The years of hard work, endless hours attending private academies, and sleepless nights studying by hundreds of thousands of high school seniors will come to a head tomorrow when they take what many consider the most important test of their lives — the College Scholastic Ability Test (CAST) known as “Sooneung” in Korean.
Some 660,000 students — 7,308 from Jeju — registered to take the standardized university entrance exam this year, which is accepted by all Korean universities. The test is weighed heavily by universities in deciding which students to accept for the following academic year.
The examination papers have been distributed to regional test offices across the nation under tight security. The Ministry of Education says that the test papers will be kept under lock and key until they are delivered to the over 100,000 testing centers tomorrow morning. In Jeju, the test papers are currently being kept at the weapon storage facility of the Jeju Provincial Office of Education.
On the island, there will be a total of 13 testing centers with nine in Jeju City and four in Seogwipo City.
In order to help students avoid rush hour traffic so as to arrive at testing centers on time, government offices and public organizations will open at 10 a.m. rather than 9 a.m.
There will be no airplane takeoffs or landings during the two listening portions of the test.
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