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Private-sector test results to account for 20% of national university English entrance exam scores

The Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) has adopted its new English proficiency benchmarks for entry into state-run universities, which now measure English speaking and writing skills, giving high school students a better grasp of the language before entering college.

  • June 13, 2018
  • , The Japan Times
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National university association recommends at least 20% of overall English scores come from private English tests

The Japan Association of National Universities came up with examples of how to use privately developed English tests, which will be introduced in standard university entrance examinations from fiscal 2020, and recommended that at least 20% of overall English scores come from private English tests. It will present these proposals for endorsement to a general assembly to be held on….Read more

  • June 12, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 27
  • JMH Translation

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LDP panel proposes deferred tuition payment instead of gov’t’s free higher education

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Headquarters for the Revitalization of Education (chaired by Hiroshi Hase) held a meeting at the party headquarters on May 17. The panel drew up a recommendation calling for a system of deferred tuition payment covering a broad range of income brackets, instead of the government’s proposal for free university and higher education for low income….Read more

  • May 18, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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Abe proposes including IT-related subject in university admission tests

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated at a meeting of the Council on Investments in the Future (chaired by Abe) on May 17 that an “information subject” relating to programming should be added to basic subjects in university admission tests on par with Japanese language and English. This is meant to foster human resources in the IT sector, which is suffering….Read more

  • May 18, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
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Gov’t to promote major/minor system in engineering departments

Next fiscal year, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) will promote the full-fledged introduction of a “major/minor system” which will allow engineering students at universities and graduate schools to study a wide range of subjects as minors, thus going beyond the traditional humanities/science framework. MEXT will soon revise a ministerial ordinance to ease a regulation related….Read more

  • May 15, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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Todai changes course, mulls private English tests for entrance exam

The University of Tokyo said on April 27 that it is considering using private-sector English tests to assess examinees’ academic performance in the standardized university entrance exam program, which will be put in place from fiscal 2020. The announcement highlighted a de facto sea change. In March the school said it would not use private English tests for the entrance….Read more

  • April 28, 2018
  • , Nikkei , p. 38
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Trial starts for potential new English test for national achievement exam

TOKYO — The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology began on May 1 a preliminary trial of a four-part English test it intends to add to the national achievement exam in fiscal 2019.   Approximately 40 third-year students at Tsunoga Junior High School in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, tackled questions related to reading, writing, listening and speaking, on day….Read more

  • May 1, 2018
  • , The Mainichi
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Editorial: University entrance exam reform gives rise to problems with English testing

The government should listen carefully to the concerns voiced by high schools, universities, and other parties and make appropriate preparations before reforming the university entrance examination system.   A new “standardized university entrance examination program” will be introduced in fiscal 2020 to replace the existing national test for university admissions. Seven private organizations have been authorized to test applicants’ English abilities.….Read more

  • April 3, 2018
  • , Nikkei , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

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Guidelines for the use of private-sector English tests released

The Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) on March 30 released guidelines for how it will utilize scores on privately-administered English tests to be introduced into a “standardized university entrance exam” that will start in January 2021.   The current mark sheet-style test and private-sector tests will exist together as standardized English tests through fiscal 2023. JANU has already decided….Read more

  • March 30, 2018
  • , Yomiuri evening edition , p. 12
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Low income households to get financial break on Japan’s university English tests

KYODO – The government will give a financial break to members of low income households when they take English tests to be introduced under a new university entrance system in fiscal 2020, education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Tuesday.   The fees should be regarded as part expenses required upon taking university entrance examinations, Hayashi told a news conference.   His….Read more

  • March 27, 2018
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