The 2023 College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) has finally begun.
The CSAT is considered more important than any other test in Korea because it determines the scholastic ability of a person after 12 years of elementary, middle, and high school and further determines their college entrance examination.
As many students are in the exam room with trembling hearts, popular idol group BTS Suga‘s review of the college entrance exam is being re-examined.
In November 2015, Suga recalled the time when he took the CSAT on BTS’s official Twitter account. At the time, Suga said, “As today is the day before the 2015 college entrance exam, I remember the day before the exam back in my day,” adding, “I just came from Daegu, so I lived away from my parents. There was no one to pack a lunchbox for me.”
Suga lived with the members, apart from his family, because he had to live in the dorm when he was a trainee. However, the members filled the vacancy of his family.
Suga said, “I was tossing and turning for hours because I couldn’t sleep, and I heard a chaotic sound outside,” adding, “I found out that the members were packing lunch boxes. I wanted to go to the bathroom, but the members kept checking to make sure that I was still sleeping from time to time, so I pretended to sleep hard,” he shared. That day, He took the packed lunch from his younger brothers and headed for the exam venue. “I haven’t been interested in studying since I was 17 years old, but even I was nervous. Even I was so nervous, how nervous must you guys be?” he recalled, comforting the examinees.
He then said he was impressed when he opened the lunch box packed by the members during lunchtime. Sugar said, “The lunch box had chicken breast, Vienna sausages, and egg rolls,” and added, “The chicken breast was cold and hard, but I enjoyed it.” The lunch box that the members woke up early in the morning to prepare for him also contained some letters written on A4 paper.
Suga said he felt hundreds of thousands of things after taking the CSAT, thinking, “Is my 12-year school life finally over?” He shared, “I couldn’t sleep the day I took the test. I felt strange. I felt empty and had many thoughts,” explaining how he felt about taking the CSAT.
Suga also said a word to the CSAT-takers.
“Enjoy the college entrance exam and play to your heart’s content. Whether you know how to play or not, you’ve been competing for 12 years, so you should play. You are still a minor, so don’t drink,” he asked.
Lastly, Suga said, “I thought that when I turned 20, my life would be really spectacular and exciting. But it wasn’t. Both the college entrance exam and turning 20 years old are nothing special. It’s really nothing. So don’t be nervous, don’t be nervous, and do as much as you can,” he said, giving advice to the test takers.
Suga’s review of the college entrance exam is being re-examined every year as the test approaches as it consoles test-takers.