By Katie Nelson
Image credit: James Griffiths
Students taking an admissions exam for the South China University of Technology (SCUT) were confronted with some rather bizarre questions. How bizarre you ask? One student burst into tears on the spot.
One of the questions given in the exam explained how a businessman sold an axe to former US president George W Bush, and asked candidates to hypothesise how one might resell said axe to China’s current president Xi Jinping.
Another question asked participants if they were happy, to which one
suck-up student replied, “Having the opportunity to take this test here at SCUT is real happiness to me”.
Students were reportedly taken aback and embarrassed by many of the questions sprung on them by examiners.
An examiner asked one girl to recount the last time she cried, causing her to burst into tears on the spot. Ingenious!
Those who pass the test – whatever the bar for “passing” is – receive five to 10 points toward their gaokao score.
The gaokao, China’s national university entrance exam, is reportedly one of the most difficult admissions tests in the world. According to the BBC:
During the two days of exams, China is gripped by ‘Gaokao fever’, with roads closed and construction sites falling silent to avoid distracting the students.
Despite SCUT’s strange questions, the gaokao itself is taken very seriously. Last year, a teacher in Hunan was reportedly sentenced to a year in prison after ringing the bell to end the exam five minutes early.