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China’s gaokao exams: every question counts

China's toughest exams can determine a teenager's future

By Alec Ash  

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Beijing No. 5 Middle School is a few doors down from my flat in the hutongs, seperated by a public toilet and a mahjong parlour. From my rooftop I can see them play basketball on the outside sports court, and spy into the classrooms that line the south face of the wide, five-storey building, a Pringle tube tower of stairs tacked on one end. I…

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