We Take The Korean ENGLISH SAT Test! 수능

Xander and Haeppy challenge the 수능, basically the South Korean SAT.

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104 comments

  1. These questions are stressing me out, because they’re designed to be unclear. Examining your students’ knowledge is a skill in itself, and it’s not necessarily on display here.

  2. I’m glad the SAT kind of test was at least half easier than Korean one
    No wonder, most Asian students are afraid to speak in English if they got test as difficult as this 🤦‍♀️

    1. I know. They do them kids dirty by ripping sections from dense academic books. Even a fair amount of native English speakers would have trouble with reading and comprehension.

  3. Yeah no, we don’t even do this kinda testing where i’m from. This is solely based on remembering stuff you’ve crammed, and not about actual learning. Man i would cry if i had to do this

  4. I always remember learning ‘strategy’ for standardized tests instead of knowledge. Basically narrowing down answers so your guess had a better chance of being correct, so even if you knew nothing about the topic, you might still get it right.
    My high school even had after school lessons on strategies for different types of questions…

  5. I hated the SAT. The anxiety was real!! When both of my boys did it and now they been doing super scoring combos best score from each part . I told them take it once to see where u need help. Take second time focus Energy on math, take third time focus entertaining on the English section. It helped them to get the best super score. Hope my explanation is worded right.

  6. I gave up on the 4th question! This insane 😰 Even though my dad is english and I speak the language a lot this is just soo complex! If I’d be doing this exam I would need at least 5 minutes to understand the text! 🤔

  7. Those questions don’t really make sense to test people? Like that make English seem so incredibly formal. I wonder if when creating that test S. K. ever takes a look at what the SAT or ACT looks like. I wonder what they base those questions off like what’s the goal?

    1. I went to Korea for school before. From elementary – highschool, Korea school system and english exam are X5 times harder than the US schools. I also live in the US for 20 years so i know. In south korea elementary are already learning multiplication and division but i think they start teaching you that more during 5 grade or middle school in the states. Even though korea exams are much much harder none of that is practical in the real world! I just don’t understand why they made the exam so hard for. When i was in school over there a lot of english teacher understood english very well but can’t speak english well. Like 6/10 teachers are like that. Maybe they concentrate too much in books than rather teaching their student to learn how to speak english properly. The american SAT is pretty easy. I barely studied and still pass it. The korean one you have to study 3-4 hrs minimum daily until the exam day to have a chance to do decent. That was my experienc

    2. @abigail gant that’s interesting. Really the only jobs that requires essays that are sort of similar to this I guess would be scientific ones? But that’s so so very specific

    3. From what I’ve heard from Korean students, the English here is supposed to prepare you for the English essays you’d read in college not really for daily communication

  8. This is like a test for geniuses!
    I also failed the Paula’s phobias one (30) and now I feel dumb for not noticing that word should have been replaced with “assuming”.
    So I got 10/12 because of that one and not being able to read the graph from the 25th question.
    It was defying but enjoyable. I would love to have recreational tests like this for learning english where I live instead of the usual “My name …… Laura.”
    Like come on, some of us actually want to learn a foreign language.

    1. @john tran well in Argentina I learnt multiplication since I was 7yo but we still do pretty bad in math rankings lol.
      I know the US educational system is not good but I don’t think the opposite is ok neither. Maybe if they balanced keeping the structure, adding emotional knowledge, introspection and wellbeing and not putting so much pressure for success on one particular day… idk maybe some or even most people would actually want to learn more difficult content if it was optional. I know this is not hard when you’re used to it, but I find it tricky, therefore unfair.
      I believe in tests as a way to learn, not as a tool to measure value. And that should also give students the time to find out the worth and utility of what they’re learning.

    2. G Amorel Förster that test is for normal student in korea… lol. And most asian countries are like that. Its much much harder than western public school exams. I just don’t understand why they do that to their student.

      I went to Korea for school before. From elementary – highschool, Korea school system and english exam are X5 times harder than the US schools. I also live in the US for 20 years so i know. In south korea elementary are already learning multiplication and division but i think they start teaching you that more during 5 grade or middle school in the states. Even though korea exams are much much harder none of that is practical in the real world! I just don’t understand why they made the exam so hard for. The american SAT is pretty easy. I barely studied and still pass it. The korean one you have to study 3-4 hrs minimum daily until the exam day to have a chance to do decent. That was my experience

  9. Just want to throw in that as a learner of English, yes, the test is a bit over the top but not by much. It’s easy to find the right answer imo, but maybe because it’s not that much different than the reading sections I’ve encountered on other standartized ESL exams.

  10. i don’t get it.. why were the questions in Korean when the passages and answers were already much harder than the question itself? i mean if you could understand the passage and answers, wouldn’t you understand the questions in English too? 🤔🤔🤯

    1. For AP language exams in America, all instructions are written in both languages. I think its because if the questions were in only the tested language, then you would not only be testing for general knowledge on the passage, but also on the instructions. It’s a hurdle that test writers may or may not want to employ to test general understanding of concepts.

    2. A look into the life of a Korean Kid i see… it just baffles me seeing another language being used in a language test😆😆 because here in my country, all language papers (Malay/ English/ Arabic/ Chinese/ Tamil) for university entrance exam (수능 equivalent) are 100% conducted in the test language..

    3. because it’s a korean test. the question is in korean because the country is Korea. every now and then, they do write the question in English to make it more complicated.

  11. I’ve taken many tests with questions like this. Honestly, it is best to read the question first, then the answers then read the paragraph to understand what they might be asking. Generally, KEYWORDS immediately tell you the answer and you don’t have to waste as much time on them.

  12. Haha I’m going to be a high school student this year (I haven’t been to school yet because of the coronavirus though^^;)
    Korean high school students who are interested in studying go to school at 7:30 p.m. and leave school around 5 p.m. They can do night self-study at school and it’s 10 p.m. when it’s over. There are also students who go to the academy after that. They go to bed around 3 a.m. on the day they have to finish school projects. Not everyone lives in this pattern of life, but at least students who study hard in school or have good grades live like this or live harder.

    1. Wow, in the Netherlands high school(is here from age 13 till 16, 17 or 18 depending on your level) the first three years it could be that we are at school from 8 till 17 max. After school you go home, your sports or even your part-time job( Dutch kids are taught to be independent so most students have jobs). After the three years we have different study programs(depending on what direction you want to study, Nature and techical, nature and health, culture and economic) so the time going to school and leaving school are different everyday. And on our last year we get our national SAT but in all of our courses. So, I did nature and technical so I had to do my SAT for English, Dutch, Math, French, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and my extra course Art.

  13. Great quality video once again. The U.S. folks are spending A LOT of time at home watching videos now. Hoping you can get more subscribers and hits! Push out those videos!

  14. Also I had to search your channel to see this video because lowkey I wasn’t worried at all you know psssht. Point is the YouTube algorithm did you dirrrttyyyu

    1. I say do more lives. Then you can be recommended more. There is no “editing” for the most part and you have interactive response from your audiences.

    2. That’s so disappointing. But it’s clear something’s wrong with the channel. How do we have 357K subscribers but cant’ even get 20 to 30 thousand views… where are all the notifcations going…

  15. Hey guys I hope you are able to read my comment. If you have a chance try to collab with Mike Chen another YouTuber who mainly talks about food around the world. He often comes to Korea and would be great to collab with your food ventures with Mike. If it happens you guys will be able to get more subscribers from Mike’s channel. Good Luck

  16. I kept reading english lit mayor in the comments and for some reason I thought it was a way of boosting your degree like saying it’s so lit XD

  17. As a Korean, studying in Korea is very difficult. This is because the education system is too tight.If you don’t study ahead, there will be a difference in progress with other children. So, I had no choice but to go to the academy and study all day long to do better than other children since I was young. Usually, Korean high school gets up at 6 a.m. and goes home at 11 p.m. Because when I come back from school, I go to the academy right away to prepare and review. So basically we spend 12 years of our lives in order to take that test;;;;;so bad

    1. @love mango ya it’s crazy! I feel like the Krn education system is not for educating… it is for limiting and cutting out “poor performers”. Very sad 🙁

  18. I went to Korean high school until last year and I entered Kyunghee University this year. I’ll tell you one thing, Kyunghee University is not a high university in the world and it’s easy to come to Kyunghee University from abroad, but it’s a really difficult university to see and enter Korean university entrance exam!

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