BEIJING, Jan. 24-- Some questions for the 2005 postgraduate entrance examinations were changed at the last moment, the Beijing Times reported Sunday.
The English-Chinese translation segment of the English test paper was nullified as soon as the examination started at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Examinees were issued a sealed package containing the new questions worth 10 of the 100 total points.
The change of questions did not influence the examination schedule. Students were busy answering questions and few had time to compare the old questions with the new ones.
Examination organizers said they changed the questions according to a requirement by the Ministry of Education. The ministry did not comment on the change.
Some students suspected that the original questions were wrong, while others thought the questions might have been leaked.
Some 1.172 million people sat the two-day postgraduate entrance examinations, up 227,000, or 24 percent from last year. The examinations ended Sunday.
More university graduates are turning to postgraduate education, hoping that further education could help them land a decent job.
Swindlers were trying to make money from desperate examinees, a Beijing Youth Daily report said.
On Friday, the day before the examinations, advertisements appeared on the campuses of Beijing University, Renmin University and Beijing Normal University offering examination questions and answers for 10,000 yuan per test. Students need to sit a total of five tests at the examinations. Three were organized by the government, two by postgraduate education institutions.
The advertisements claimed to have obtained the questions through"special channels," and published a contact telephone number.
A man surnamed Wang answered the call, promising to provide the questions and answers after receiving the money.
The Ministry of Education said the advertisements were placed by swindlers.
(Source: Shenzhen Daily)