Tokyo students take oral English test in high school entry exam amid doubts

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Kyodo) - The Tokyo metropolitan government has, for the first time, administered an English speaking test as part of its public high school entry exam amid doubts that the tests will be graded fairly.

It also marked the first time in Japan that a test developed by a private company has been used to assess students' entry into public high schools.

Scores for Sunday's English speaking test, developed jointly with Benesse Corp., will be added to the outcomes of an academic exam to be conducted in February, along with students' grades and evaluations by their junior high schools. ...continue reading