What type of examination is the EJU?

What type of examination is the EJU?

Q. What sort of test is the EJU?

A. The EJU is an examination which evaluates whether individuals wishing to study as international students at universities (undergraduate programs) or other institutions of higher education in Japan have attained Japanese language skills and basic knowledge sufficient to pursue that goal. Introduced in 2002, the EJU is offered twice each year (June and November) at selected locations both in Japan and overseas.

Q. Do I need any qualifications to take the EJU?

A. No specific qualifications are needed, anyone can take the EJU.However, admission to the undergraduate programs at Japanese universities requires in principle to comple 12 years of regular school education. You should obtain further details of such qualifications from the schools that you wish to attend.

Q. Is it possible to take the EJU, even if I have no plans to study in Japan?

A. Yes, that is possible. But please understand that because the EJU targets international students wishing to learn at universities or other institutions in Japan, it is generally taken only by such persons. However, because no official qualifications are needed to take the EJU, it can be used to measure Japanese language proficiency and basic academic skills. In any case, the exam should be taken based on clear understanding of its intended objectives.

Q. Can I take the EJU two or more times?

A. Yes,you can. There are no limits to the number of times.

Q. When taking the EJU two times or more, can I personally select the scores to be used by universities or other institutions?

A. Yes. In such case, you can select and submit the score within the scope designated by the institution to which you wish to apply.
For example, in cases when “University A” accepts scores from three separate EJU sessions (June and November of one year, and November of the previous year), you may select what you consider to be the best scores from among three sessions, and submit those examination registration numbers to University A.

Q. When taking the EJU two or more times, can I submit the score from different sessions for different subjects?

A. No. All scores must be submitted for each separate session of the exam.
For example, scores for the Japanese as a Foreign Language test from the June session of a certain year can not be submitted together with the scores for Science tests from the November session of that year.

Q. How long are the EJU scores valid?

A. EJU scores are valid for two years (covering the four most recent sessions). However, certain universities designate the years or sessions that can be used. Please contact the schools to which applications will be submitted to confirm such details.

Q. Where can I find statistics on past EJU sessions (number of examinees, average scores, etc.)?

A. For the results of past EJU sessions, please refer to the materials presented in the following web page as “Outline of Results.”

Q. How do I apply for the Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students? For example, is there a specialized application form?

A. There is no specialized application form for this process.
If taking the EJU in Japan and applying from EJU Online, select “Apply for Scholarship” within the “Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students” column. When taking the exam overseas, circle the designated column on the EJU application form. (Among overseas sites, for certain countries and regions where applications are submitted online, apply using the specified application forms.)
For details of the Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students, please refer to the following “Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students”.

Q. Please provide information on the examination schedule. When will the dates of next year’s EJU be decided?

A.The schedule for this year’s EJU sessions may be confirmed on the following page.
The testing schedule for next year will be posted on the website from around November.