Undergraduates may face tougher exam papers when taking the National College English Test, a prerequisite for people applying for higher education and entering the job market.
The National College English Test is a biannual test that determines the English proficiency of undergraduate students across China.
The new tests will ask students to translate a passage about Chinese history, culture, or economic and social development with 140 to 200 Chinese characters, into English within 30 minutes.
Zhao Jiankun, a teacher from New Oriental Education and Technology Group, says that the changes for the dictation and the reading tests will place more importance on vocabulary and comprehensive ability.
A total of 9.38 million students took part in December 2012, according to the Ministry of Education.
Hu Yonghua, an English teacher with Capital Normal University, said the new National College English Test is more practical and more difficult, a nice bit of irony given that the Ministry of Education is considering abolishing English lessons for elementary school children.
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