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Nat'l universities release draft for use of private English test scores in entrance exams

In this Jan. 14, 2017 file photo, university hopefuls wait to start the National Center Test for University Admissions at an exam site on the Kyushu University campus in Higashi Ward, Fukuoka. (Mainichi)

The Japan Association of National Universities released a draft of guidelines for how it will utilize scores on privately run English tests as part of the new entrance exam system to be introduced in the 2020 academic year on March 8.

Either a prospective student would be required to meet a certain score on a private exam to qualify for applying to a national university, or the private exam score would be added to the scores from the current standardized English tests that will be used until the 2023 academic year, or a combination of both will make up the basis of the English portion of the exam from academic 2020. A formal decision on the rules will be made in April or later this year, and more concrete methods and other details will be presented at that time.

Out of consideration for exam takers and high school classrooms, the draft guidelines state that special attention will be paid to ensure that the weight of private exams is appropriate in relation to the overall English score on the entrance exam.

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