Despite acing the written portion of China’s grueling road test, a Changsha native mixed up the brake and accelerator, sending her training vehicle crashing straight through a wall seconds into her driving test.
Neither she nor the examiner were hurt in the crash. Furthermore, the school did not even demand compensation for the giant hole that the accident created. However, it did mean that she failed the exam.
The driving school simply put the disaster down as “a lack of experience,” offering the young woman a chance to retake the test later this year.
China’s road test consists of a written and practical portion. The written portion of the exam is full of tricky questions, made up of 100 out of a possible 1,000 questions that students try to memorize beforehand. A score of 90/100 on the written portion is passing.
A sample question for those of you playing at home (Yes or no?):
“If a motorized vehicle driver has caused a major traffic accident in violation of the traffic regulations which has caused human death due to his escaping, the driver is subject to a prison term of 3 years to 7 years.”
The answer is “no.” If you got it wrong, start studying here.
Wei Qi, a Chinese producer who also aced the written portion of the test on her first try remembered, “I kind of forgot everything. If you asked a question now about a traffic rule, I still couldn’t quite answer you.”
While China’s driving test is surely a good test of memory and hard work, much like the infamous Gaokao, China’s college admissions test, acing it does not necessarily indicate that you have all the basics down. Book smarts alone don’t cut it out on the streets.
By Eugenia Xiao
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