The gaokao is China's notoriously tough entrance exam, that can also get you into western universities - check out its punishing questions
- China's version of the American SAT and British A-level exams takes place in June every year.
- It's called the gaokao, and is known as one of the toughest exams in the world.
- Lots of western universities now take Chinese students based on their gaokao scores, rather than other standardized tests.
- Scroll down to see past questions.
The US, Europe, Australia, and Canada may see an influx of Chinese students in the coming years as more and more universities admit them based on China's notoriously tough national standardized test.
Earlier this month the University of New Hampshire became the first US state university to accept students based on their scores their scores in the gaokao, China's amped up version of the US SAT or British A-level exams.Australia's University of Sydney, Canada's University of Toronto, Italy's Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze and some private US institutions also accept it.
The gaokao - which means "high exam" in Chinese - takes place over two days in June across the country every year. More than 9.7 million people across the country took it this year, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The subjects on the test vary by region but typically include the Chinese language, mathematics, and a foreign language (typically English), Xinhua said.
The hardest questions are the essays - which can range from the student's views on philosophy, history, the environment, and President Xi Jinping's policies.