Summer is almost here. I can tell because of the rising temperatures and the sudden urgency of my students over syllabus and exams. Students who were mediocre all year are now trying, by any means necessary, to bring their grades up in order to pass the TOEFL or the SAT. This is nothing compared to those trying to pass the Gaokao, China’s domestic high school exam, however. Here’s why I think this test makes little sense to foreign teachers in China.

As I work at an international high school, my students don’t have to worry about passing the notoriously grueling and unforgiving Gaokao test like the rest of China’s teens. Inst... Read More>>