SPECIAL NOTE: Sorry to be so cynical about this special report about Gaokao students from China. When I first arrived at the campus in China as a visiting professor, I soon discovered many many students could not speak decent English with me, despite the fact English is being taught in China from Grade 3 (elementary) through Junior through High through College! I soon talked to many students because I was interested to write a book (my 6th book) about THIS IS CHINA, to educate my American friends and colleagues and citizens about the rise of China to be the next economic dragon or superpower in the world! And I heard many reasons or rationales about why many Chinese students could not speak the English fluently or well: 1. Why would I speak English, I am a Chinese and all my friends around me are Chinese; 2. I am not going anywhere in the world, I am not playing to live overseas; 3. I have no plans to study overseas. ETC ETC ETC. Within a few months, I soon discovered who were the students who could speak some English, not fluent or perfect English: these are the students in science, and why? Because they told me they are interested to do research overseas. Yes, as the report says, only those who could not MEET the high standards of certain Chinese universities would apply to study overseas! That should ring a bell…those who failed to meet the high requirements of certain universities in China. And here is the joke I heard many times from my students who majored in English: “I am asked to study English because the university could not give me what I wanted as my first choice to enter this school. So they would just throw most of us to the English Department”. Yes, another fact, many English majors would change their major while going through the 4 years in college, because they suddenly were told or realised that English Major students had great difficulty finding jobs in China. And more recently, a few top universities in China have decided not use Gaokao for admission, why? Because some top students, good in science, could not be admitted because they did not do well in the English part of the Gaokao. So without the full blessing of the Ministry of Education in China, these universities to write their own Admission Tests to encourage more science students to attend the universities. How sad can you get? I spent 7 years as a visiting professor in China and the worst part is that many Gaokao tests DO NOT REQUIRE ORAL ENGLISH, AS PART OF THEIR TEST! WAKE UP AMERICA! But many American universities are desperate for foreign money because costs of college education are going up and up every year, and foreign students from China bring lots of money for the schools…and American universities, hungry for Chinese money, are willing to make many compromises! Sad but true. I am Chinese, and I am also an American and I am very aware of what is going on in China and in USA. I spent 3 years to write my book THIS IS CHINA, no available at Amazon.com Steve, USA, September 25, 2018 Stephenehling@hotmail, com Blog: https://getting2knowyou-china.com WeChat 1962816801
Two more US universities accept gaokao
By Zou Shuo | China Daily | Updated: 2018-09-25
Two more universities in the United States have begun accepting scores from China’s national college entrance exam, or gaokao, as entry criteria to attract more Chinese students.
Adelphi University, a private school in New York, and Louisiana State University said recently that they would use gaokao scores alone to admit Chinese students – meaning they no longer need to take the SAT or ACT tests or submit their score in the TOEFL, an internationally recognized English proficiency test.
Still, Chinese students must demonstrate English skills. While they can apply for Adelphi’s international program and LSU’s global program immediately, they must complete eight weeks of English-language courses, starting in October. After that, they can start their first year at one of the universities in January.
The two universities also offer scholarships to Chinese students, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on their gaokao score.
Since 2015, US universities have increasingly accepted gaokao scores as part of the application process for Chinese students, but they still require either a minimum English proficiency test score or, in the case of University of San Francisco, to pass an interview.
Shawn O’Riley, dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies at Adelphi, said accepting gaokao scores for admission is something the university worked hard to implement.
Removing even small barriers from the admissions process will help the university recruit top students from China and give those students access to a program designed specifically with them in mind, he said.
“Chinese students at the university have achieved better grades than their US counterparts, and that’s why we prefer students from China,” he said. “We have around 300 Chinese students and plan to significantly increase the number.”
Todd Ellwein, managing director of LSU’s global program, said students who achieve high scores in the gaokao are not only the best students in China but also the world.
The gaokao is a good way of selecting talent, and a high score in the exam is proof of good basic knowledge, perseverance, patience and a strong ability to deal with high pressure and compete with others, he said. “The Chinese students who come to LSU are extremely well prepared for university. They are very talented students.”
Shi Yan of Chivast Education International, a consultancy in Beijing, said many universities in Hong Kong, Europe, Australia and Canada, including the prestigious University of Toronto, already recognize the gaokao as an admission criterion.
Accepting gaokao scores in the admissions process will help US universities tap into a group of students who did not score high enough to get into their first-choice college in China, Shi said.
Given the fierce competition for university slots in China, studying in the US can be a good alternative, and the study experience in the US can improve a student’s resume, as it demonstrates that they have good intercultural understanding and a strong command of English, she said.