I took Japan’s University ENTRANCE EXAM and lived [the EJU]
Hey everyone! My name is Lucas! Hey everyone! My name is Lucas! [ GERMAN whaa?!] Hey everyone! My name is Lucas!
[ now in PORTUGUESE WHA?! ] Hey everyone! My name is Lucas!
[ now in JAPANESE sugoi!!! ] yoohoo! Hey guys! I’m Loretta from KemushiChan and our special guest, Lucas! Thanks for being here today!
Lucas: Heyooo! Four languages?!
yes! Today he is here to help tell a different story on my channel a more global perspective and different story Lucas’s story in particular. So tell us!
What did you do? I took the EJU test! The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students Or, “Nihongo Ryugaku Shiken” as it’s known in Japanese! I sent a poll to you guys on Instagram and Twitter most of you hadn’t heard of the EJU and I think that’s because the test is only administered in Japan or in countries around in Asia. Today we’re going to talk about the test,
how you ended up taking it, WHY you took it, and some backstory about you! OK so please introduce yourself! My father is Japanese, and my mother is half Japanese/Brazilian she remarried an Austrian guy so we moved to Austria so there I learned German and English. a really rich, diverse background! I think this will be an interesting story for more viewers than just my usual MURRCAH crew The EJU is a test that you take to get into schools in Japan it’s meant to prove that you have a Japanese ability that you have basic compentency of school subjects enough to get into school and to do well. The test is only administered in Japan or in Asia but if you are someone who came to Japan from let’s say from America or from Europe and you realized while you were here that you want to go to vocational school or graduate school or some other education you may need the EJU in that case. That’s why it’s important not to click away from this video, even if you’re American because if you came to Japan and realized you wanted to do school again this may be the situation you’d be in. In terms of numbers, if you compare it to the JLPT last year almost 1,000,000 signed up to the JLPT The EJU has only had one session this year, which you took that session had about 36,000 people. If you double that for the full year it’s about… [ initiates math.exe ] …yeah 72,000. See, this is the EJU. you can get the idea that it’s a niche test but it’s a hard, intense test you did it! otsukaresama-desu! There were almost 5,000 applicants from S. Korea almost 1,000 from Hong Kong about 500 from Indonesia, then next was Taiwan and Vietnam but the least popular country that took it was Russia! there was only 1 applicant! Otsukaresama-desu! Thumbs up to the sole Russian applicant! Represent! Represent! in Vladivostok! There maybe Europeans/Americans but they probably took it in the Japan batch. One question was:
What kind of school can you get into with this test? What school were you aiming for? Well I’m aiming for an art school so only the Japanese EJU test was required but that depends on the University. You don’t get a grade, you get points. Some unis expect the top, or just the passing points. but the more points you have the better your chances. So you took the Japanese… but I checked, and there is MATH History, Japan and the World Chemistry, Biology…PHYSICS?! Which is basically just worse math. but like you said, based on the school that you’re aiming for you have to get the certain score in certain subjects there’s no one answer of what’s on the test It depends on what your school needs. So if you were applying, you’d need to know what school you want first and then figure out their requirements. There’s an official website run by JASSO and by MEXT the same people who did my favorite scholarship the website shows the syllabus and past exams with math on it, quadratic formulas, I checked it! There’s F(x), a b and c, a few G’s!a
THEY’RE THERE! Some science and the answer keys as well so you can get an idea of what it would be like AND there’s English so you can take it in English or Japanese (depending on your school) But you had to do the Japanese one right?
Yep! That’s insane!! It was about N2 level. and then you took N3 afterwards, and thought that was easier? Yes, N3 was MUCH easier. It was recommended by my teacher. THAT’S RIGHT! I didn’t even explain why you’re here. This is Lucas, he’s a friend of Boomer’s they go to the same language school together they just took the JLPT N3 and then you took the EJU just an all-around study guru who I borrowed for today. One more question:
What is the cost of the EJU? it depends on if you do one subject vs. 2-3 subjects. So you did the one subject, which supposedly is 7,560 yen. Yes. That’s right. Don’t forget the 60. I saw a list of universities that require EJU and I know that people want to do design, computer science, engineering too, did you see those topics? You’re doing design right?
Yeah! How did you end up picking your school and program, with this EJU requirement? Did you teacher tell you about your program? It was recommended by a friend of mine. She goes to the same class as us and she sent me an excel sheet with schools She has this like…database of schools. Yeah she did some research before sHe ShOuLd ShAre ThiS WiTh Me… So your impressions, you said this is harder than the JLPT What was the preparation like? We had some practice exams in our language school We took all the tests and practiced taking them Basically we’d do the test, then score it afterwards then you get the results and the answers so you can check for where your weakness are When it comes to learning, you should already know the material the practices that we did were only in Japanese. Boomer did you take EJU? No, only people who wanted to take it signed up. I get a lot of comments asking about if they want to do language school before University or if they don’t have a degree but basically it sounds like this is a possible track to do language school, then start preparing for the EJU in preparation for going to University. So how else did you prep did you have any textbooks or specific books? we just got copies of all the tests and did them The teacher’s explained how the test usually goes for example, one very good advice we got was to read the possible answers first before reading the prompt/text. If you read everything first you’re not going to have enouh time Yeah, that’s a very good test taking tip to read the answers first and then go back and read the prompt because with those long reading passages you’ll run out of time but if you know what you’re looking for than you’ll save time. I also saw books in the EJU books in the bookstore
[link in description] Do you think going to language school helped you? Or is this the type of test you can study for on your own? I would definitely recommend going to a language school it’s definitely going to help with the grammar but most importantly you should know kanji. There’s nothing written in English! There are no furigana. It’s all kanji. So why did you want to do EJU? Because I want to open up my opportunities for schools I’m doing the EJU and the JLPT so you’ll have everything you need. This is your second year of language school, uh oh! So you’ll be graduating pretty soon! If not the EJU then what do you think you’d be doing right now? I’d probably just do the JLPT most colleges/jobs only require the JLPT. Do you have a dream job or something you’re aiming for? I would love to be part of a company that develops games or that has something to do with vision graphics that’s the direction that I want to go. Illustration, concept art, etc. You know my channel needs some illustration/concept art. Let’s check Twitter… What are the prerequisites for taking the exam? Well first you need to apply for it either by yourself or with the help of a teacher. Then send in a photo, or get a photo taken if you apply with a teacher than you can give them the money if you’re applying on your own, you can pay online. Do many universities require the EJU? Do you need your high school diploma? Mmm… that depends on the university. Some schools just want the EJU, some may want your high school diploma I got a lot of questions asking about their high school history or if a personal or physical condition affects your application the answer is that there is no one answer. The EJU is not a blanket test for every university this is a certification that you need for your University application so for example, if you were to do your university application next then you still would have to do more application work. So, it depends on the school. A lot of people also asked if there’s an age limit. Asking if they’re too old to apply? But that again depends on the school. You can use the EJU for graduate school, vocation school etc. but age limits or any program-specials recs will depend on what the host school wants. For EJU at least you don’t need to worry, but make sure to pick your school first and THEN worry about the rest… or don’t! Compared to JLPT N2 how hard is the EJU? Yeah, erm, so I haven’t done the N2 yet so I can’t directly compare but if I compare it with the N3 JLPT test then it’s definitely a very big jump. If you’re a Japanese citizen living outside of Japan can you take the EJU? Yes! I AM a Japanese citizen and I took the EJU! 🙂 Is it easier to do the EJU track, rather than traditional college? No, I don’t think so. Is it similar to the ACT/SAT? This is kind of like a very american question yeah I have no idea! SAT/ACT are like the basic tests you take in high school before you test into a US university. It’s a score based competency test checking your basic intelligence of all normal subjects. If you took all the subjects on EJU then maybe The math…science.. and PhYsIcsss
(can you tell I have beef with physics?)=P But like you, if you just take the Japanese part it might be closer to a JLPT? Yes, I would say so! A VERY HARD JLPT. What’s on the test? You have to write an essay! Yes, it’s about 400 words… it’s in traditional Japanese style (genkou youshi) so you have to already know how to write. and then hopefully also know a lot of kanji. ..and….the grammar. So, the box paper (genkou youshi). Was it horizontal or vertical? It was horizontal. So it was semi-modern….traditional Japanese paper. I had that too during the entrance exam for my university and I totally forgot that it would be all genkou youshi. I haven’t written on this paper in like… 15 years So I couldn’t remember if punctuation get’s it’s own box or for the little “tsu” character, does that get it’s own box? but I was like: OH WELL I HAVE NO TIME, LET’S JUST DO IT!!! I’m sure whoever read it was like.. WhAt iS ThiSs?! I know I broke all the rules. It would be better to know how to write and all the rules. Where to put punctuation etc. put water or where you put tea sexes or
where you put tension yes they probably do care so don’t be like me
next was a reading part the reading part is the longest part it’s what I believe
to be the hardest part because if you’re not good in conscious you’re not gonna
understand anything a lot of the reading was also not like
in the jlpt stuff that we use normally the reading parts were a lot of stuff
that it may be similar to newspapers and then there’s listening I believe to be
the strongest in listening but turned out to not do that but the listening
part they speak very fast there are many different people who speak old people
young people people with made the scratchy voices that are harder to hear
there were a lot of parts were it was like in a university when a professor is
talking about some data there was for example this one with the ringworm in
Japanese yes in Japanese he was talking about how the skin of the worn how it
retracts and bruised so the the ring word can move and you
have a picture of this big oh yeah on the test and you have to then choose the
right answer for which part was he explaining oh my god yeah I would be
like yeah well good night yeah super if you go that’s so intense cuz I think
jlpt only does like event planning we want to do this event there are four
options which one do they there’s no squirmy worm or science oh my
gosh okay that’s intense he also have graphs and
also dates of stuff okay I guess they’re preparing you or testing you for the
university like actual University content whereas jlpt is more like
literature like reading like a philosophy or something like that yes
and to interesting the essay then reading and listening there’s no pot for
kanji all grandmas okay because I guess that’s integrated in the essay part so
there’s no speaking no but there is writing okay so that’s a very hard thing
a lot of universities have an interview as part of their application you will
speak eventually they’re gonna test you on that yeah that’s frightening you
relax because the atmosphere is very tense and
everybody everybody’s just sitting and waiting but if you are confident in your
Japanese skills I think you can do it many of the people I asked they were not
confident everything but they had in the end very high points okay be smooth yeah
believe in yourself before him and you know I was not prepared enough after
doing the first few practice exams but I’m gonna try again so well good luck on
your round Q oh gosh I do I do not envy you but I wish you the best of luck
thank you for coming in and explaining the GUI I’ve been getting questions yeah
I’ve been getting questions about it and I was like I have no idea I didn’t take
it thankfully my university only had their private entrance exams so I’m
really glad I could have you explain this for the viewers today thank you so
much there will be questions in the comments
I can feel it I know that they don’t have any social media to share but maybe
I’ll make boomer go and for you you can do some reconnaissance on your on your
part so yeah okay guys so I’ll see you guys in the
comments section and we’ll talk next