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Majority passes entrance exams

HIGHER EDUCATION A record number of students passed the college and university entrance exams, but hundreds failed the English component

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The University Admission Committee yesterday announced that about 89,047 senior-high school graduates who took the Joint College Entrance Examination will become college freshmen this year, a record high of 76.7 percent of admission rate.

According to the statistics released yesterday by the committee, about 116,102 students are eligible to file application forms for college or university and 89,047 of them will be admitted to schools of their choice. At 76.7 percent, the admission rate is 4 percent higher than last year, and also an all-time record.

The committee began sending out exam results yesterday. According to the committee, 464 students scored full marks in mathematics. English proficiency was much lower. As many as 809 students scored zero in English component and only 10 percent achieved a 60 percent grade.

After receiving their scores, students must send out their application forms between July 27and July 30. The final admission result will be announced on Aug. 8.

The College Entrance Examination Center said it will release the names of all passing students on its Web site (www.uac.edu.tw) on August 8 at 8am. The center will no longer post a paper list of the results on the doors of National Taiwan University, a tradition that ran for more than 30 years.

The committee chief and National Cheng Kung University president Kao Chiang (高強) yesterday suggested students to follow their hearts and choose the colleges and departments they are truly interested in and not to be influenced by others.

Roughly 220 students, who were delayed in taking the examination because of the Tropical Storm Mindulle, will write a make-up examination on Thursday and Friday.

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