English examination asks students to write on yielding seats, drunk driving
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Yielding one's seat was the main topic for the English examination of this year's General Scholastic Ability Test.
January 29, 2013, 12:38 am TWN
Many current affairs were included in the English examination including drunk driving, housing prices, space trash and Indian culture.
For the English essay examination this year, students had to write an essay describing an open-ended comic strip about a subway passenger occupying a priority seat.
A language schoolteacher said that the main topic for the English essay seemed easy, but it will be difficult for students to receive high scores.
“Students should write the essay based on the idea of karma,” said the teacher.
Many students said that the main topic for the essay was very interesting and easy to elaborate on.
“I used basic English words and phrases to write my essay,” a female high school junior said, “but I believe it will be fine as long as the grading teachers can understand my story.”
The General Scholastic Ability Test is one of the three national college entrance examinations that take place every year to test high school students' abilities to enter colleges. Chinese, mathematics, English, social science and science are the five subjects included in the test.
Preparation for Norovirus Patients
Eleven students affected with norovirus participated the General Scholastic Ability Test held on Jan. 27 and 28, the College Entrance Examination Center (CEEC) announced yesterday.
The CEEC said that there were also 12 students who had symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea during the two-day examinations. A total of 22 backup examination rooms were used.
The CEEC prepared backup examination rooms, vomit bags, and masks as preparations for a widespread outbreak of norovirus in recent months for the two-day college entrance examination.
According to the CEEC, unexpected situations took place at six examination areas and some examination rooms extended testing times ranging from 10 seconds to 15 minutes.
The CEEC said that the 11 students who were affected with norovirus and the 12 students who had symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea were mostly transferred to the backup examination rooms. Only one student was brought home by parents.
A disabled student was shocked by the sudden closure of the examination room's door, according to the CEEC, which resulted in a 15 minutes extended examination times.
The CEEC said that so far there have been no severe violations during the two-day examination. If any students participating in the examination think that their rights were affected by any incidents, they can file written appeals within 10 days after the incidents took place, said the CEEC.
According to the CEEC, there were 150,000 students registered for the General Scholastic Ability Test this year.
Six students jump for a photo to celebrate the end of General Scholastic Ability Test, yesterday. There were 150,000 students registered for the General Scholastic Ability Test ...