Domestic University Requirement

College Entrance Examinations in Japan for GKA Senior High School students

Students in Japan who are studying for college entrance examinations are putting in a lot of time and effort to gain high academic ability in English. Unfortunately, they have difficulty maintaining their English ability, especially during the summer when the 11th graders start to think about the entrance exams, as they begin to prepare for exams in subjects other than English. Regardless of which course (humanity or science) students take, their success depends on their level of English. This criterion for admission causes significant pressure on even the most academically gifted high school students. Students experience a decline or a plateau of "deviation value - hensachi" as soon as they become 12th graders.

GKA high school students, on the other hand, have studied English for a long time in our immersion program. As a result, they have a high level of academic ability in English. They can allocate their time and efforts to the other exam subjects. However, study habits, such as length of study hour - equivalent to two hours plus their grade (3 hours for grade 10 students since Grade 10 at GKA is 'grade 1' at Japanese HS) on weekdays and seven to eight hours on weekend/holidays - should be a matter of course for high-achieving high school students. During grade 10 and 11, it is essential for GKA students to lay the groundwork in mathematics and Japanese as well as English. GKA students will receive information about college entrance exams from various sources; however, the most important thing is to establish a solid "academic foundation."

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There will be two main pathways to colleges and universities for GKA domestic course students.
  1. General Admission (General Entrance Examinations)
  2. Admissions based on Recommendation (Recommendation Exams)
    Admissions Office examinations (AO Exams)

Since these three admission systems are different in nature, students need to prepare for each separately. For Recommendation Exams and AO Exams, in addition to academic performance, there are various eligibility requirements. These include extra-curricular/club activities. These are determined by each college/university. Furthermore, the number of openings for the students using Recommendation Exams and AO Exams systems is much less than for those taking the General Entrance Examinations. It is true that the results of the Recommendation Exams and AO Exams are announced much earlier than the General Entrance Examinations due to early applications and exams. But failure in these exams means that the student would start to prepare for the General Entrance Exams in November or December, an almost impossible task. Students need to spend their school lives focusing on studying so as to establish the aforementioned academic foundation. They should use the Recommendation Exam or AO Exam system only when they find a college/university where they really want to go and whose requirements they can fulfill.

However, it is natural for GKA students to use their 'English ability' for entrance exams. A lot of renowned 'difficult' colleges/universities have entrance exams in which students' score on the English tests are highly valued. By analyzing the English tests of Japanese colleges/universities and preparing for them, GKA domestic course students have a good chance of getting in to the college/university of their choice. Especially during Grade 10 and Grade 11, it is important to take regular tests and mock tests. This will monitor their performance. GKA domestic course students are expected to study hard and steadily so that they can establish a solid "academic foundation."