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1 What sort of test is EJU?

EJU is used to evaluate the academic Japanese language proficiency and the basic academic abilities of international students who wish to study at the undergraduate level at Japanese universities and other such institutions of higher education in Japan..
2  What are the objectives of implementing EJU?

To enable international students to secure admission to Japanese higher education institutions before going to Japan.

To simplify the admission procedures into the Japanese institutions of higher education.

To attract more outstanding international students to further their tertiary education in Japan.

To evaluate the academic Japanese language proficiency and the basic academic abilities of international students who want to study at Japanese universities at the undergraduate level as well as in other institutions of higher education.
3 Where is EJU held outside of Japan?

EJU is conducted twice annually (in general the 3rd Sunday of June and November) in Japan and in 13 nations / regions. Potential international students could sit for EJU outside of Japan at the following countries, they are:
India (New Delhi)
8. Russia (Vladivostok)
Indonesia (Jakarta and Surabaya) 9. Singapore
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) 10. Taiwan (Taipei)
4. Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar) 11. Thailand (Bangkok)
5. Myanmar (Yangon) 12. Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City)
6. Philippines (Manila) 13. Sri Lanka (Colombo)
7. Republic of Korea (Seoul and Busan)    
4 What are the examination subjects in EJU? >> Click for details

The examination subjects in EJU include :
Japanese as a Foreign Language >> Click for details
Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) >> Click for details
Japan and the World >> Click for details
4) Mathematics (Course 1, Course 2) >> Click for details
Examinees who sit for the science subject must select two among physics, chemistry and biology, and those who sit for the mathematics subject must select to answer either “Course 1” or “Course 2”. The selections of answering in science and mathematics subjects would be made only at the examination site.
5 What is [Japan and the World]?

Japan and the World is a new and unique test. The questions in this subject are on topics studied in civics (mainly politics and economics), geography and history course of Japanese high school. It served to evaluate examinees’ basic knowledge of each area in their ability to reason from the information and figures presented in the questions. To get a better idea of the coverage in this subject, please refer to information posted in the website of JASSO (http://www.jasso.go.jp/eju/syllabus_e.html)
6 What subjects should I take in EJU?

Applicants need to take the examination on the subjects and in the language required by respective universities and higher education institutions in Japan which they wish to apply for. It is important to check with the institutions in Japan on what subjects you should sit in EJU before applying for the test. Then, make your selections among Japanese as a Foreign Language, Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Japan and the World, and Mathematics

[The Science subject and Japan and the World subject are being conducted concurrently. Examinees are therefore could not take these both subjects at the same time].
7 Are there any foreign languages in EJU?

EJU does not include English or other foreign languages test. In order to measure an applicant’s fundamental knowledge of English or other foreign languages, some universities or higher education institutions might require applicants to take the school’s own foreign language test or request for submission scores of TOEFL, or other such language tests.
8 Is EJU test only available in Japanese language?

EJU may be taken in Japanese or English, except for the Japanese as a Foreign Language subject, which is only available in Japanese only. You need to select the examination language of EJU in accordance with the requirements of universities which you wish to enter to. Be sure to check with universities on what language could you select for sitting the test before application.

Do I need to state the names of universities which I wish to apply in EJU application form?

Unlike previous conducted examinations, it does not require applicants to state the names of universities in the EJU application form.
Is it necessary to take EJU in order to get into the higher education institutions in Japan?

Each institution of higher education in Japan is free to decide whether to use EJU for screening international students. Check whether the universities of your choice require you to sit for EJU. If taking EJU is necessary, check again the examination subjects and language required by the universities.

Will I be disqualified from admission to a Japanese higher education institution if I fail to pass in EJU ?

EJU performance is not graded in terms of “PASS” or “FAIL”. Unlike the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Test, EJU does not have different levels or score-based certificate. Consequently, performance is simply evaluated as a score and universities in Japan will determine the level of the Japanese language skills and basic academic abilities of international students who are being screened for admission.
12 Is it necessary to take EJU for admission to Japanese graduate schools?

Many Japanese graduate schools have yet to decide whether to use EJU for screening international students in their admission process of international students. A list of graduate schools which have expressed their intention to use EJU for screening international students is listed in the website of JASSO (http://www.jasso.go.jp/eju/gradu_e.html). For application to other graduate schools which are not listed in the list, please contact the schools directly.
13 EJU is held twice annually, can I take this test as many times as possible?

Yes, you may take the test as many times as you like. However, only one result of EJU would be used by universities or other institutions of higher education which you apply for admission. Upon receiving request from the Japanese universities or other institutions of higher education, JASSO would provide the scores of an examinee for the last four examinations held; each school however decides which result of EJU would be used for their new intake of international students. Therefore, before the application of EJU, be sure to check the necessary information with the schools.
14 What is the answering method of EJU?

Multiple choice and written answers for Japanese As A Foreign Language and multiple choice only for other basic academic subjects.
15 How are the General Examination for Foreign Students (GEFS) and EJU related?

EJU replaces the GEFS, which was abolished as of December 2001.
16 How are the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and EJU related?

The JLPT Test will continue to be administered once a year as to evaluate and assess one’s knowledge in general Japanese language skills. JASSO will no longer report the test results of JLPT to universities and other higher education institutions, except for the case of persons who take the JLPT Test at a city where EJU is not conducted, in this situation, JASSO will continue to submit the JLPT Test score report to the institutions in Japan for admission process for those particular students. In other words, JLPT Test would be excluded from the required subjects for international students' admission to higher education institutions in Japan.

What are the differences between the subject of Japanese as a Foreign Language in EJU and JLPT Test?

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is used to evaluate the general aptitude in Japanese, focusing on such linguistic knowledge as characters, vocabulary and grammar. In contrast, the Japanese as a Foreign Language in EJU is designed to measure the Japanese skills needed to study at Japanese universities and other schools, and therefore emphasizes skills over linguistic knowledge.

The Japanese as a Foreign Language in EJU does not include questions on characters, vocabulary or grammar, and is instead mostly composed of listening comprehension and listening-reading comprehension questions, with a writing section as well.

How does EJU apply to the postsecondary courses offered by the specialised training colleges?

The Japanese Ministry of Justice recognizes that scores of 200 points or higher on the Japanese as a Foreign Language of EJU [the total scores in Listening Comprehension, Listening Reading Comprehension and Reading Comprehension] as being equivalent to passing JLPT Level 1 or 2.
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