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November 11, 2009

College Entrance Exam

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 7:08 am



An acquaintance is someone who you have met and know slightly, but not well.


Taffy is a sticky sweet that you chew. It is made by boiling sugar and butter together with water

3. gadget

A gadget is a small machine or device which does something useful


Superstition is belief in things that are not real or possible, for example magic.

College Entrance Exam

Thursday was the big exam day for some 600,000 Korean high school students all looking to enter college or universities. On that day, you can usually experience: cold weather, serious traffic jams, cheering people, and parents that pray for students.
The students heading into designated schools are about to face the most important test of their lives. How well they do on it will decide whether they gain admission to one of the country’s top colleges. It is crucial because getting into a top university remains for many their sole ticket to a successful career in Korea.[1]
The five-section exam, administered by the Korea Institute of Curriculum and Examination, tests students’ ability in Korean, math, English, social studies and foreign languages or Chinese characters
They were banned from carrying any electronic gadgets, including cellular phones and MP3 players, that could be used for cheating.
Government workers and employees of public firms were told to arrive at work by 10 a.m., one hour later than usual, to help relieve morning traffic that could cause students to be late for the test. Anti-noise measures were imposed on the military to further ensure there would be no distractions.[2]
Students’ acquaintances are usually present to help them triumph. They use some superstitious methods. For instance, the give them fork, ax model, chocolate, taffy, and toilet rolls.






1. How did you feel when you took the exam?
2. Did you get presents from your acquaintances?
If so, what kind?
3. Going to university depends on this one exam’s result. What do you think?
4. Are there different ways to go university other than by taking exam?
5. What do you think about the fact that some get bad results commit suicide?

Class 32, Group 4:



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