The 2015 National College Entrance Examination, otherwise known as the gaokao, kicks off today for millions of Chinese teenagers.
Across the country, students are taking the examination which will determine whether or not they make it into their university of choice and play a huge role influencing their future career prospects.
This year’s set of examinations takes place on June 6 and 7 (that’s right, they have to sit the exam on their weekend). 9.42 million people are registered to sit the exam this year.
Gaokao candidates are photographed reviewing some notes just before heading into the exam room.
A high school student takes photos with her family prior to sitting the exam.
A mother hugs her son for good luck in Beijing.
Students go through a security check before the exam.
A student runs into the exam room at a Hangzhou middle school.
A teacher hands out students’ test permits for the gaokao.
In Hubei students cheer each other on for the upcoming exam.
Students in Anhui wish themselves good luck.
Students in Jiangsu wait in line before a test center opens.
Security guards are dispatched to stand guard in front of an exam center in Hubei.
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By Lucy Liu
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