Students nationwide sit gaokao
Students from eight provincial level regions Hebei, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Fujian, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong and Chongqing will sit for the "newgaokao" this year, marking the third group of pilot regions in China to implement comprehensive reform of the examination.
Zhejiang and Shanghai started the pilot in 2017, and Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong and Hainan followed suit last year.
The reform allows students to have more exam choices up to 12 combinations of subjects, instead of the two choices between liberal arts and science subjects before in accordance with their hobbies, interests and specialty subjects.
The eight regions adopted a"312" program: three compulsory tests, Chinese, math and a foreign language; one quasielective test, a choice between physics and history; and, two elective tests picked from four subjects politics, geography, chemistry and biology.
Fa Xiaolin, a head teacher at a Wuhan high school, said the reform has enabled students to have more of a say in their future and allowed them to think more about their career path at an early age.
Students from rural areas and places that have just been lifted out of severe poverty will continue to enjoy favorable policies when they apply for major universities this year, according to the Ministry of Education.
Special enrollment plans will continue to enable more students from rural and once impoverished areas to go to key universities and colleges, the ministry said in a notice in April.