Test-taker sits for his 20th time

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Liang Shi, per­haps China’s most fa­mous test-taker, sat the na­tional col­lege en­trance exam, also known as gaokao, for the 20th time this year, the Chengdu Eco­nomic Daily re­ported.

Liang, 49, took the an­nual exam when he was 16, but he did so poorly he was not ac­cepted into any col­lege.

In a sub­se­quent test, he man­aged to get ad­mit­ted to a lo­cal tech­ni­cal school, but dropped out be­cause he felt he could do bet­ter if he re­took the test. He has been try­ing his luck ever since, and this week he sat along­side some 9.4 mil­lion other test-tak­ers.

Liang scored 417 points last year, 28 points less than the ad­mis­sion bench­mark score, with poor per­for­mances in math­e­mat­ics and nat­u­ral sciences. He said his dream course of study was with the math­e­mat­ics de­part­ment of Sichuan Univer­sity.

“This will be my last at­tempt. If I fail again, I will stop tak­ing the exam,” said Liang.

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