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University Entrance Exam: Another Squid Game?

Lecture in Korean

University Entrance Exam: Another Squid Game?

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Sehjae Chun, Professor, School of English Language and Literature, Sookmyung Women's University

Thursday, February 3, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Pacific Time)

What is the implication of “university entrance exam” in Korean society? It is much more than what it assumes literally to many Koreans. The university entrance exam and its process not only mirrors problems facing the present Korean society but also hints at its future potential. Factors that affect the entrance exam system include variables such as a sharp decrease in the school-age population, Seoul-centered education fever, the faltering operation of public education and the prosperity of private education, and the widening of the educational divide more aggravated by the global pandemic as well as the change of the entrance examination system by politicians. As one of the windows to understanding Korean society, in this colloquium, Professor Chun will examine the university entrance exam system in Korea. First, Professor Chun will examine the characteristics of the admissions officer system, which consists of document screening and interview, and Korean SAT. Through this, he will increase our understanding of the entrance exam system and explore how students and parents can prepare for it.

  In this colloquium, Professor Chun will investigate the Korean entrance exam system, and improve our understanding of Korean society.

 * If you are interested in attending this talk, please email the Center ( for a Zoom invitation.

Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies

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