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The Chinese gaokao, the university entrance exam, is a right of passage in China. Although the test includes different weighting to help ethnic minority groups and universities have quotas for students, the wide variation in quality of public education means that students approach the test with equally varied levels of preparedness. Consequently, the gaokao may perpetuate some of the differences between urban and rural China rather than serving as a great equalizer. This documentary “农家高考” explores the challenges for rural students.

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