Fri, Jul 23, 2004 - Page 2 News List

College entrance exam offered again for storm victims

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A make-up examination was held yesterday for students who were unable to take the Joint College Entrance Examination due to Tropical Storm Mindulle. It was the first time the national examination was reheld since 1954.

In contrast to the windy downpour brought by the storm on July 2 and 3, baking-hot weather greeted the students who took the make-up exam.

According to officials at the College Entrance Examination Center (CEEC), 221 students living around the disaster area registered for the make-up exam. Most students applied to retake the tests on history and geography, which were the subjects tested on the day with the strongest rainstorm. However, about one-third of the registered examinees were absent from the make-up exam.

Taitung Senior High School graduate Lin Wen-pin (林文彬), who was trapped on Lanyu and failed to attend the previous exam, also joined in yesterday's exam, during which he suffered a nosebleed that he blamed on the hot weather. Lin tested in the five subjects that he missed on July 2 and 3.

An examinee who lives in Taipei County said it was lonely and strange to take the exam again, and said he did not feel that he gained any advantage in taking the make-up exam.

Lee Chung-yuan (李鍾元), CEEC vice president, yesterday said that for fairness, students who took the make-up exam have to give up their grade from the first exam, even if it was higher than the make-up score.

Meanwhile, the 2004 Colleges and Universities Fair will begin tomorrow and continue Sunday at the Taipei World Trade Center, the Taichung World Trade Center and the Kaohsiung Business Exhibition Center. The simultaneous fairs are projecting a combined attendance of more than 250,000 students and parents.

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