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Script to introduce the film

This film follows young students in China as they prepare for their Gaokao exams.

Gaokao exams, as they are commonly known in China, are tough exams that young people hoping to go to university must pass.

Ma Li, 18. is one of the 9.15 million Chinese high school students studying for the exams.

Ma Li starts school at 7 o'clock in the morning and doesn't finish until half past 5 in the evening. She then studies for 6 hours at night as well as studying with a tutor at the weekend.

During the two days of exams, China is gripped by 'Gaokao fever', with roads closed and construction sites falling silent to avoid distracting the students.

Getting 'Gaokao fever' - are these the world's toughest exams?

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Ma Li mentions that she and her classmates study "really hard together" for the Gaokao. What do you think are the good and bad points of working in a group?

How do you think you would cope with all of the schoolwork and studying that Ma Li does?

The students in the film are disciplined and work hard. Why do you think this is?

How do you think you would feel if you were competing with 9.15 million other students in an exam?

Do you think too much pressure is put on children to do well in exams and if so by whom?

How can parents help to support their children during exams?

Do you worry about exams or tests? If so, how do you cope?

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