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January 18, 2005

Center Examinee Numbers Down Again

The number of students taking the standardized entrance exams for national universities was down again this year. The exams, which took place nationwide last Saturday and Sunday, are compulsory for all national universities as well as a growing number of private institutes. But the total of examinees was down for the second year running, by 17,000 to 569,950 at 712 test centers. Among the applicants,74% were senior high school students. One glitch this year was a foreign-language test which was mistakenly ended too early at Tohoku Institute of Technology in Sendai on Saturday. Those affected will be able to take another test at a later date.

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