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To pursue his dream of going to a U.S. university, Li Shiyuan, 17, quit high school in May.
He began in Beijing, by attending three courses to train for tests required by U.S. universities, including the SAT and the TOEFL English-language test.
This month, he sat the SAT exam for the second time in an effort to better his previous score and he plans to return to the Hong Kong test center in December.
"It's much better than in high school, where teachers put too much pressure on us," Li said.
His training for the exams has cost 100,000 yuan ($16,400), almost five times the annual disposable income of the average Chinese city-dweller.
"As long as the family can afford it, I would like my child to go abroad for university to learn some real stuff," said lawyer Li Xuezong, who accompanied his son to Hong Kong.
Nearly 200,000 Chinese students were at U.S. universities in the 2011/12 academic year, almost double the number from India, the second-largest group
he 2011/12 academic year saw a surge of nearly a third in undergraduates from China, to about 75,000, Families typically save at least 1 million yuan ($164,000) for four years of college in America, but about 12 percent of China's 1.35 billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day.
Zong said as many as 450,000 Chinese would go overseas for education this year, with the U.S. the most popular destination.