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Don’t fail the Gaokao

China's annual test for school-leavers lasts three days—and can make or break you

By Yuan Ren  

A Chinese student is greeted by a relative after taking the annual college entrance examinations in Beijing ©Muhammed Muheisen/AP/Press Association Images

Read more: Reinventing the Chinese family 

When Tony Blair said “education, education, education” he could have been describing the mindset of the average Chinese parent. Anyone from a Chinese family, whether living abroad or in China, is likely to tell you a story of growing up with the notion…

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