• Feb 6, 2009
Most people pass the driving exam on the first try, with a select few failing once or twice before finally getting it right. In South Korea, one woman has been trying to pass the written test since 2005 and has yet to pass. In all, the 68 year-old woman, known only as Cha, has failed the exam 771 times. Okay, so you're thinking that South Korea has some wicked-hard test that takes a MENSA certificate to pass. Probably not. Actually, you only need a 60 range. Unfortunately, the test isn't cheap, either. Each and every failure costs Cha 6,000 won, which equals about $4.69 in U.S. funds. That doesn't sound like much, but spread over 771 failures, we're talking about $3,600. Cha is hoping to get a car to help her business. She sells food and household items door to door.

Well, Cha, we're pulling for you and we don't want you to give up. And we're proud of you for not cheating, too. We hear some people cheat by writing answers on their arms or hooking up their Bluetooth and getting answers from someone on the other end of the line. That would be wrong. But seriously, Cha... what's wrong with taking taxis?

[Source: Yahoo | Image: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      well, thats just sad and pathetic. Gotta feel sorry for her.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't be like that. Support Cha. If she ever read autoblog, she may like the fact that she gets international support. Go get 'em Cha!
        • 5 Years Ago
        There isn't an Autoblog Korean to the best of my knowledge... Let's start one dedicated to making her pass her test and we could have liveblogs and such! XD
      • 5 Years Ago
      so failing 770 times wasnt enough to make the news, but 771 is just pushing the line
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm...any relation to Bonnie Cha from Cnet?
      • 5 Years Ago
      She should conceal a two-way radio underneath a giant cowboy hat while a friend radios her the answers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I lived in Korea for a year in '04 and many of these guys drove like we were on a car chase scene out of The Transporter. Not a good feeling after drinking Soju all night.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just can it with the Asian female driver comments - there are bad drivers of all types everywhere. These people tend to pay a higher price over time to drive anyways, more tickets, accidents, higher insurance.

      As for not passing the written test 771 times, even if the questions are randomly drawn from a bank of questions, you would imagine after 700+ times this person would have see the same questions over and over. And I would imagine that the answers are given once you finish the test. That should be enough to pass the test, so something is clearly wrong here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta hand it to her though... that is the definition of persistence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice that this article is filed under "China"? :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      we have only had 946 days since 2005. how has she gone to do the test 771 times?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you figure that the DMV in Korea isn't open on weekends or holidays? Crazy idea, I know.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ....and he counted....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Korean taxis... gah I feel weird.
      • 5 Years Ago

      As the saying goes, try,try,try till you succeed.
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