There are some tests specially made available to international students who wish to take an admission examination in Japan. You should definitely take some of them because some subjects may be omitted from the admission examination.
Special screening system for international students
At present, many Japanese colleges/universities, graduate schools and special training colleges have a general admission examination system for Japanese examinees and a special screening system for international examinees. In the special screening system, consideration is given to the score of the test answer in Japanese and some examination subjects are omitted. International students are recommended to take the examination under this special screening system.
●Contents of Special Examination
Many junior colleges, colleges/universities, graduate schools and special training colleges have made a special screening system available to international students as described below:
- Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test
- English Test (TOEFL, etc.)
- Written examination
- Short essay (in Japanese)
Each school uses its own combination of several items above for its admission examination. For which school performs what tests, refer to the school prospectus of each school.
1．Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
Every international student who wishes to enter a college/university in Japan is obliged to take this examination, and if you do not, your choice will be limited. You are definitely recommended to take the examination.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students is conducted twice a year, i.e. in June and November, in, of course, Japan and several other Asian countries.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – JASSO（English）
[A] Subjects and fees for courses of Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students:
- Japanese: 120 min; 400 points
- Science (Physics/Chemistry/Biology): 80 min.; 200 points or general subject: 80 min; 200 points
- 数Mathematics Course 1 (non-science) or Course 2 (science); 80 min; 200 points
・Examination in Japan: 6,960 yen/subject; 12,920 yen for two or more subjects
[B] Subjects required by Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
As a general rule, examinees who wish to enroll in nonscientific departments/courses must take examinations of Japanese, general subjects and mathematics 1, and those who wish to enroll in scientific departments/courses must take Japanese, mathematics 2 and 2 scientific subjects .
2．Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Since Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students was introduced, the number of schools that require Japanese Language Proficiency Test is decreasing, but, still some include the result of Japanese Language Proficiency Test in its requirements.
More information：About Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JPT)
Some department/course may not require the result of any English test. Schools may prepare their original English test or use TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS etc.
- TOEFL test is the English proficiency test that is the most recognized in the world, including more than 9,000 educational institutions in 130 countries such as Australia, Canada, U.K. and U.S.
More information：About TOEFLE
- TOEIC is used in about 150 countries in the world. This test excludes any questions that cannot be answered without knowing cultural background or phrases specific to a country , so that the test can be used as a “Common Standard in the World.”
More information：About TOEIC
- IELTS IELTS is suitable for persons who wish to apply for study in U.K., Canada and Australia or immigration to an English-speaking country. This may work as an international license to act in foreign countries.
More information：About IELTS
Ordinary written examinations: Many of them use the computer-scored answer sheet.
5．Short Essay (in Japanese)
This is to test your ability to read and write Japanese sentences, and measure your ability to be required to understand lessons in schools in Japan. You will be required to demonstrate that you can properly and effectively use your writing skills such as sentence structure, vocabulary, expression, etc. by writing a short essay. Otherwise, it may require you to write your own idea or opinion.
Before taking Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students, you will be required to undergo an interview. The interviewers in Japan would put emphasis on your first impression or manner rather than your Japanese skill for screening purpose.
<For example, interviewers look at the following items!>
- Number of knocks when you enter the room
- Seating etiquette
- Style of sitting; behavior, etc.
<Frequently asked questions!>
・For what purpose would you like to study in Japan?
・Why do you wish to enroll in this course?
・Are there any other colleges/universities you are applying for?
・Do you have a plan after graduation?
・Who will pay for your tuition fee?