After 27 tries, Chinese millionaire considers giving up on college entrance exam

The 27th time was not the charm — and for one Chinese man it could mark the end of a lifelong quest to make it to university.

Liang Shi, 56, has tried for 40 years to get a satisfactory score on China’s national college entrance exam, known as the gaokao.

Regarded as one of the most challenging and competitive exams in the world, the gaokao is held once a year over two to three grueling days. Unlike in the United States and other countries where test scores are just one aspect of college applications, in China the gaokao is virtually the only determining factor in where most graduating seniors will attend university—if they get in at all.

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