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UPDATE | July 11, 2023

Things to know before taking the EJU

The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is a test conducted by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) to measure the Japanese language proficiency and basic scholastic ability (science, general subjects, and mathematics) of those who wish to study in Japanese schools. Many schools in Japan use EJU to test for international students to enter school. In addition, it is also used as a guide to Japanese language skills necessary for understanding classes after enrollment, and to select those who will receive scholarships.

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[Updated on July 11, 2023]

● Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students 2023

2023 (Reiwa 5) Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (2nd)

Schedule/Test date

Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (2nd)

Application acceptance period: July 28 (Friday) deadline

Exam date: Sunday, November 12th

Results announcement date: Scheduled for Friday, December 22

*When taking the exam in Japan

Please do not give up until the end and do your best to study Japanese.

・If you have any Japanese that you don't understand, ask a person to teach you

・Listen to the Japanese spoken by people around you

・Speak a lot with Japanese people you know and friends at school

Such positive communication will improve your Japanese language ability.


● Schools using the EJU

More than half of Japanese universities use EJU scores to enter schools.

In national universities, almost all schools use it. Most Professional Training College also refer to the results of the EJU or JLPT for Japanese language proficiency.

Number of schools using the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) (as of February 2022)

  Nationalpublic private total
University 79 56 345 479
Junior college - 9 94 103
Graduate School 7 14 53 74
College of Professional Training College 51 0 0 51
Professional Training College 0 2 190 192
※ Study by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

● Subjects and content


Question Subject

You can take the exam by selecting 1 to 3 subjects from 4 subjects of "Japanese" and "Comprehensive subjects", "Mathematics" and "Science" which measure basic academic ability.


"Comprehensive subjects", "Mathematics" and "Science" are based on the Japanese high school curriculum guidelines.

It is not possible to select both "General Course" and "Science" at the same time. Different schools, departments, and courses use different subjects for exams to enter school. So be sure to check the subjects that the school you want to enroll have designated before taking the EJU exam.

Test subject Questionnaire
Japanese Japanese
Basic academic ability General subject Japanese

We will measure Japanese ability (Academic · Japanese) that can respond to studies at universities in Japan.


Time and scoring are “Description (writing problem)” 30 minutes (50 points), “Reading comprehension (reading and understanding problems)” 40 minutes (200 points), and “Listening and listening comprehension (listening and understanding problems)” 55 Minutes (200 points) give a total of 400 points.

"Writing questions" selects one of two or more themes and answers the question with the specified number of characters. Reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and listening comprehension questions are all in the form of mark sheets.

"Reading Comprehension Questions" is written in Japanese with answers to be chosen as writing questions.

Listening comprehension questions answer questions that are spoken while watching what is written in the book on which the questions are written. In listening, all questions and answers are spoken.

Measures basic academic skills in humanities in 80 minutes (out of 200 points).

[Contents] This is a comprehensive course combining "Citizenship", "Geography", and "History" studied in Japanese high schools. Citizens are subjects related to politics, economy, and society in general.

Measure your basic math skills in 80 minutes (out of 200 points).

[Contents] Either “Course 1” (basic, Basic) for science departments that do not require much math or mathematics, or “Course 2” (advanced, advanced) for undergraduates that require high math Choose

In 80 minutes (out of 200 points), you measure the basic academic ability of science (physics, chemistry, biology) required for studying at the Faculty of Science.

【Content of questions】 Take 2 exams from 3 subjects of physics, chemistry and biology.

Other than the Japanese test, you can choose the language you want to take from Japanese and English. However, some schools only allow Japanese language examinations to be applied. Therefore, be sure to check the exam requirements of the school you want (the one that describes what is important when you take the Entrance Examination at a university or Professional Training College).

Examination questions from 2010 are published on the EJU website. Other exam questions can be purchased at major bookstores in Japan. Be prepared for the exam.

Sample questions taken on the EJU (EJU website)

* Learning at higher education institutions is roughly divided into humanities and sciences. New disciplines tailored to the general discipline and current society require learning that goes beyond the boundaries of the humanities and sciences. When taking the EJU, check the subjects specified by the school you want to go to.

Liberal arts: academic lineage that mainly studies human activities such as law school, sociology department, international relations department

Science: A scholarly system that mainly studies the natural world as a faculty of engineering, science, faculty of medicine and dentistry

● Method of test measures

1: Apply for the Japanese Language School's “EJU Preparation Course”

Many Japanese language schools are preparing for the EJU. Some schools have only EJU preparation courses, while others have EJU preparation courses for university entrance exams. Find out if there is a course you want.


2: Buy a question book


There are many books about EJU sold in large bookstores and online shopping. Books are divided for each subject, and you can buy them for around 2,000 yen per book. You may find some sample pages on the web, so use the sample pages as a reference to find the ones that are right for you.

3: Take a practice test


We recommend that you take the "mock test" assuming the actual production by the day of the test. It is also very important to understand the time used to solve the problem and the feeling of the place on the day of the test.

You can choose any method, but when you study, do not make sure that the answer is correct, but rather check why you made the mistake and make sure It is important to understand. Don't leave problems you don't understand.

● Implementation overview and flow

Held twice a year. The first is in June and the second is in November.

  1stPart 2
application February to March July
Receipt of an admission ticket May October
test day June November
Acceptance notice receipt July December

Test location

It is implemented in 17 cities in Japan and 17 cities overseas. (As of September 2022)

Hokkaido, Miyagi Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture (or Fukui Prefecture), Shizuoka Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Okayama Prefecture (or Hiroshima Prefecture) , Kochi Prefecture, Fukuoka Prefecture, Okinawa Prefecture

India (New Delhi), Indonesia (Jakarta, Surabaya), South Korea (Seoul, Busan), Singapore, Sri Lanka (Colombo), Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai), Taiwan (Taipei), Philippines (Manila), Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City) , Hong Kong, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Myanmar (Yangon), Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar)


"Application" means applying for the exam. You can choose from two types: "online application" and "postal application". The application period is set at least three months before the examination date. Remember to apply and pay for the exam. Please note that the application method and exam fee that can be selected differ depending on the location.

Receipt of admission ticket

Regardless of the application method (when taking an examination in Japan), an admission ticket will be sent to the Street address where you applied by simple registered mail. Get it directly from the delivery person.

Receipt of grade report

Regardless of the application method, you will receive a "Result Report" at the Street address you applied for by registered mail. If you submit your application online, you can check your grade online. Your grades will be helpful when choosing your preferred school.

When you take the exam to enter school, this grade will be provided directly to the university or Professional Training College by the JASSO, which is taking the EJU exam.

Each schedule varies depending on the venue and year. Be sure to check the guidelines (the ones that describe important things about the exam). It takes about 5 months to apply, take the exam, and receive a grade report. Be sure to check your schedule to make sure you are ready for the exam you want to take.

● Examination costs

The exam fees for 2022 are as follows. Be sure to check the new implementation guidelines and contact the implementing agency.

(1 subject only) 10,000 yen (tax included) / (2 or more subjects) 18,000 yen (tax included)

· Indian rupee 800

・Indonesia 110,000 rupiah

・Korea (1 subject only) 50,000 won / (2 or more subjects) 80,000 won

・Singapore 65 SGD

・Sri Lanka 1,850 Sri Lankan rupees

・Thailand 400 baht

· Taiwan (1 subject only) TWD 1,200 / (2 or more subjects) 1,600 TWD

・Philippines 500 pesos

・Vietnam 275,000 dong

· Hong Kong (1 subject only) HK $ 450 / (2 or more subjects) 850 HKD

・Malaysia RM 90

· Myanmar 15 USD

・Mongolia 35,000 Tugrik

● Effective period of grades and usage

The EJU scores are valid for the previous four exams (two years). There is no limit to the number of attempts. If there are multiple grades that can be used for the entrance exam, choose which grade to give to school. Please send the exam number to the school where you want to enroll. The EJU grades received with the issued exam number will be provided by JASSO to the school of your choice.

Different schools have different exam deadlines. Some schools can use all four tests so far, while others can only accept grades for the past one year, so be sure to check with your preferred school.

● Admission before school before school

Some schools have an "Entrance to school admission system" that uses the EJU. This system allows you to apply from the country or region where you live before you come to Japan and receive test results for admission.

You do not need to go to Japan at least once before you enter because you will take the EJU in your own country, and the results of the examination will be determined by documentary examination such as the grade and high school grade. Some schools do their own exams in that location, besides document screening.

Schools that use the EJU to implement the “Permission to enroll before arrival” can be found on the JASSO website. In addition, some schools have announced the criteria for passing admission before arrival in Japan. Please refer to each school for more information on the EJU score as a guide only.

● Reservation system for international student acceptance promotion program (Excellent Examination Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students)

You can apply for a scholarship reservation when applying for the EJU. You need to have a good grade in EJU. This system is for privately funded international students who are newly enrolled as regular students at Japanese universities (undergraduate schools), junior colleges, colleges of Professional Training College(3rd year or above) or Professional Training College.

Under this system, students who have received a scholarship award will be enrolled as regular students within the specified period. You can receive scholarships (scholarships) through regular procedures through your school.

The EJU exam is a very important exam for international students to take a Japanese school. If you take the exam more than once, you will be able to choose the one you think is best during the period. Do your best every day to get a better score than the second one. Also, knowing your score in advance will help you to select your desired school. If you have room, take the exam twice or more.

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アクセス日本留学Editorial Department.アクセス日本留学" where foreign students can request materials to find Japanese schools, and hold "advancement information sessions for foreign students".

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