Overseas students put China to the test

Overseas students put China to the test

With Chinese students flocking to schools overseas, students from other countries are, in turn, spending their summer vacations in China to prepare for college entrance tests.

Lower costs and a break from their daily routines are among factors attracting them, as well as the academic atmosphere of classes that focus on improving college entrance exam results.

According to New Oriental School, China's largest private education institution that prepares students for foreign college entrance exams such as the GRE and SAT, 90 per cent of students in June who took SAT courses in Beijing were from overseas.

"The majority were from US high schools and are preparing to enter college," said Cai Rui, the North America project manager at New Oriental Education Group, of which the school is a part.

She said most of these students were born and raised in China and went to the United States for middle school or high school to increase their chances of entering a US university.

"They use English as their conversational language during breaks, but still require more English instruction during training," she said, adding that Chinese is the main language of instruction.

Selina Du, born in the US of Chinese ancestry, started her SAT preparation courses at New Oriental on July 10.

The 16-year-old moved to China five years ago and attended an international school in Beijing.

Although her school has a comprehensive SAT preparation course, Du believed that New Oriental might help her achieve a higher score.

"At my school, they only made me memorize things but never told me how to choose the right answer. But New Oriental analyzes questions and teaches me how to improve my score," she said, adding that her goal is to enter New York University or the University of Chicago.

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