Japan May Postpone Use of Descriptive Questions in Unified Univ. Entrance Exam

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Tokyo, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japan's education ministry is considering postponing the introduction of descriptive questions in Japanese and mathematics tests to a new unified university entrance examination system starting in fiscal 2020, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The move by the ministry reflects concerns among test-takers about the fairness and quality of point ratings as university students are expected to be among scorers for such questions.

The ministry is expected to make a decision on the matter within this year.

The introduction of descriptive questions and private-sector English tests is a key pillar of the country's university entrance exam system reform. The ministry has already dropped a plan to introduce private-sector English tests in fiscal 2020.

Descriptive questions are designed to measure test-takers' ability to think and express one's thoughts.

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