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In China, an Enigma in Test Scores

Science  01 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5288, pp. 711
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5288.711


On a standardized test required for admission to physics graduate programs in the United States, residents of the People's Republic of China (PRC) score more than 230 points higher—out of a possible score of 990—than U.S. residents. A huge pool of highly motivated, well-trained students in the PRC is one factor, but intensive coaching is another. Widespread security breaches may also have played some role in the past.