Each November, thousands of South Korean high-school seniors take a seven-hour scholastic aptitude test that largely determines their future and whether they will get a university seat. Students answer 230 multiple-choice questions in an atmosphere that has come to resemble a "pressure cooker," writes Christopher J. Briscoe of England, a missionary for the Presbyterian Church in South Korea. The test places unreasonable demands on students, has resulted in many student suicides and should be revamped, he writes.

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