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ERIC Number: EJ943372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Korean College Entrance Exams: An Inside Look
Hong, Dae S.; Choi, Kyong Mi
Mathematics Teacher, v105 n3 p208-213 Oct 2011
Mathematics educators are intensely interested in how mathematics is taught and learned in other countries. In Korea, for instance, the college entrance examination has played a major role in shaping Korean mathematics education (Kwon 2006). All high school students who want to pursue a college degree are required to take a college entrance examination in which the mathematics portion makes up one-fourth of the total 400 points. As a result of this emphasis, the Korean college entrance system continues to be a major topic of debate. Understanding how Korean students are assessed in high-stakes testing would be valuable to policymakers and mathematics educators in other countries; thus, this article will describe the objectives and characteristics of the mathematics portion of the Korean college entrance examination and also analyze in detail some items from the exam. These examples will illustrate what mathematical concepts, skills, and problem-solving methods Korean students need to know to prepare for high-stakes testing. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea