If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. But what if you try 19 times and still don’t succeed?
Well, what’s one more? That’s the positive attitude that Liang Shi, a 49-year-old man from Sichuan, is taking for his 20th attempt to pass the gaokao.
He first took the national college entrance exam when he was just 16 years old, and did so poorly on it that he wasn’t accepted into any college. Things haven’t been much better since then. He did manage to get admitted into a local technical school, but dropped out, feeling like he could do better, Chengdu Economic Daily reports.
Unfortunately for Liang, that hasn’t happened yet. He only managed 417 points last year, 28 points fewer than he needed. He still needs to work on his math and science, especially if he hopes to fulfill his dream of enrolling at the mathematics department of Sichuan University.
Liang says that no matter what, this was his last attempt. If he fails, then he’s not taking it again.
We just hope that all that pressure didn’t compel Liang to finally cheat on the exam.
In case you are curious, China abolished its age limit for the gaokao in 2001, which was good news for one 86-year-old man from Nanjing, who took the exam for the 15th time last year.
[Images via Chengdu Economic Daily]