August 18, 2021 13:27
An increasing number of college students want to repeat the university entrance exam.
Since universities have only been teaching online for a year and a half now, many feel they might as well use that free time to resit the exam and aim for a place at a better university or a more congenial major.
According to the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation, the number of repeat takers who signed up for the nationwide mock exam in September has risen from 78,060 last year to 109,192.
Given that the number of high school graduates decreased by more than 60,000 over the past year, the increase is even more marked.
Although some are probably fake candidates who just wanted to benefit from early vaccination, inquiries from college students who want to repeat the exam have also swelled.
Many say they have plenty of time on their hands to swot for a resit. One young woman already finished her four-year course at Ewha Womans University this summer but has not graduated yet. She said she prepared for the exam for the entire first semester while also taking online classes. She also said she felt less pressure as professors give open-book tests these days.
Another student at Pukyong National University in Busan said, "It's great that I can prepare for the exam without dropping out or taking a leave of absence thanks to online classes."
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