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(Yahoo)   If you have to take an entrance exam for the 26th time in 40 years to get into your dream school, maybe you should just admit that it's just a dream and move on   (yahoo.com) divider line
    More: Asinine, Chengdu, Sichuan, Yunnan, 55-year-old Liang Shi, entrance exam, Asian family, Chongqing, Sichuan Normal University  
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2268 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 May 2022 at 3:30 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-17 1:07:00 AM  
That's just bad for your mental health, you should never do anything like that in my opinion.
 
2022-05-17 3:33:10 AM  
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2022-05-17 3:43:50 AM  

Lambskincoat: That's just bad for your mental health, you should never do anything like that in my opinion.


At this point I'd be worried that if he finally passed he'd have a heart attack or stroke out from the shock
 
2022-05-17 3:46:15 AM  
Poor guy. Says he will keep trying until it is obviously unattainable, a good 30 years after that was likely obvious.

Maybe he will get lucky after switching majors to avoid the science test, but his score last year wasn't too close to getting in. If you've had 20 years to study a similar curriculum but can't keep up with people that haven't even been alive that long, pure grit is not likely to be enough in the future.
 
2022-05-17 3:47:17 AM  
And love hina pops in my brain.
 
2022-05-17 4:05:14 AM  
Good for him.  Why not?
 
2022-05-17 4:15:38 AM  

dyhchong: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 545x420]


Done in two. Thank you, smeghead.
 
2022-05-17 4:36:40 AM  
"And I am having no trouble learning history and geography so far," Liang said...

Um...yes.  Yes you are.
 
2022-05-17 4:49:00 AM  

dyhchong: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 545x420]


Bronze AND Silver Swimming Certificates.
 
2022-05-17 4:57:38 AM  
"I will continue to take the gaokao until it becomes obvious that my dream cannot be realized," Liang said.

Is the obvious tag one of the Great Firewall's many victims?
 
2022-05-17 5:04:44 AM  
Each to their own. Hope he doesn't make a morbid follow-up in 5 years.
 
2022-05-17 5:29:52 AM  
I have a colleague taking the Bar Exam for the 4th time in 2 years and I feel so bad for him, especially since it comes out to about $3000 every time he does it
 
2022-05-17 5:32:25 AM  
There are plenty of other universities in Sichuan with lower required scores. He should try for one of them.
 
2022-05-17 5:37:54 AM  
Okay farkers, here are some sample questions for you...

https://www.businessinsider.com/sample-questions-from-chinas-gaokao-one-of-worlds-toughest-tests-2018-6

/I hope there's something lost in translation because this shiat is bonkers
 
2022-05-17 5:42:26 AM  

delysid25: I have a colleague taking the Bar Exam for the 4th time in 2 years and I feel so bad for him, especially since it comes out to about $3000 every time he does it


Imagine how his future clients are going to feel.
 
2022-05-17 6:12:07 AM  
As somebody who spent ten years having my applications to study at university be rejected time and time again, including being rejected by both the second-best (I applied on a lark * shrugs *) and the second-worst universities in my country, yet who still (stupidly) holds out hope of one day studying, I can kind of sympathise...

/ Although my original motivation for wanting to study was, admittedly, f#ckin" awful
 
2022-05-17 6:27:08 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Okay farkers, here are some sample questions for you...

https://www.businessinsider.com/sample-questions-from-chinas-gaokao-one-of-worlds-toughest-tests-2018-6

/I hope there's something lost in translation because this shiat is bonkers


Jeebus.
 
2022-05-17 6:42:08 AM  
I genuinely feel bad for the guy. I was hoping the article ended with a description of his tears of joy at finally passing.

At this point, for him, it's a personal milestone, not an actual path to a career. I hope he keeps trying and passes one day.

跛鼈千里: "Even a crippled tortoise can travel a thousand leagues"
 
2022-05-17 6:46:50 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Okay farkers, here are some sample questions for you...

https://www.businessinsider.com/sample-questions-from-chinas-gaokao-one-of-worlds-toughest-tests-2018-6

/I hope there's something lost in translation because this shiat is bonkers


"Rincewind picked up a spare paper and read it.

It was headed:
Examination for the post of Assistant Night-Soil Operative for the District of W'ung.

He read question one. It required candidates to write a sixteen-line poem on evening mist over the reed beds.
Question two seemed to be about the use of metaphor in some book Rincewind had never heard of.
Then there was a question about music...

Rincewind turned the paper over a couple of times. There didn't seem to be any mention, anywhere, of words like '
compost' or 'bucket' or 'wheelbarrow'. But presumably all this produced a better class of person than the Ankh-Morpork system, which asked just one question: "Got your own shovel, have you?""
Interesting Times, Terry Pratchett

/ [urinating dog][urinating dog][urinating dog]
 
2022-05-17 7:33:37 AM  
In before someone says everyone deserves to go to college.
 
2022-05-17 7:47:05 AM  
Smegging Test
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2022-05-17 7:47:46 AM  
constantly fails the exam?
Constantly Fails Exam - Rimmer - Red Dwarf
Youtube Le1ajH32U-k
 
2022-05-17 8:36:37 AM  
You're free to do you, but this is less "triumph of a human spirit" and more of "a cry for help"
 
2022-05-17 10:08:40 AM  
"The containers for milk are always square boxes, containers for mineral water are always round bottles, and round wine bottle are usually placed in square boxes. Write an essay on the subtle philosophy of the round and square."

Who comes up with questions like this? This feels like it's designed purposefully to be confusing.
 
2022-05-17 10:10:37 AM  
FTFA: Liang currently owns a building materials company in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

He's already successful. So if this is how he wants to pass his time I say go for it. He's not hurting anyone. Unlike the Chinese government.
 
2022-05-17 10:25:59 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Okay farkers, here are some sample questions for you...

https://www.businessinsider.com/sample-questions-from-chinas-gaokao-one-of-worlds-toughest-tests-2018-6

/I hope there's something lost in translation because this shiat is bonkers


Some of them are technical (sampling methods, probability and algebraic equation systems), but wind currents in Arabian Sea should be part of basic world geography. Why interest is charged for banks is not difficult, and the art question is just being able to unpack and restate Xi Jingping's premises from his statement.

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If you grow up in Chinese education, you should be able to pick between the top disciples. Unless you are allowed to go to Mencius or Chou Tun-i or Chu Hsi or one of those successors.


/then again I do have a PhD in the Humanities, so maybe I'm not the best person to assess these questions relative to the general Farkistan population
 
2022-05-17 10:32:40 AM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: "The containers for milk are always square boxes, containers for mineral water are always round bottles, and round wine bottle are usually placed in square boxes. Write an essay on the subtle philosophy of the round and square."

Who comes up with questions like this? This feels like it's designed purposefully to be confusing.


This would not be an unusual question for those expected to have a background in classical Chinese philosophy. Circles, squares and other shapes are coded to various forms and benefits in nature. The big practical question is what benefits are accrued by moving from glass round bottles for milk to rectangular paperboard packages, as the US did awhile back.  A packaging major should be able to say something about that
 
2022-05-17 10:52:51 AM  
He owns a building supply company... In China... Assuming he's offering non-Chinesium product, it's no wonder the guy wants to go back to school.

/Why use wood when rolled up cardboard is cheaper?
 
2022-05-17 11:20:56 AM  

Somacandra: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: "The containers for milk are always square boxes, containers for mineral water are always round bottles, and round wine bottle are usually placed in square boxes. Write an essay on the subtle philosophy of the round and square."

Who comes up with questions like this? This feels like it's designed purposefully to be confusing.

This would not be an unusual question for those expected to have a background in classical Chinese philosophy. Circles, squares and other shapes are coded to various forms and benefits in nature. The big practical question is what benefits are accrued by moving from glass round bottles for milk to rectangular paperboard packages, as the US did awhile back.  A packaging major should be able to say something about that


Round and square really is a big piece of traditional Chinese thought.  Heaven was considered round, earth was square, and it propagated on down from there.  While it's still a, "FFS heavy classical philosophy formalist questions, seriously?!" stuff, it's not at all out of line knowledge-wise for someone versed in said thought at a university level.  Now combined with the difficulty and necessary response length for the other questions it's insane - but taken as an individual question it's not nuts for the culture and the level of the test in it
 
2022-05-17 2:03:41 PM  
I used to teach at a university in China, and looking at the example questions, I really think that the hundreds of millions of Chinese people living in rural areas will be at a disadvantage. My students went to schools in small, remote villages (for the most part), and there is no way they would have been prepared to answer some of these questions. The schools seemed to do a good job with math and with Chinese culture, but for example I had students who had never seen a map before. The sophistication the example questions required just wasn't there.
 
2022-05-17 8:20:20 PM  

bababa: I used to teach at a university in China, and looking at the example questions, I really think that the hundreds of millions of Chinese people living in rural areas will be at a disadvantage. My students went to schools in small, remote villages (for the most part), and there is no way they would have been prepared to answer some of these questions. The schools seemed to do a good job with math and with Chinese culture, but for example I had students who had never seen a map before. The sophistication the example questions required just wasn't there.


Personal belief, no backing or anything, but looking at examples I see a modern edition of the historical bureaucratic entrance exams.  And those were very definitely slanted toward the educated children of the upper class types.  The whole gentleman of leisure that does nothing but study the hell out of every aspect of culture/science/everything else sorta like the old European Renaissance scholars thing.  A dilettante basically, because they didn't generally have to bust their asses to keep themselves alive - their needs are already covered - they just flit around all the subjects (expect often the real world useful ones.)  It's an interesting goal and all, but it seems a little disconnected now, just like it did even back in the day.  We've got records and such with ancient Chinese (and Japanese since their bureaucracy was patterned on it) complaining about too many position-holders that could compose a lovely poem on the flutter of falling blossoms in Autumn, but were absolutely the fark useless when it came to getting anything done.  The cultural and artistic arcana were the performative signs of an educated person of the time - and a very purposeful bar to keep 99% of the regular schmoes out of the game.  Seems they still are.  China, the more things change...

/not to be construed as, "Ha they're so dumb/weird/whatever"
//we've got more than enough of our own problems like that
///it's just a uniquely Chinese iteration of gatekeeping positions of power is all
 
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