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New English language tests developed for university entrance examinations in Japan

from Mainichi

Japan: Amid accelerating reforms being introduced to the English language segment of university entrance examinations, new domestic tests have been developed by private corporations and other entities that aim to assess incoming students' level of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The government's Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding issued a recommendation in May last year that the Test of English as a Foreign Language — which is utilized in the United States to assess English language ability — should also be introduced for Japan's university entrance examinations. High schools criticized the proposal, however, saying "the level is too high" — thereby resulting in the development and implementation of the domestic tests. more

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