Univ. Students to Score Descriptive Questions in Unified Entrance Exam

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Tokyo, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--University students could be among scorers for descriptive questions in tests to be conducted under a new unified university entrance examination system starting in fiscal 2020, the private contractor tasked with the scoring work has said.

The Center for Research on Learning and Educational Assessments also said Tuesday that at least three scorers will be assigned for each descriptive question, to be introduced for the subjects of Japanese and mathematics.

Applicants for the scoring job "must have received a degree from or be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs" at universities, said the unit of major Japanese educational service firm Benesse Holdings Inc. <9783>.

Those who pass academic and aptitude tests, as well as interviews, will be registered as scorers and undergo multiple training sessions. On every day of the test-scoring period, they will take an additional test, and only those who pass the daily tests will be allowed to give scores on each day.

At least three people will be tasked to score responses to each question on the examination test. If the first two people give the same points to a response, a third person will check the appropriateness of the score. If the first two give different scores, a scorer of a higher rank will score the response.

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