Last weekend 26,948 candidates showed up for the 2021 national postgraduate entrance examination to South China Normal University.

The postgraduate enrollment exam has long been viewed as the Gaokao 2.0. Due to the epidemic, the situation on the job market is serious, so many graduates choose to take the postgraduate entrance examination to improve their core competitiveness. Candidates can get a master's degree after graduation.

5.25% increase in examinees

In recent years, the number of students applying for the postgraduate exam to be admitted to SCNU has increased, and the number of applicants this year increased by 1,345 compared with previous years.

That marks another high record, a year-on-year increase of 5.25 percent. The total number of applicants has increased by 19,000 over the past six years, from 7,832 in 2016, 10,893 in 2017, 15,198 in 2018, 22,126 in 2019, 25,603 in 2020, and 26,948 this year, according to the SCNU Admission Office.


Sufficient preparations for the exam

In order to successfully hold the examination, SCNU carried out a simulation exercise to practice epidemic prevention measures on December 21.

SCNU also formulated specific regulations: during the examination, no off-campus vehicles are allowed to enter, and candidates must walk onto the campus ... Besides, the school advises students to eat on campus to prevent the inconvenience of entering and leaving the school gate.


Candidates are entering the campus

Due to the prevention and control of the epidemic, it is mandatory that students should wear a mask and bring their health code and identity card.

What's more, the body temperature on the test day must be below 37.3 degrees.


Prompt cards

For humanitarian considerations, examination centers set up temporary special examination rooms for candidates with a fever or cough symptoms, and students leave through a special channel after the exam. After the examination, the examination room will be disinfected.


Special channel for epidemic prevention

How do candidates treat this special exam?

The epidemic has undoubtedly added hurdles to a large number of school candidates. Candidates did not return to school in the first half of the year, and they can only brush up on their professional study through on-ine classes at home. The absence of a learning atmosphere has a significant impact on their learning efficiency.

However, Luo Wei, a 2017 undergraduate majoring in software engineering, regards the examination as an opportunity to improve himself. The epidemic once disrupted his review rhythm, but he made a detailed home review table by using a work planning method.

The boring and long preparation for the exam didn’t wear away his faith.


Luo Wei is studying

When it comes to facing the difficulties brought by the epidemic, Zheng Yuning, a 2017 student at the School of Psychology, said: "During the period of the on-line classes, I visited all the cafes, libraries and bookstores around my home, and compared the most suitable places to study. "


Zheng Yuning is studying

Encouragements from teachers and seniors

To encourage the candidates, the leaders of the School of Computer Science sent all students of Grade 2017 who took part in the postgraduate entrance examination a scarf as a blessing. In addition, they also had a detailed understanding of the students' learning situation. Zhu Jianzhong, a student grade in 2017, said, "I felt warm when I received a scarf from the college. Thanks to the college's concern, I will live up to the expectations of the college and strive to achieve good results.”


 Students receive scarves

Zhang Ruihong, an examinee who was successfully admitted to the optics major at SCNU last year, thought that the postgraduate entrance examination was a hard, lonely but fulfilling practice. To each examinee, he would like to say, "No matter what the result is, it must be an unforgettable experience."


Zhang Ruihong

Written by Li Xingfeng

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Li Jianru

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