more taking tests on Chinese characters in S. Korea

The study of Chinese characters, which was dropped as one of the subjects in the College Scholastic Ability Test, has made a comeback as well.
The number of applicants taking the Chinese Character Competency Examination has steadily risen from 400,000 in 2001 to 760,000 in 2002, to 780,000 in 2003 and 1 million last year.