- Millions of Chinese students take the gaokao every year
- The test ultimately decides which Chinese university they can attend
- For many, it is the most important exam they will ever take
CNN's Shen Lu took the gaokao -- China's fearsome college entrance exam -- in 2009. Here she reflects on the test, her failure and how it changed her life.
Beijing (CNN)This week, millions of Chinese high school students will take the two-day college entrance exam, or gaokao.