Private universities are not scored, but you are required to enter "independence, etc." at the time of application.

 Private universities have a large number of examinees, so the evaluation of "independence, etc." is quite different from that of national and public universities.In addition, it can be said that it is easy to prepare in advance because the correspondence of each university is unified to some extent.Many private universities require you to enter your high school activities when you apply.And many universities do not score (Kwansei Gakuin University will add points at major universities).

 For example, in the case of Waseda University, 100 characters about what the examinee thinks that he / she has looked back on his / her own experience and has been active / experienced with an “attitude to learn independently and collaborate with various people”. It is supposed to be filled in within 500 characters.Although entry is a requirement for application, it will not be scored, and the entered content will be used as part of the student survey data and as reference material for education in the faculty after enrollment.In other words, the entered result will not be used for the pass / fail judgment of the entrance examination.Many private universities use this method.

 As a method of utilization after enrollment, it is conceivable to utilize it in the design of the entrance examination system by investigating what kind of activities the students with excellent grades were doing in high school.The same applies to dropouts and poor grades.In addition, there may be a way to utilize the Career Center, such as giving advice on the appeal points of job hunting by going back to high school.However, that is also limited to students enrolled in the university.For example, if the actual magnification is 10 times, 90% or more of the input data will not be used, including students who do not enroll even if they pass the exam (unfortunately).

 Looking at it in this way, in the case of private universities, it can be seen that "independence, etc." is not as important as national and public universities in general selection.In this respect, it is not necessary for the examinee to consider the evaluation of "independence, etc." in the general selection of private universities as a burden.

Most private universities require sentences of 100 characters or more

 In the case of Waseda University earlier, it was supposed to be 100 characters or more and 500 characters or less for "independence, etc." activities and experiences, but if you look at other universities that clearly indicate the number of characters, Gakuin University, Keio University, Tokyo Women's University, and Hosei University have 100 to 500 characters, which is the same as Waseda University.In addition, Japan Women's University has about 100 to 200 characters, and Nanzan University has about 200 to 400 characters.In other words, if you prepare at least one sentence of 100 characters, you can reuse it even if you apply for multiple universities at the same time.

 However, this 100 characters is the number of characters that must be put together fairly compactly because the number of characters is small when communicating something to others in sentences. For students who have been enthusiastic about SSH and SGH schools, this number of characters is not enough.However, the number of characters is quite thankful for students who have spent their time normally without participating in extracurricular activities or activities outside the school.For such students, they may not write anything about "independence, etc.", but even so, at school festivals and athletic festivals, everyone in the class is often in charge of something, so for example. Assuming a student who has been in charge of preparing tools at a sports festival, the following example sentences can be created immediately.

(Sentence example XNUMX)
I was in charge of the tool preparation at the sports festival in my second year of high school.I'm not very good at exercising, so I thought about ways to contribute to the class and ran for myself.The sense of accomplishment that supported the athletic festival while cooperating with other staff members has led to the tenacity of studying for entrance exams.

 This is 101 characters.Although it is quite unsatisfactory for the reader, it describes the experience of collaborating with others with independence, and it is specified that the number of characters should be 100 or more, so it meets the necessary and sufficient conditions.That's why we ask for input as an application requirement, but do not use it for pass / fail judgment.Some universities have more than 50 characters, so it can be said that they give due consideration to the examinees.In addition, even if you change the example sentences "athletic festival" and "tool preparation clerk" to other events, clerk / committee members, the meaning will be generally understood, and if you add specific episodes, about 200 characters as shown in the following sentence example. Can be extended to.

Looking back on my high school days, write down just the keywords

(Sentence example XNUMX)
I was in charge of the tool preparation at the sports festival in my second year of high school.I'm not very good at exercising, so I thought about ways to contribute to the class and ran for myself.For competitions where many tools such as obstacle relays are used and it takes time to prepare, we discussed with other staff members and devised ways such as setting up and rehearsing many times in advance.Although I was busy on the day, I was able to get a sense of accomplishment like never before by cooperating with everyone and supporting the athletic festival behind the scenes.I feel that this experience has helped me to develop my ability to work persistently.
(Above, 204 characters)

 These example sentences are intended for students who have no unique activity experience.However, for students who have made their own efforts, such as in the time of comprehensive inquiry, there is a lot of content to write, so if you do not prepare in advance, you will be unexpectedly confused about what to write at the time of application. Is also possible.Assuming that case, from now on, it is a good idea to write down only the keywords by utilizing the portfolio.

 Since the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has revoked the operating permission of the "Educational Information Management Organization" that operates the "Japan ePortfolio" system, the future survival of the system itself is unclear at this point, but the "independence, etc." of private universities Input at the time of application is definitely required. Five minutes a day is fine, so if you have time to make notes for keywords, the burden of filing will be significantly reduced.


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Satoru Kobe (educational journalist)

Education Journalist/University Entrance Examination Writer/Researcher
After joining Kawaijuku Educational School in 1985, he has been engaged in collecting and disseminating university entrance examination information for over XNUMX years, and is also in charge of editing the monthly magazine "Guideline".
After retiring from Kawaijuku in 2007, he has been engaged in entrance examination work such as pass / fail judgment and entrance examination system design at a university in Tokyo, and is also in charge of student recruitment and public relations work.
After retiring from university in 2015, he worked as a writer and editor for Asahi Shimbun Publishing's "University Ranking" and Kawaijuku's "Guideline", and also contributed to Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Mainichi Newspapers.After that, he worked for a national research and development agency, and since 2016 has been consulting to support various issues at universities. KEI Advanced (Kawaijuku Group) conducts simulations and market trend surveys using entrance examination data, as well as formulating future concepts and medium-term plans, establishing new faculties, and supporting the design of entrance examination systems.
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