University of Cambridge student tries answering English questions on the Korean college entrance exam

Article: Student of the University of Cambridge surprised at English questions on Korean college entrance exam "It's hard"

Source: JTBC via Nate [ original YouTube clip here ]

1. [+1,597, -20] It's the reality of our English education. You study to death for the college entrance exam, study to death to pass your TOEIC... and then you get a job and sign up for introductory conversation classes.

2. [+1,245, -16] English education in our country isn't meant for practical use. It's just another subject to grade and divide you on.

3. [+1,022, -32] This makes no sense at all. What's even the point of Koreans studying as hard as they do now to get into colleges when the rest of the world doesn't acknowledge it? Cambridge is way more famous than Seoul University too.

4. [+46, -2] I expected it.... You can tell there's a huge difference in the way things are phrased between every day speech and test speech

5. [+41, -1] The hardest part is that you don't even know what's going on in the translated version because everything's so philosophical and there are too many comparisons

6. [+39, -4] Koreans just think any English word that sounds hard is classy sounding. I graduated college overseas and the only vocabulary you need to understand textbooks and all are the words you memorized in junior high school up to freshman year of high school. The rest of the stuff English on the college entrance exam was purely written to make sure that you get it wrong.

7. [+34, -2] People can study for TOEIC as hard as they can but their skills will still only be up to introductory level conversation when they get a job ㅎㅎㅎ

8. [+30, -0] It's because the test focuses on English not for practical use but as another test score... there are so many people with high TOEIC scores who can't say a lick of English. It's the reality of our English education system.

9. [+28, -1] So many foreigners have spoken out about how difficult the English on the Korean college entrance exams are. English speakers are saying it's hard and even Tyler put the system down. There are tons of Korean kids who've been learning English for 10 years and don't know how to speak it. Flawed education system.