SYNOPSIS: "It could never happen in Taiwan," - - - thats what educators in the Republic of China say when asked about the current Regents examination scandal in New York State where high school students have paid up to $40 for the answers to year-end tests.
AT :17 WINDOWS SEALED
AT :50 PROCTORS GET TESTS
Exterior: Taiwan Natioanl University
Academic scholars enter sealed-of area of building
University official locks door
Windows are checked for seals
Pan: bedroom for test preparers
Academicians discuss test preparations
Pan: printing press, paper, type fonts
Students in last-minute cramming
Proctors get test papers
Students in hallway outside test room
Students taking examinations
Pan: Exam room
TAIWAN COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
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Background: SYNOPSIS: "It could never happen in Taiwan," - - - thats what educators in the Republic of China say when asked about the current Regents examination scandal in New York State where high school students have paid up to $40 for the answers to year-end tests.
Probably the world's most "theft-proof" college entrance exams are given each year at this time in Taiwan.
To insure fairness to all, everyone connected with the preparation of the tests is confined to a suite of rooms at Taiwan National University in the capital city of Taipei. That's everyone!....including 19 academic scholars, 12 printers, one proof reader, a cook and a houseboy.
After doors and windows are locked and sealed, and a police detail posted on guard duty, the scholars prepare exam questions on science, mathematics, history and the Chinese and English languages.
Even 3,000 years ago under the early Chinese emperors, supreme fairness was one of the virtues of the civil service examination. The tradition continues in Taiwan.
With 98 percent literacy, the people of nationalist China rank second in education in Asia, just behind the Japanese.
The 34 men involved in the preparation of the exams remain in isolation for one week and are not released until ten minutes after the college entrance exams are completed.
On test day, the exams - - - under tight security - - - are delivered to six examination centers around Taiwan.
Taiwan's economic miracle is well known. Her 'explosion' in education is equally impressive. One out of every four persons among the island's 15-million people is a student.
Taiwan has 31 universities and senior colleges and 57 junior colleges, but that is not nought for all who wish to enter.
Some 98,000 high school students are taking the 1976 exam, but only 24,000 will be admitted to Taiwan colleges next Fall.
And finally...No names go on those test papers, only an identifying student number, so the marking is as honest as the test.