI Jiao Tong University today announced a new pre-admission plan for senior high school students who will graduate next year, providing an alternative for students as part of the China’s ongoing reform of the college admissions system.

Eligible applicants for the Zhiyuan Plan, which means to achieve a long-term goal, are those recommended by principals of selected high schools nationwide. Students also can apply if they have won prizes at national high school student competitions such as in mathematics, physics and chemistry; national innovation contests; and international science, engineering and environmental scientific research contests.

The plan is open to high school students from all over the country. The pre-admission test includes an interview and a group discussion, according to Zheng Yihui, executive director of the school’s admissions office.

Xu Xuemin, vice president of the university, said students don’t need to prepare for the test — what they must do is to show their abilities and potential naturally.

Students who pass the test can receive an additional 10 points added to the total score of their college entrance exam. This enables them to choose a better major if they reach the minimum admission score of Jiao Tong University in their province and city. If the students pass the test but their college exam score doesn’t reach the minimum, some of them can also be admitted on the condition that they are willing to switch to another major.

Zheng said students who fail the Zhiyuan Plan can also attend other pre-admission tests held by the university, which has at least three kinds of pre-admission tests catering to students with different specialties.

Xu said Shanghai Jiao Tong University is exploring diversified kinds of pre-admission tests so as to provide multiple channels for elite students to enter the school and to implement reform of the traditional Chinese admissions system, which focuses mostly on test scores.


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