Students take their English examination in a massive exam hall at Dongguan University of Technology, in south China's Guangdong province, on July 9, 2007. To prevent cheating and fraud, the 1,200 students take their test in the same hall.
Testing in China is a serious ordeal, especially when it comes time for the nine-hour college entrance exams. The New York Times reports that entry exams become "an obsession" for students and their families. In southwestern China, "Students studied in a hospital, hooked up to oxygen containers, in hopes of improving their concentration. Some girls take contraceptives so they will not get their periods during the exam. Some well-off parents dangle the promise of fabulous rewards for offspring whose scores get them into a top-ranked university: parties, 100,000 renminbi in cash, or about $14,600, or better."
(Photo: China Daily/Reuters)