China to Suspend Advanced Placement History Tests by 2020

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The Chinese government, through its education ministry, is suspending Advanced Placement (AP) tests by 2020. The Advanced Placement tests, known as “AP exams” to some, is run by the U.S.-based organization The College Board. Chinese students used to take the courses and tests at the end of the school year to get college credit, but that is gone for multiple history tests: U.S. History, World History, European History and Human Geography.

Five testing centers in mainland China plan on complying with the government’s mandate to “avoid punitive measures,” as Reuters noted. No reason was given by the International Exchange and Cooperation Centre in Educational Measurement (IECC), which works with The College Board to administer the AP exams.

Reuters also reported that the Chinese government is clamping down on any material that goes counter to government propaganda.