Wealthy Chinese aim for Ivy League

Wealthy Chinese parents pay as much as $300,000 to prep a child for Ivy League admission, reports the Los Angeles Times. Harvard has the most status.

It was just a week after Chang Shui received her acceptance notice from Harvard that the first book offer came.

A publisher approached her father with a detailed outline for an inside guide to how a Shanghai couple prepared their daughter to compete successfully with the best students from America. Local newspapers weighed in with articles about how Chang’s membership in a dance troupe surely helped. “Magical girl ‘danced’ her way into Harvard,” the Shanghai Evening Post headlined its story.

Chang’s classmates are studying from 7 a.m. to midnightare for the gaokao, or high test, that determines placement in Chinese universities. Getting in is very difficult, but students say they don’t learn much in Chinese universities once they enroll.

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  1. The ?? gaokao has an essay section with prompts that vary from province to province. One prompt is one word long!


  2. The Chinese characters for “gaokao” got turned into “??.” Oops.


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