There’s always some Chinese kid who is better than you… or is there?
Recently, a 9-year-old girl named Zhang Yiwen from Shangqiu city in Henan province has sparked a discussion on Chinese social media with her gaokao score of 172.
According to her results, Zhang got 46 for Chinese, 31 for math, 37 for English and 58 on the rest, giving her a total of 172 points on her first try at the notoriously difficult test. In Henan, the highest possible score is 750.
Yiwen’s father, Zhang Mintao, told reporters that he himself had spent only 8 years to finish 12 years of school, before being successfully admitted into the prestigious Peking University, where he obtained his master’s degree and PhD in just five years. He said that he and his wife began teaching Yiwen when his daughter was just 4 years old. After her first year, she could recognize 2,000 Chinese characters.
At the moment, Yiwen is nearly finished with learning both Chinese and English high school courses, as well as middle school level math, physics and chemistry. She has been called a “genius” after people found out that she took the gaokao at only 9 years old.
Yiwen’s feat has become a hot topic on Weibo, some are impressed, others less so:
“She is a genius indeed!” one netizen wrote.
“Only 172, how could she have the nerve to call herself a “‘child prodigy,'” another netizen replied.
“WOW, I don’t think I could do the same with my daughter. I just hope that she lives a happy life,” another sighed.
“Well, probably her father just wanted to promote his own school. After all, you can see the advertisement on their t-shirts. However, there’s really nothing to boast about since Yiwen got less than 200 out of 750,” suggested one web user.
Yiwen isn’t the only “child prodigy” to have taken on the gaokao. Only a few days ago, another 12-year-old girl genius blew people’s minds by getting admitted to college before she even graduated primary school. And last year, a 14-year-old girl received an incredible 677 score on her gaokao and was immediately accepted into Shanghai’s Fudan University.
Yiwen is going to try the gaokao again next year. We expect great things.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via ChinaNews]