A teacher instructs her high school senior students online in an empty classroom at Suwon High School in Suwon, Gyeonggi, on Tuesday, 100 days before the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT).
Koreans are allegedly registering for the mock college entrance exam in September in order to get the Covid vaccine, as the government plans to give test takers the Pfizer jab in August.
At Yongin High School in Busan on Wednesday, teachers hand out College Scholastic Ability Test scores to students in passenger cars to abide by stricter social distancing measures.
Hundreds of thousands of high school seniors left their homes Thursday to take the annual state-administered college entrance exams, while health authorities warned test-takers to stay vigilant against the coronavirus.
Retail companies in Korea are going minimalist when it comes to post-CSAT promotions this year, as strict social distancing measures are in place amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country.
Students walk out of Gyeongbok High School in central Seoul after taking the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) on Thursday.
Seoul health officials Wednesday vowed to comb through noraebang (singing rooms), internet cafes and movie theaters this week as high school seniors finished with their college entrance exams are expected to flood such facilities.
Daily new infections remained below 500 for a third day in a row Monday, but health authorities warned it was too early to tell whether the recent uptick in coronavirus transmissions was finally coming under control.
This year, various disinfection items and health supplements are offered by retailers to help students stay safe and strong during the pandemic. As usual, sweets and items for keeping warm are also dominating the market shelves.
All middle school students in Seoul were forced to stay home Monday amid surging cases of the coronavirus, just three days before high school seniors take the exam of their lifetimes — the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT).