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February 02, 2004

Wanna Enter Kyodai? Listen Up

Kyoto University announced last week that it is to start using English listening test results in its admission decisions from 2006. Universities nationwide use results of the tests administered by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations (known as the "senta shiken"), but are free to determine which subjects are required for admission. From 2006, the center will add a listening test to its English exam. The exam will then be made up of a written (80 minutes, 200 points) and a listening section (20-30 minutes, 50 points). The latter will use a disposable audio device, one for each student taking the test. For a list (in Japanese) of which KU departments will require the listening results, see the Kyoto University site.

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