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Ministry says 70% of universities will use private English tests for admissions

On Oct. 25, the education ministry released on its special website the final number of universities and colleges which will use privately administered English tests, set to be introduced in standard university entrance examinations from fiscal 2020, for university admissions. According to the ministry, 629 universities and colleges, or 60% of the total, will use the new standardized university admission….Read more

  • October 26, 2019
  • , Asahi , p. 38
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EDUCATION > English Language

Half of colleges in Japan to use private English admission tests

Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)–More than half of universities and junior colleges in Japan plan to use private-sector English tests to be introduced under a new standardized admission examination system in fiscal 2020, the education ministry said Friday. Starting in the year that begins next April, the new system will replace the current National Center Test for University Admission, jointly….Read more

  • October 4, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 5:30 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Editorial: Univ. hopefuls confused as Japan gov’t presses ahead with private English exams

The National Association of Upper Secondary School Principals has formally requested the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology delay the introduction of private English exams as part of the new Common Test for University Admissions set to be introduced next academic year in Japan. Under the new system, university hopefuls will take English exams administered by six private….Read more

  • September 19, 2019
  • , The Mainichi
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Application starts for English test under new college entrance system

TOKYO — The operator of a private-sector English proficiency test began accepting applications Wednesday for its tests that will serve as a component of Japan’s new standardized university entrance exam.   Under the new exam system, six operators will provide seven kinds of tests, such as GTEC and TOEFL, aimed at measuring students’ English skills in four areas — reading, listening,….Read more

  • September 18, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 8:29 p.m.
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Concerns linger over new English tests for varsity entrance system

By FUMIO MASUTANI/ Staff Writer   Two-thirds of universities and 90 percent of high schools view the planned introduction of private-sector English language tests for a new standardized college admission exam program as “problematic,” a survey showed.   Educators voiced fears that students from low-income families and regions where such English tests are not available will be put at a….Read more

  • September 16, 2019
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 06:10 p.m.
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Editorial: Address concerns about new English exams

It’s not an exaggeration to say many Japanese have a complex about speaking English. Most Japanese study English for three years in junior high school as a requirement, and those who graduate from university will have studied the language for 10 years. Yet many Japanese say they’re not good at speaking English.   The blame in part lies with Japan’s….Read more

  • September 5, 2019
  • , The Japan Times
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Japan opens website on university admission English tests

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press) — Japan’s education ministry on Tuesday opened a website to provide information on private-sector English tests set to be used under a new standardized university examination system starting in fiscal 2020, which begins next April. The new system will replace the current National Center Test for University Admission, jointly held by the state-affiliated National Center….Read more

  • August 27, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 12:04 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Editorial: Japan should clarify use of private English tests for univ. entrance exam

High school teachers and others involved in the guidance of university applicants are increasingly concerned about the introduction of private English proficiency and certification tests as part of the country’s standardized university entrance exam next academic year.   As of Aug. 22, examinations administered by six organizations will be introduced as part of the entrance test organized by the National….Read more

  • August 22, 2019
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

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Editorial: How will data on junior high English ability help students improve?

A valuable trove of data detailing the English ability of about 980,000 third-year junior high school students has been obtained. The big question now is how this information will be used to educate children in the future.   The results of the national academic achievement tests conducted in April on sixth-grade elementary school students and third-year junior high school students….Read more

  • August 1, 2019
  • , The Japan News , 7:21 p.m.
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Editorial: Japanese children need exposure to English outside the classroom, too

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has released the results of Japan’s national achievement examination conducted on sixth-year elementary school and third-year junior high school students this past April.   In addition to the Japanese language, mathematics for junior high school students and arithmetic for elementary school students, an English test was conducted as part of the….Read more

  • August 1, 2019
  • , The Mainichi
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