• Sep 8th 2010 at 1:57PM
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We like to think of ourselves as pretty determined folk here the United States. After all, our forebearers forged our country out of a wild and unsettling terrain, fought off tyrants, cooked up some of the most amazing inventions of the last century and helped populate a symbol of diversity and freedom renowned the world over. That doesn't mean that we'd willingly subject ourselves to the DMV 960 times, however. Yet that's exactly what a Korean woman, Cha Sa-soon, did on her quest to obtain her driver's license. Despite copious studying, the 69-year-old Cha just couldn't manage to get past the written portion of the exam.

In April 2005, she began taking the 50-minute, 40-question test once a day, five days week, failing each time. Eventually her pace slowed to taking the test twice a week, but on the 960th try, she managed to get enough of the questions right to pass.

Local news outlets ran with the story, and it wasn't long before the tale caught the ear of Hyundai-Kia. The company asked people to post congratulatory messages online, and after an overwhelming response, Kia handed her the keys to a brand-new Soul.

We like her style.

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[Source: The New York Times]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That poor, poor Kia. I wonder if she has been in her first fender bender yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I notice there are Calif. plates. I hope I can find out WHERE exactly (for my own survival)!
      Bernard Liebowicz
      • 4 Years Ago

      Wow. I hope I never see her on the road.

      Seriously, how stupid or illiterate do you have to be to fail 959 times???

      Even John F. Kennedy Jr. passed his driver's test. I believe it took him 959 times
      for the bar exam but that's a different story.

      He may not have passed his written flight test though ;) LOL

      Let's hope her experience doesnt end badly and if it does, hopefully she will just take herself out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Umm the lady had bad memory due to her old age. She tried really hard to get her license to help her husband's buisness. Plus she spent thousands of dollars on the test despite having low income. Lastly In South Korea, the license test are MUCH harder than the one in the US. She deserves praise for not giving up and trying until the end
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just because you passed a test.. doesnt make you smart....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Her family was too poor to afford a good education for her.

        She worked her ass off help supporting of 4 kids.

        People should admire her for her perseverence as she never took no for an answer.

        She actually passed the written portion at around the 950th time. She failed the driving portion a couple of times before she finally, on her 960th time, got her drivers license.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you sure you didn't mean to say "qualified" instead of "smart"? Freudian?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Way to reward continous failure Kia!!! Not exactly the right message to send to future takers of the exam.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speaking of Koreans driving... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pezdwLmU2H4
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now THAT is perseverance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A person that has that hard of a time getting a license I don't think should be rewarded with a car. Trying that many times and failing that many times makes me think she passed more out of dumb luck then by actually learning what she needed to learn to pass the test. Its not like its even hard, I passed first try. They should have given her life time bus/trolley passes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ mkarmy_mail

      Umm, dude - this was in South Korea, not the US.
      Ms Smith
      • 4 Years Ago
      That just goes to say that she was a very determine person and was determine to get her licence and to prove that she could pass the test, it was will power, and she had it going on.plus it was something that she was determine to get, you go girl"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Objective: Show how much I deserve to own a car by failing countless times and a big company challenged the logic and hands me keys to a car.
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