|A teacher collects students’ answer sheets during a mock university scholastic ability exam held at Yeouido Women’s High School in Seoul, Wednesday. Yonhap|
By Kim Se-jeong
Around 490,000 high school seniors took a mock College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) in 3,000 schools and 428 private cram schools across Korea, Wednesday, amid lingering concern over the spread of COVID-19.
The test centers welcomed students who were arriving early in the morning with face masks on. The test lasted several hours. This year’s CSAT is scheduled for Dec. 3.
The schools and academies disinfected test rooms earlier and made sure there was at least a one-meter distance between desks in each test room. All test takers were required to wear masks for the duration of the test.
“I am used to wearing a mask now, but I still feel suffocated and uncomfortable. I hope I will be able to concentrate well with the mask on during the test,” a local news outlet quoted a Busan student as saying.
Those who are receiving COVID-19 treatment or in self-quarantine were able to take the test online.
Korea reported 105 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday which takes the total virus caseload to 22,504 with 367 deaths. It was the fifth consecutive day for the Seoul metropolitan area to see the daily new infections below 100.
The government said