FAQ about Entrance Examination

 

  • Can I take both the AO(A) or AO(B) exam?

    In principle, you may elect to use either exam format, and the university does not favor one above the other. However, you should carefully check the requirements before making a choice. Furthermore, since AO(B) is only administered in November, and its schedule overlaps with the fall AO(A) exam administration, students may only apply for one of them in any given year. The AO(A) is also administered in April, and if the candidate meets the requirements, it would possible for a fall AO(B) applicant to reapply with the AO(A) exam the following spring.

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  • I am a Japanese student who now lives outside Japan. I would like to return to Japan for college. Should I use the AO(A) or AO(B) exam?
    Check the AO(A) requirements to see if you meet them. Otherwise, you can apply for the AO(B) exam. The AO(A) exam is administered in April and November. This format consists of a written application and an on-campus interview in Japan or a web-based interview via Skype. For the AO(B) you must travel to Tokyo for the November written exam and on-campus interview. There is no Skype interview for the AO(B).

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  • I am now attending a Japanese high school in Japan. I might be able to meet the requirements for the AO(A) exam, but would it be better for me to take the AO(B) instead the AO(A)?
    If you are living in Japan and go to a school where the primary language of instruction is in Japanese, then you should take the AO(B) exam. The AO(A) assumes you have very strong English language academic skills and you have studied many subjects in English. The AO(A) exam evaluation is made solely on the quality of your essay, written record (test scores, grades), letters of recommendation, and an on-campus interview in Japan or a web-based interview via Skype. With the AO(B) exam, you can display your skills and knowledge in the written test. There is also an on-campus interview in Tokyo. There is no Skype interview for the AO(B).

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  • Why is the explanation for the AO(A) exam only given in English?
    The AO(A) is primarily intended for students applying from abroad; those with native or near-native English language academic skills; and those with extensive academic training in English. Hence the explanation is in English.

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  • I live abroad and have never studied in Japan, but I would like to enroll in a Japanese university. Should I use the AO(A) or AO(B)?
    The AO(A) exam is recommended, because it is designed for applicants living outside Japan, and it does not require travel to our Tokyo campus to take the interview part of the test. (The AO(B) exam in November does not use the Skype interview format.) However, coming to Tokyo to take the AO(B) does give you a chance to see the school, meet the faculty, and experience Japan. Each applicant will have to weigh the travel costs, the differences between the exams, and the value of seeing Meiji Gakuin before making the decision to enroll. Due to the simultaneous scheduling of the AO(A) and AO(B) exams in the fall, you may only apply to one.

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  • At present I attend a high school in Japan with an all-English curriculum, and English has always been my main language of study. I am applying to universities overseas, but I will also apply to Japanese colleges. Which exam should I use?
    The AO(A) format will often be better, because it is similar to the application process for schools in the US and elsewhere. (Note that we now require an on-campus interview for AO(A) applicants residing in Japan.) However, you are free to choose the AO(B) exam if you believe a written test would give you a better opportunity to display your knowledge and skills. Also be aware that the AO(B) is only administered in November, while the AO(A) is administered in November and April. Due to the simultaneous scheduling of the AO(A) and AO(B) exams in the fall, you may only apply to one.

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  • I attend one of the all-English curriculum high schools, but English was not my main language of study prior to entering high school. Which exam format should I use?
    You will have to carefully weigh the requirements for the AO(A) exam against those of the AO(B). If you do not have the English test scores required for the AO(A), then you must take the AO(B). The AO(A) is designed for students with strong academic English skills who have spent most of their academic career learning with that language. If you are unsure whether your academic record is strong enough for the AO(A) exam, then the AO(B) may be more advantageous to you.

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  • I will be applying for Meiji Gakuin’s scholarships for international students. Does my choice of entrance exam affect my chances of a scholarship?
    No, there is no connection between your chosen entrance exam and your chance of receiving support from Meiji Gakuin. Your visa status determines your eligibility for international student scholarships. The Department of Global and Transcultural Studies awards its “International Scholarships for Academic Excellence” only to successful applicants who will enter Japan with a “foreign student” visa.