The education ministry on Tuesday launched a website to provide information on private-sector English tests set to be used under a new standardized university examination system starting in fiscal 2020, which begins next April.
The new system will replace the current National Center Test for University Admission, jointly administered by the state-affiliated National Center for University Entrance Examinations and universities.
Anxiety has spread over the use of such English tests since the operator of the Test of English for International Communication withdrew its participation.
In addition, the National Association of Upper Secondary School Principals in July pointed to a lack of planning in providing information on the English tests, calling on the ministry to take corrective measures.
The website shows information on the six operators set to provide English tests under the new system, including the Eiken Foundation of Japan.
The information covers ways the tests will be overseen and how the quality of scoring will be ensured, as well as fees, application methods and test dates. It also offers a question-and-answer section.
Students set to take entrance examinations in fiscal 2020 can take an English test up to two times between April and December. The NCUEE will collect the results of the English tests and hand them over to universities.
As of Aug. 1, 296 of the 1,070 universities nationwide have yet to decide whether to accept test results from the NCUEE, according to the ministry.
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