Planet China

Serial tester

Do you ever have that nightmare where you are struggling with a school exam and about to flunk it? Sichuan’s Liang Shi lives that nightmare, going through it every June as he retakes the college entrance exam, known locally as the gaokao. Liang was sitting the exam once again this year, reports, doing so in Mianyang, having previously failed to pass it and get into college around 30 times. The 49 year-old told Chengdu Business Daily that he’d altered his revision techniques this year, but had taken the decision that 2016 will be his final gaokao attempt. Nicknamed by netizens the ‘number one gaokao holdout’ Liang is widely admired for his humour and persistence, though less so for his exam technique. Last year he got reasonably close, scoring 417 points, or 28 short of what he needed to study a science course. This year he spent a month in advance of the test studying at the Nanshan Experimental School, and says his ideal outcome would be to win a place at Sichuan University to study mathematics.

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