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Staying with college entrance exam. For some high school graduates, the exam is no longer the only promising option for a bright future.

Unique from those who are struggling with the fate-defining exam, some choose to take a different path.

A brand new life awaits high school graduate, Yang Chengxing.

He's been in love with inventions ever since he was a child.

For him, the two-day college entrance exam is no longer crunch time, as it is for millions of others.

The reason is simple: he has already been admitted by one senior vocational school without taking the exam.

His parents don't seem satisfied with the decision.

Yang Xinguo, Father, said, "Both his mother and I think he must take the college entrance exams if he wants to make big achievements in the future."

However, such ideas don't influence Yang's determination.

In his eyes, these cups and certificates he wins in technology innovation contests matter much more than high grades.

Yang Chengxing, High School Graduate, said, "For me, the exam is not the ultimate goal. Some students have to give up their ideals for taking the college entrance exam. I won't do that, and there should be more options."

In fact, Yang Chengxing's case is by no means a rare one.

Figures from the Ministry of Education show nearly one-million students gave up the chance to take the college entrance exam in 2010.

Although most of Yang's classmate are not "brave" like him, they too want more options.

Zhang Yi, High School Graduate, said, "We all hope students will have more chances in the future. Different from the college entrance exam, other options may enable students to explore their talents."

Back in Yang's room, he is still mesmerized by his new inventions.

Compared to most Chinese students, he has taken a road less traveled but, as he says, with a strong will, the dream to become an inventor may not be a far away.

(CNTV June 8, 2011)

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