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Chinese students outperformed by 300 points in SATs

By Wang Fei (Global Times)

08:34, December 02, 2011

Chinese students generally do poorer on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) than their US counterparts, according to a recent study.

The exam is the major hurdle to enter US universities.

DK Education, a multinational training institution, published China's first annual SAT report on its website on Wednesday. The report is based on SAT test scores of 2,492 students from 40 public high schools and international schools in the country.

The report shows Chinese students scored 1,213 on average, nearly 300 points lower than that of American students, who got 1,509 on average.

The SAT, developed by the US College Board, is a globally recognized college admission test that assesses students' knowledge of reading, writing and math.

Chinese students dropped most of their points in the reading and writing sections. Compared to American students, they got 170 fewer points in the reading section. The main reason, said the report, is Chinese students generally lack creative thought, a key element affecting their scholastic aptitude.

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