South Korea's 'fuss' over college entrance exam

Nineteen-year-old Kim Seo-yeon is one of the 595,000 students who registered for the national university entrance exam on Nov 15, 2018.
Nineteen-year-old Kim Seo-yeon is one of the 595,000 students who registered for the national university entrance exam on Nov 15, 2018.ST PHOTO: DAMI SHIN
A student arriving at Ewha Girls' High School in Seoul for the national university entrance exam on Nov 15, 2018, escorted there by a motorbike that is one of hundreds of emergency vehicles dispatched on the roads to help ferry students running late.
A student arriving at Ewha Girls' High School in Seoul for the national university entrance exam on Nov 15, 2018, escorted there by a motorbike that is one of hundreds of emergency vehicles dispatched on the roads to help ferry students running late. There is a white sign in front of the bike that indicates that it can help students get to the exam site.ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON
Dozens of high school students gathered outside Ewha Girls' High School in Seoul holding banners and placards to cheer for their seniors taking the national university entrance exam on Nov 15, 2018. The banner reads: Seniors, give it your all!
Dozens of high school students gathered outside Ewha Girls' High School in Seoul holding banners and placards to cheer for their seniors taking the national university entrance exam on Nov 15, 2018. The banner reads: Seniors, give it your all!ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON

Country spares no effort to make it as smooth as possible for exam-takers

Boisterous cheers and singing broke the morning calm, as South Korean high school students taking the annual college entrance exam arrived at designated locations to see their juniors holding up banners and placards to spur them on.

In what is dubbed an "annual fuss", over half a million students sat this year's College Scholastic Ability Test yesterday at 1,190 locations - mostly high schools - around the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2018, with the headline 'S. Korea's 'fuss' over college entrance exam'. Print Edition | Subscribe