The front page top headline of the Beijing Morning Post, April 3: “In Beijing, 73,400 people registered for the gaokao (the national college entrance exam).” This represents a decline in registrants, down from 76,000 last year. The article predicted, however, that university admissions would remain stable: that is around 80% of gaokao candidates would get a place at a university.
According to regulations of the Beijing Education Commission, only those who have an official Beijing hukou (residence permit) may sit the exam in Beijing. People from outside Beijing who recently received official Beijing-residency status must have received their status before December 5, 2011 to qualify. Read more