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In most entrance examinations for undergraduate courses, graduate schools, and vocational schools, special entrance examinations are held for foreign students. Compared to entrance examinations made for Japanese students, the content and subjects required are easier and the test is shorter. It is better for foreign students to take this entrance examination.
In most entrance examinations of junior colleges, undergraduate courses, graduate schools, and vocational schools, special entrance examinations are held for foreign students. The evaluated selection criteria are as follows:
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
Short Essay in Japanese
Depending on the school you apply, the content of examination varies. Please refer to each school's web site.
98% of national universities require applicants to take the EJU, while 61% of public universities require applicants to do so. Even 52% private universities require the results of the EJU. If you do not take the EJU, your range of universities you can choose from will be narrow. Therefore, it is in your best interests to try to take this test.
The EJU will be held twice a year, in June and in December, both in Japan and in some countries located in Asia.
According to the requirements of the university they want to enter and the course of study they want to pursue, examinees select from the subject tests showed below.
1. Japanese as a foreign language: 125 minutes, score range of 0-450
2. Science (2 of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology):80 minutes, score range of 0-200, or Japan and the World: 80 minutes, score range of 0-200
3. Mathematics Course 1 for liberal arts faculties or Course 2 for faculties where a higher level of mathematics is required: 80 minutes, score range of 0-200
The examination fees of the EJU are as follows, but this may change without notice.
Generally speaking, applicants applying for liberal arts faculties must take Japanese as a foreign language, Japan and the world, and Mathematics course 1. Similarly, applicants applying for science faculties must take Japanese as a foreign language, Mathematics course 2 and two subjects from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. However, there are other combinations, which are described on this web site.
Some faculties do not require an English examination.
There are two kinds of English examinations. The first kind of English examination is that the English examination carried out by universities for their own applicants. The other kind is the university asks applicants to send the result of a standard English examination, such as the following:
TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL
Up until 2001, many universities and vocational schools required submission of a Level 1 or 2 score for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). However, from 2002 the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) has been held, resulting in less schools using the JLPT as an admission examination. Nevertheless, some graduate schools and vocational schools still require submission of JLPT results.
The JLPT is held twice a year, in July and in December. Applications are sold in major bookstores across Japan starting in late March for the first (July) exam, and in September for the second (December) exam. The application form costs 500 yen. The application fee is 5,500 yen, with submission deadlines of April 30 for the first exam (in July) and October 1 for the second exam (in December). Testing is held in the following prefectures in Japan;
Hokkaido, Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Toyama, Fukui, Ishikawa, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Shimane, Wakayama, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Okinawa (for 2016).
Applications can also be made online. The following web site has detailed information about JLPT testing in Japan.
The JLPT is also held overseas. Detailed information can be found on the following web site.