According to the summary of Obunsha Education Information Center, the number of universities that recommend the English external test, which is attracting attention as an alternative to English for university entrance exams, and introduce it to AO entrance exams is increasing significantly.More than 8% of the universities that have introduced it require language proficiency of Eiken Level 2 to Level 2.

 According to the Obunsha Education Information Center, 2016 universities used the external examination for entrance examinations in FY314.Of the total 764 schools, 41% used it, an increase of 5 points from the previous year.The breakdown is 34 national universities (19 in the previous year), 21 public universities (19 in the previous year), and 259 private universities (229 in the previous year), all of which are higher than the previous year.
Universities that newly introduced the external test in 2016 include Tohoku University, Yokohama National University, Osaka University, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Osaka Prefectural University, Azabu University, Kokushidate University, Waseda University, Kobe Women's University, etc.

 Eiken occupies the top position with 96.2% of the external tests used.This was followed by TOEIC at 83.4% and TOEFL at 75.8%.The top three were unchanged from the previous year, but in other external tests, TEAP increased by 3 points from the previous year to reach 18%, showing the largest increase.

 The secret behind the popularity of Eiken is that the content of the questions in line with the curriculum guidelines has permeated the Japanese educational scene. The renewal of the test to measure 2016 English skills, such as the introduction of a writing test in Level 2 and a speaking test in Levels 4 and 5 in 4, seems to meet the needs of the university.

reference:[Obunsha Education Information Center] [Recommendation / AO] The number of universities using English external examinations has increased significantly! (PDF)

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