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Gallery: China’s Most Grueling Test

China’s national college entrance exams, known in Chinese as the “gaokao,” fall on June 7 and June 8 every year. For many in China they will be the toughest and most important test of their lives. Around 9.75 million students sat them last year.

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A high school student stretches during study at a school in Jiaozuo, Henan province on Thursday. Photo: IC Photo
High school students prepare for the upcoming gaokao at a school in Anyang, Henan province on Tuesday. Photo: VCG
High school students surrounded by piles of textbooks at a school in Hengyang, Hunan province on Tuesday. Photo: VCG
High school students take a break from their studies at Hainan Overseas Chinese Middle School in Haikou, south China’s Hainan province on Wednesday. Photo: VCG
Students exercise to take some of the pressure off at a school in Hefei, Anhui province on May 24. Photo: VCG
Students celebrate at a school in Handan, Hebei province on May 25. Photo: VCG
Parents wait with food for their children outside a school in Huai’an, east China’s Jiangsu province on Tuesday. Photo: IC Photo

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