"To pressure kids who cant even express themselves yet to do something they dont want to do will end up warping Japanese society." - Prof. Toshiyuki Shiomi University of Tokyo
Elementary Exam hell and competition to get into the right school begins at a very early age for some Japanese children, whose families invest large sums of money to prepare them for entrance exams for prestigious kindergartens and elementary schools that in turn prepare students for exclusive secondary schools and universities. - 52 national universities have 73 elementary schools
Elementary The kindergarten entrance exams tests children on their knowledge of shapes, the color of fruit, number sequences and polite behavior. An estimated 500,000 per-schoolers are enrolled in cram schools to prepare them for the tests. Some children begin studying for these exams when they are 6 months old, learning activities like how to open and close their hands.
Elementary Parents often form lines in front of exclusive kindergartens and elementary schools in the wee hours of the morning to submit applications for the schools even though they are told that waiting in line like that gives them no advantages and admission is determined by performance on a test and by lottery.
Japanese Secondary School Exams - Tests are given in January and February - Children are put in long hours in juku in forth and fifth grade to prepare for these exams and shift into overdrive in the sixth grade. - Parents increasingly feel that normal public schools offer a substandard education.
Japanese Secondary School Exams - Require knowledge of current events, advanced math and kanji (Chinese characters) that aren’t taught in middle schools. - Japanese students get graded on a 1-to-5 scale - Their main goal is to prepare students to get good scores on their college entrance examinations.
University Semestral ExamsThe school year in Japan is divided into three terms.1. April to July2. September to December3. January to March.-There are final exams at the end of each term. There are also midterm exams in the first and second terms but not in the third, which is shorter than the other two.