According to China Youth Daily, students at the Sichuan Vocational College of Culture and Communication were handed papers with photos of seven people during their exams, and asked to select their teacher and write their name underneath.
Those who were able to identify their teacher did not get any extra marks, but students were severely penalized if they answered incorrectly, having 41 points deducted from their final score.
Some on the Sina Weibo microblog said that they thought the test was "tasteless" and admitted that they did not know or were unable to write the characters that made up their teacher's name.
However, others applauded the college's decision. One said: "Remembering a person's name is basic respect!"
Another added: "If students are not in class, of course they will not know their teachers' names, so it's a good question to ask!"
Hu Teng, a teacher at the institute, told Beijing broadcaster BTime that it was the first time such a question had been introduced in a class. he said.
"The original intention of this was to assess students' general attitude towards study. We wanted to see whether students have worked hard in class… and whether they have been paying attention to details. If they can't even remember their teacher's name, then they clearly have no interest in the curriculum."
China Youth Daily says that the identity test accounted for 30% of their overall grade.
Students are asked to pick out their law teacher from the provided 4 photos.