2-day college entrance exams held across Japan

TOKYO —

The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday began two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 560,672 students are sitting for the exams at 693 test centers nationwide.

On Saturday, students sat for exams in geography, history, civics, Japanese and foreign languages. On Sunday, tests will be held in mathematics and science.

As in previous years, there were a few glitches. Heavy snow made some students late in the Hokuriku region, while a disruption to the JR Tokaido shinkansen caused some students to miss the tests in Shizuoka, TBS reported. Trouble was also reported with audio-visual devices for English exam takers in some centers.

Typically, the test starts and ends at roughly the same time throughout the entire nation. As such, families have been urged to check weather and traffic reports and to ensure that their children arrive at test centers in plenty of time.

The standardized exam is used to grade students applying to public and private universities in Japan. The test results will be used by 843 public universities, private universities and junior colleges to grade applicants.

Last year, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) said it was considering scrapping Japan’s Center Test system.

The ministry wants to scrap the current system in favor of a series of “achievement tests” to be taken through high school. According to MEXT, the new tests would be taken two or three times each year, with the student’s highest grade being accepted for final consideration.

The ministry says the new system is likely to be introduced in four years’ time at the earliest.

Japan Today

  • 5

    dbsaiya

    Japan desperately needs to overhaul its education system. With the decreased birth rate the country can't afford to waste its human resources due to a poor system. This means overhauling the WHOLE system, not only college entrance exams, but also from elementary on up.

    Good luck kids, but even if you don't get good marks on your exams, life isn't over, it's just another hurdle that you'll need to overcome in life. Be strong!

  • 6

    Bear27840

    Best of luck to all of you students. A mind is the worse thing to waste.

    @dbsaiya, I agree with you on changes needed and the bullying must be top on the list for it to be stopped.

  • 0

    minello7

    Just a curiosity question, how many university places are available for those 560,672 students. and an even bigger question, how many jobs will there be available once those successful students graduate university.

  • 1

    oikawa

    Last year, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) said it was considering scrapping Japan’s Center Test system. The ministry wants to scrap the current system in favor of a series of “achievement tests” to be taken through high school.

    A surprisingly good move from MEXT I think.

  • 3

    GW

    These stupid Uni tests are a real plague! Here is a novel idea for you Japan.

    USE HIGH SCHOOLS MARKS & perhaps interviews at a later stage as basis for Uni's etc to judge who to give students a spot in post secondary schools!!

    These stupid stupid exams are a colossal waste of time, $$ & energy & in the end achieve basically NOTHING!

    Thank god I didn't grow up in Japan!

  • -2

    RowanM

    @GW the problem with using high school marks is that you then fall victim to problems like grade inflation. Teachers can give higher marks to ensure that their students will be accepted to university.

    That's not to say that they shouldn't be taken into consideration, but using grades is extremely subjective depending on the school and the teachers involved.

  • 1

    GW

    Ok Rowan I'll bite, then Uni's here shuld do what they do where I am from, they rank high schools & use that as a factor when considering marks from students.

    Or is you think high school marks aren't useful, perhaps Japan should just can high school all together & have students sit a couple years in cram schools & then due the stupid Uni tests.

    Bottom line is J-education needs a serious shake up & the BS of public & private schools is a plague on the country as it guarantees a large group of kids who will get little chance to do well once out of school, pretty sad really

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