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September 28, 2004

English Listening Test Dry Run

On Sunday, a dry run was held of the English listening test to be taken by future university applicants. The National Center for University Entrance Examinations, which plans to introduce the listening test in 2006, held exams in 568 locations nationwide (6 venues in Okinawa could not be used due to a typhoon). Approximately 40,000 current 11th graders were randomly chosen from applicants hoping to get a feel for what they will face in just over a year's time. The 30-minute test used a special player with headphones, and students were asked to make sure their mobile phones were switched off. One 16-year old student in Tokyo remarked that the sound quality had been better than she expected and was more confident about taking the real test. (Photo: second-year high school students take the test at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Copyright Asahi Shimbun)

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