Japan Holds 1st National English Test for Junior High Seniors

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Tokyo, April 18 (Jiji Press)--Third-year students at junior high schools in Japan took a national achievement test in English for the first time Thursday.

The English examination is part of the fiscal 2019 achievement tests held nationwide, in which a total of 2,121,000 junior high third-graders and elementary school sixth-graders were set to participate.

Previously, the national tests for junior high third-graders covered the subjects of Japanese and mathematics.

All national and municipal schools across Japan and half of the country's private schools, totaling 29,518, took part in the achievement tests. The results will be released in July.

The English test checks the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. In the speaking exam, computers at schools are used to record students' voices.

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