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National Center Test for University Admissions

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Just a random bit of news that may be of interest to some. Over the weekend (Jan 16-17), the National Center Test for University Admissions was held. It is a standardized test that is used by public and some private universities in Japan to determine entry into university. If you are a high school ALT, no doubt you have seen your third years prepping hard for this test. It encompasses a wide variety of subjects and English is no exception. Interest in the test is so high that newspapers commonly publish the test and its answers the day after it is held so students can check their results and figure out their score by hand.

The English section from the test is now available online. Here are some of the relevant links:

PDF of the written portion (answers on the last page)
Listening Questions: 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, answers

Click the continue reading link for explanation of the Japanese instructions! Continue reading