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Multiple private English exams approved for screening college applicants

  • March 27, 2018
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All papers reported that the National Center for University Entrance Examinations approved multiple English proficiency tests to be used by public universities to judge applicants’ command of the language. The approved exams include TOEFL iBT; TOEIC L&R, S&W; GTEC; GTEC CBT; TEAP; TEAP CBT; STEP; IELTS, and Cambridge Assessment English.  Although the Japan Association of National Universities has decided to replace the current standardized nationwide English test for college entrance with the approved exams administered by the private-sector service operators starting in FY2024, Yomiuri said the University of Tokyo has already indicated that it probably will not use the commercial exams to screen its applicants’ English competence. The dailies added that since the private test administrators charge relatively high fees, some educators are worried that students from less affluent families may be put at a disadvantage.      

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