It's that time of year when attendance at our weekend classes drops and we start getting furtive phone messages from students and parents saying that the exams are imminent and all other activities for their child must take a back seat. The GaoKao is the rather more succinct name for the "College and University Entrance Exam" and over 9 million Chinese kids will take it this year. This one week of exams will define whether you can get further education and in which institution. The pressure is intense and episodes of cheating frequently make the papers. Some exam authorities even hover a drone over the exam hall to pick up any illegal mobile phone activity.
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