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Putting his love to the test: Boyfriend, 20, caught dressing up as his 17-year-old girlfriend so he can take her exams A boyfriend scored extra points with his 17-year-old girlfriend by dressing up as her to take an end-of-year exam in her place. Ayan Zhademov, 20, of Kazakhstan, was desperate to help his girlfriend when she told him how worried she was about an upcoming exam. After failing to calm her pre-test nerves, he hatched a mad plan to impersonate her in the exam room. The girl, who has not been named, was preparing to take her Unified National Testing, an exam in Kazakhstan which school students must do to gain a place at university. Source: Dailymail Website
Could You Pass the English Test on Japan’s National College Exam? Students seeking to enroll in Japanese universities took a two-day national standardized test this weekend at 690 locations across the country. In the English section, the applicants were tested on their reading comprehension, grammar and listening skills. All questions were multiple-choice. Yoyogi Seminar, one of Japan’s biggest “cram school” operators, said on its website that the difficulty of this year’s English test was about average. So how would a native English speaker fare? Here are some questions from the test; to check out the entire English portion of the exam, visit Mainichi Shimbun’s website here. Source: Wsj Website
Harvard Faces Admissions Bias Complaint From Asian-Americans A coalition of more than 60 Asian-American groups filed a federal discrimination complaint against Harvard University, claiming racial bias in undergraduate admissions. Asian-American students with almost perfect college entrance-exam scores, top 1 percent grade-point averages, academic awards and leadership positions are more likely to be rejected than similar applicants of other races, according to their administrative complaint, filed Friday with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. Harvard denies any discrimination. Source: Bloomberg Website
The Coddling of the American Mind Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. Last December, Jeannie Suk wrote in an online article for The New Yorker about law students asking her fellow professors at Harvard not to teach rape law—or, in one case, even use the word violate (as in “that violates the law”) lest it cause students distress. In February, Laura Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern University, wrote an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education describing a new campus politics of sexual paranoia—and was then subjected to a long investigation after students who were offended by the article and by a tweet she’d sent filed Title IX complaints against her. In June, a professor protecting himself with a pseudonym wrote an essay for Vox describing how gingerly he now has to teach. “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me,” the headline said. A number of popular comedians, including Chris Rock, have stopped performing on college campuses (see Caitlin Flanagan’s article in this month’s issue). Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Maher have publicly condemned the oversensitivity of college students, saying too many of them can’t take a joke. Source: Theatlantic Website
Chinese mathematics whiz with cerebral palsy trumps college entrance exam A student with cerebral palsy in Jilin province has scored in the upper third for the gaokao, China’s college entrance exam, the New Culture News reports. Xu Yongchen, 18, could not write until the third grade but excelled at mathematics. In high school, Xu often had to miss school because of his poor health but still maintained good grades. On Monday night, he received his college entrance exam results – 598 points – placing him in the top third scorers within Jilin province. During Xu’s second year of high school, he was ranked 111th in his class. His father challenged him: “Do you think Jilin University will admit more than 100 students from your year? Let’s switch target [schools].” Source: Scmp Website

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