Half of Colleges in Japan to Use Private English Admission Tests

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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 administered by the state-affiliated National Center for University Entrance Examination, or NCUEE, and universities.

Under the new system, the results of such English tests will be collected, managed and handed over to universities by the NCUEE.

According to the ministry, of the 1,068 four-year universities and junior colleges nationwide, excluding those not currently accepting new students, 561, or 52.5 pct, plan to use private-sector English tests in the first year of the new system.

They are 77 national universities, 71 public universities, 335 private universities and 78 junior colleges.

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