FAQ about Entrance Examination

 

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

    The AO(B) exam is only administered in November, and students may not apply for the November AO(A) exam at the same time. The AO(A) exam is also administered in April, and if the candidate meets the requirements, it is permitted to apply for AO(A) in April, before or after applying for AO(B) in November.

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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?
    You may use either 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 a Skype interview. For the AO(B) exam you must travel to Tokyo for the November written exam and on-campus interview. There is no Skype interview for the AO(B) exam.

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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 which exam should I take?
    If you are living in Japan and go to a school where the primary language of instruction is Japanese, then you should take the AO(B) exam. The AO(A) exam assumes that you have very strong English language academic skills and you have studied many subjects in English. The AO(A) exam result depends on the quality of your essay, English test scores, high school grades, letters of recommendation, and a Skype interview. 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) exam 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 requires no Japanese ability.

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  • I attend a high school in Japan with an all-English curriculum. I am applying to universities overseas, but I will also apply to Japanese colleges. Which exam should I use?
    If you have sufficiently good English test scores, then the AO(A) format will probably be better, because it is similar to the application process for schools in the US and elsewhere. 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) exam is only administered in November, while the AO(A) is administered in November and April.

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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.