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Hundred of overseas secondary schools come to Beijing to recruit students

(Beijing Daily)

16:32, October 18, 2011

Edited and Translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

On Oct. 29, representatives of nearly a hundred boarding secondary schools from the United States and Switzerland will come to Beijing, capital of China, to recruit students. This is the sixth consecutive year that foreign schools have come to Beijing to scramble for Chinese students.

In recent years, studying abroad has become a popular trend among youth in China. More and more Chinese students hope to study abroad since high school or even junior middle school. At the same time, foreign high schools also increase demands on Chinese students, looking forward to select excellent Chinese students.

According to statistics, since 2008 the amount of Chinese students studying abroad has increased by 20 percent or 25 percent and the United States is the most favored destination. As much as 53 percent of the Chinese students who studied overseas from 2006 to 2010 studied in the United States. At present, the number of Chinese students has increased to 137,000. Of the Chinese students who intend to study abroad, high school students account for 22 percent.

With the increase in the amount of Chinese applicants, U.S. secondary schools that are unwilling to expand their enrollment have increased their requirements for Chinese students. A few years ago if the Chinese students’ oral English was deemed good enough, overseas schools would not require an English language certificate.

However, some famous secondary schools last year began to require students to submit records of TOEFL (The Test of English as a Foreign Language), Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), SLEP (Secondary Level English Proficiency Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test). At the same time they will take into consideration Chinese students' domestic records and interview performance. It is expected that more foreign secondary schools will increase demands on Chinese students.


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