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Chinese Students Flock to U.S. Exams to Chase College Dreams

A staff from an agency marketing overseas education wears a T-shirt showing logos of U.S universities at AsiaWorld-Expo, where 7,000 candidates for the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SATs) are taking the exams, in Hong Kong.

Chinese Students Flock to U.S. Exams to Chase College Dreams

Chinese students form the largest overseas group at U.S. universities and their numbers are rising as families spend a fortune in the quest for an American education to pry open the door to career and social success.

For some parents, overseas education is also seen as a way to avoid China's fiercely competitive national college entrance exam known as the "gaokao", which is taken by millions of teenagers who see it as a make-or-break way to get ahead.

Reporting by Grace Li, REUTERS.