Mon, May 13, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Junior-high students find test challenging this year

By Chang Yu-jung  /  STAFF REPORTER

Participants in this year's first Basic Competency Tests said that although the questions were "diversified and lively," the tests, in general, were more difficult than last year.

"Most of the questions were covered by the textbooks, but were put in a lively way," said Laio Hong-jen (廖鴻仁), a student from Jing-Hua Junior High School (金華國中) in Taipei.

"Although the tests were generally harder [than last year], I think the competency of the students can be revealed more clearly in this way."

The tests last two days and are used to determine a junior high school student's academic competence. The tests cover Mandarin, English, science, mathematics and social sciences.

In the science portion, many female students were surprised by a multiple choice question asking the students to identify the part of the male anatomy that helps adjust the temperature of the testicles. A graphic of the male anatomy was provided for assistance.

Su Yi-wen (蘇亦文), who said the material had been taught in class, was nevertheless stunned when she first saw the question on the test.

But Su's mother said the question seemed quite appropriate. "It's a lot healthier than those absurd things happening in our society everyday," she said, without elaborating.

In this year's tests, examples were drawn from current issues such as the drought and Internet cafes.

"It was a little odd seeing all these topics appear on the test. I think I need to pay more attention to the news when preparing for the next test," Su said.

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