Chinese Civil Service Selection Analytical Essay by Spirittalk

Chinese Civil Service Selection
A look at the impact of assessments in the selection of civil servants in ancient China.
# 148419 | 789 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2011 in History (Asian) , Psychology (Testing)

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The paper provides an overview of the history of civil service examinations in ancient China and discusses the consequential basis of validity and the unintentional and intentional social consequences of assessment. The author concludes that although history does not recognize the Chinese use of essay examinations for civil service selection as one of the milestones with regard to the conception of the democracy, its social consequences, both unintentional and intentional have paved the way for contemporary societies to flourish by way of academic excellence.

Civil Service Examinations in Ancient China
Chinese Civil Service Assessment Reform

From the Paper:

"The early Chinese process (650 to 1905) for selecting civil servants or public officials provided the model used by most contemporary societies. The process included the employment of assessment tools or tests that centered upon merit instead of family or political associations. This innovative manner of providing jobs to the masses by way of assessment played a fundamental role in both the social and intellectual lives of the majority of Chinese citizens. These premodern civil service assessments, believed by many to be to be an obstruction to the development of a progressive Chinese state, instead had a positive influence on the manifestation of China as a modern country."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Keju, (2007). Civil Service Examinations. Retrieved from

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