Get me to the exam hall on time

South Korea is brought to a standstill as high school students take the grueling eight-hour college entrance exam which could make or break their careers.
Policemen in Seoul giving a lift to a student taking a crucial college entrance examination yesterday. About 606,000 students in South Korea took the high-stakes annual examination that could earn them a place in one of the elite colleges seen as key
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Policemen in Seoul giving a lift to a student taking a crucial college entrance examination yesterday.

About 606,000 students in South Korea took the high-stakes annual examination that could earn them a place in one of the elite colleges seen as key to their future career and even marriage prospects.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 18, 2016, with the headline 'Get me to the exam hall on time'. Print Edition | Subscribe