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April 21, 2003

Entrance Exam Waste

¥700 million worth of test papers for this year's preliminary university entrance exams, held in mid-January, were unused. The National Center for University Entrance Examinations prints the same number of test papers each year for various subjects. But even with 550,000 students choosing to taking the English test, the most popular subject, there were 140,000 copies of the test booklet left over. Most test centers throw the booklets away, though some offer them to teachers and students.

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