SHOKEI GAKUIN UNIVERSITY

Admissions Test Information

Admissions Test Information

Admissions Office Test

Departments that implement the Admissions Office Test are: Department of Culture and Communication Activities, Department of Human Psychology, Department for the Study of Contemporary Society, and Department of Environment Planning. We are seeking applicants who show a strong interest in the course material offered by these departments and who have a clear motivation for learning once admitted. Based on the applicant’s execution of given assignments, the expression of his or her thoughts and goals as laid out in the Entry Sheet, and two interviews with departmental faculty, we make a comprehensive determination as to the applicant’s potential compatibility with the student model we are seeking in our departments and university overall.

Department of Culture and Communication Activities
We are seeking applicants interested in cultural expression as seen in literature, film, museums, cartoon, animation, theater, broadcasting, photography, the internet, and regional events, and who have a strong desire to use their university studies to develop that interest into specific communication activities. Using an interview we will assess such items as the applicant’s enthusiasm for learning in the department, clarity of study goals, and communication skills.
Department of Human Psychology
We are seeking applicants with a strong desire to study the methods our department offers in grasping the depth and breadth of the human spirit. We are looking for proactive learners who will create a goal and take the necessary measures to reach that goal.
Department for the Study of Contemporary Society
We are seeking applicants who have a strong desire to study in our department, who harbor strong concerns about movements in contemporary society, and who are capable of expressing their own thoughts and opinions in an assertive manner. We are looking for those who can focus not only on academic studies but also on taking proactive measures toward achieving their independent goals outside of the classroom.
Department of Environment Planning
We are seeking applicants with strong interest and initiative for learning in the department’s specialty fields of regional environment, living environment, and urban environment. We are looking for those who will make active progress toward a goal, focusing not only on academic studies but also on maintaining a broad perspective while working independently.

Admissions Test by Recommendation

We are seeking applicants who are equipped by the end of high school with strong overall academic skills in all subjects, and who possess a strong enthusiasm for learning and clear educational goals to achieve upon entering our university. Based on analysis of fundamental academic skills test scores (itemized test or essay), special activities or extracurricular involvement during the applicant’s high school years, and an in-person interview, we will make a comprehensive determination as to whether or not the applicant shows potential compliance with the student model sought by the individual department and Shokei Gakuin University.

Department of Culture and Communication Activities
We are seeking applicants equipped with fundamental powers of comprehension, reading comprehension, and expressive abilities, who display an interest in society as well as a spirit of empathy toward and cooperation with others. Using a fundamental skills test and interview, we will assess the applicant’s learning context and extracurricular activities.
Department of Human Psychology
We are seeking applicants who have a deep interest in grasping the depth and breadth of the human spirit and who are equipped with the academic skills necessary for doing so. In the interview and essay, we will look in particular at the applicant’s ability to understand the material presented and explain his or her own thoughts and feelings.
Department for the Scientific Study of Children
We place special emphasis on an applicant’s fundamental academic skills as they might comply with the academic and practical studies of the curriculum, and we look for an aptitude for interpersonal work that keeps children in mind.
Department for the Study of Contemporary Society
We are seeking applicants who are interested in contemporary society, who have clear intention and a will to learn, who have study goals that are appropriate and well-defined, and who have the ability for long-term continuous study. In the interview, we will look at the applicant’s ability to articulate his or her own thoughts and opinions in a cohesive manner.
Department of Environment Planning
We are seeking applicants who have a strong desire to study one of our department’s specialty fields (Regional Environment, Living Environment, Urban Environment), who took an active and assertive role during high school in both academic and extracurricular activities, and who wish to continue learning while taking an active role in various environmental activities both on and off campus.
Department of Human Health and Nutrition
We are seeking applicants who have strong basic knowledge in the sciences, particularly chemistry and biology. The work of nutritionists and managerial dieticians demands strong and effective communication skills, so in the interview we will evaluate those skills in addition to the applicant’s academic initiative and goals.

General Admissions Test, Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions

We are seeking applicants who have interest in the specialty fields of our various departments, who have tested accordingly in the assigned courses and subjects, and who possess the basic academic skills needed to study in the chosen specialty field. In the interest of fostering globally minded students capable of working at the international level, English proficiency is required for all subjects on both the General Admissions Test and the Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions (both are Schedule A).

Department of Culture and Communication Activities
We are seeking applicants equipped with the academic skills necessary for comprehensive study in the areas of Language Culture, Visual Culture, and Regional Culture. As Japanese language skills are imperative for departmental study, the Japanese Language subject test is required in both the General Admissions Test (Schedule A) and the Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions (Schedule A/B). The Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions (Schedule C) requires the subject test for either English or Japanese Language. For purposes of evaluating reading comprehension and writing skills, the Schedule B General Admissions Test includes a short essay, and the Schedule C General Admissions Test includes a writing test.
Department of Human Psychology
We are seeking applicants equipped with the basic academic skills necessary to digest the diversity of human understanding and interpret the regularity and individuality seen in the mechanism of human emotions and actions. Additionally, we will focus on the applicant’s reading comprehension skills in both Japanese and English.
Department for the Scientific Study of Children
In the Schedule A General Admissions Test and the Schedule A Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions, we will focus on whether or not the applicant has the academic skills necessary for coursework and practicum as well as the language skills necessary for interpersonal work. In the Schedule B General Admissions Test, we will focus on the applicant’s academic skills and expressive capabilities and whether or not they comply with coursework and practicum requirements, and whether he or she is capable of interpersonal work that puts the needs of children first. In the Schedule C Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions, we will look for the academic skills necessary for completing coursework and practicum study, the language skills necessary for interpersonal work, and an assertive approach to learning.
Department for the Study of Contemporary Society
In the Schedule A General Admissions Test and the Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions, we are seeking applicants who possess exceptional academic skills and the ability to adapt to the interdisciplinary specialized education offered by our department. In the Schedule B and Schedule C General Admissions Test, we are seeking applicants with a proactive approach to learning and who have strong skills in reading comprehension, critical thinking, and expressive writing.
Department of Environment Planning
We are seeking applicants equipped with the fundamental academic knowledge and comprehension skills necessary for specialized learning across the multiple fields that environmental issues encompass. In keeping with the cross-disciplinary nature of the department’s educational material, a wide range of subject tests (English, Japanese Language, Geography and History, Civil Rights, Science, and Math) are offered in the General Admissions Test and the Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions (Schedule A). The General Admissions Test (Schedule B, Schedule C) include an essay and/or writing test with interview for purposes of evaluating reading comprehension and writing skills.
Department of Human Health and Nutrition
As the sciences play a crucial part in this department’s curriculum, we require that applicants choose either Chemistry or Biology when taking the General Admissions Test (Schedule A) or the Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions (Schedule A, Schedule C). In addition, because communication skills and logical reasoning skills are essential, in the General Admissions Test (Schedule A) and the Admissions Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions (Schedule A), we offer as elective choices the Japanese Language test to evaluate comprehension and expression aptitude and the Math test to evaluate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The Schedule B General Admissions Test will include a short essay which, combined with the applicant’s paperwork and interview, will help us evaluate a wide range of skills, including: ability to organize and develop information, fundamental knowledge (including chemistry and biology basics), critical thinking, imagination, and expressivity. Applicants taking the Schedule C Test Incorporating the National Center Test for University Admissions will have their Center Test scores evaluated alongside other paperwork submitted.

Special Selection Admissions Test

In our efforts to create a lively university environment enhanced by a diverse student body, we offer the Admissions Tests described below to applicants who have clear academic capabilities and goals:

1. Foreign Exchange Students

In keeping with our efforts to develop true internationally-minded citizens who can contribute to the global society of the 21st century, we are seeking applicants who have a special interest in the cultures and traditions of Japan and other nations, and who have clear goals and strong academic initiatives and abilities.

In order to confirm the applicant’s adaptability to academic requirements at Shokei, we ask that the applicant submits his/her scores from department-specified subjects on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU). Additionally, we will use a short essay and interview to make a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s academic goals, enthusiasm for learning, and compatibility with Shokei University requirements.

2. Adult Students (Continuing Education)

In the current age of lifelong learning, an increasing number of working adults are showing interest in college education. We are looking for applicants whose experience in the workforce have led them to seek further education, and whose drive and ability make it possible to do so at our school.

In the exam, we will use an essay and interview to make a comprehensive decision about the applicant’s academic goals and the compatibility of those goals with the programs we have to offer.

3. Athletes

We are seeking applicants with exceptional athletic ability and/or leadership qualities, who have been recommended by the principal of his or her high school, and who show clear goals and strong academic initiative and ability.

4. Students Returning from Abroad

We are seeking applicants who, due to a parent’s job or other circumstances, have spent school years abroad and upon return to Japan possess the academic ability, drive, and initiative to pursue a college education at Shokei.

In the exam we will use an essay and interview to make a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s academic goals and the compatibility of those goals with the programs we have to offer.

5. Alumni Family Members, Christians, Etc.

We are seeking applicants who have a deep understanding of Shokei Gakuin’s founding principles and educational philosophy, who are Christian believers or children/grandchildren of Shokei alumni, who have a strong wish for the Shokei education and tradition to be carried on, and who are committed to actively participating in the Christian activities of the university.

In the exam we will use an essay and interview to make a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s academic goals and the compatibility of those goals with the programs we have to offer.

Transfer Admissions Test (from 2-year schools)

We are seeking applicants who have completed at least two years of study at a junior college, vocational school, or specialized training institute, who wish to further their education at Shokei University, and who have the clearly defined academic goals and strong abilities with which to do so.

We will make a comprehensive assessment as to the applicant’s potential academic success at Shokei by evaluating credits earned and grades received/anticipated at the previous school as well as the applicant’s essay and interview.

Applicants interested in transferring to the Department for the Scientific Study of Children are required to submit documentation showing completion or anticipated completion of the Class II Preschool Teaching Certificate.

Transfer Admissions Test (from 4-year schools)

We are seeking applicants who have completed at least one year of study at an institution with a total course term length of two or more years, who want to further their education at Shokei University, and who display the clearly defined academic goals, strong initiatives, and cognitive skills with which to do so.

Based on the applicant’s academic record at the previous institution (including anticipated grades and credits), combined with the results of an essay and interview, we will make a comprehensive assessment as to the whether the applicant’s goals, initiatives, and abilities are conducive to a successful educational experience at Shokei University.

2018 Special Selection Admissions Test: Foreign Exchange Students

Accepting Applications for limited openings in the following departments:

  • Department of Culture and Communication Activities
  • Department of Human Psychology
  • Department for the Scientific Study of Children
  • Department for the Study of Contemporary Society
  • Department of Environment Planning
  • Department of Human Health and Nutrition

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all requirements of items 1, 2, and 3 as outlined below:

  1. Applicant holds foreign citizenship, will be age 18 or older at time of admission, and falls into one of the following four categories:
    1. Has completed or expects to complete 12 years of schooling overseas, or has been designated as such by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
    2. Has been admitted to a foreign university. (Please contact for details.)
    3. Has been affirmed by a private Admissions Eligibility Committee at Shokei to have academic ability greater than or equal to a high school graduate.
    4. Has other circumstances that have been approved by the Shokei faculty council.
  2. Applicant has taken the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) administered by Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and has tested in the subjects assigned by the department. Applicant has an average score of 80% or higher in the “Japanese (Listening, Listening-Reading, Reading)” portion of the EJU or a passing grade in Level N2 or higher on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) hosted by the Japan Education Exchanges and Services (JEES) and The Japan Foundation.

    <Assigned Subjects> ●Required △Elective

    Department Japanese Interdisciplinary Studies Science Math Notes
    Department of Culture and Communication Activities   -  
    Department of Human Psychology   -  
    Department for the Scientific Study of Children   -  
    Department for the Study of Contemporary Society   -  
    Department of Environment Planning Choose one subject from: Interdisciplinary Studies, Science, or Math
    Department of Human Health and Nutrition - - Chemistry and Biology both required for Science
    *The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) will be administered in Japanese.
  3. Applicant has secured a personal guarantor.
    The personal guarantor must be an adult making an independent living in Japan, who is willing and able to assume joint responsibility for all expenses related to the applicant’s tuition and personal matters. In the event that the guarantor is a foreigner, he or she must reside in Japan at least for the duration of the applicant’s period of study.

Preliminary Consultation

A preliminary consultation is required in order to confirm application eligibility. Please contact the Admissions Test Public Relations Office in advance to schedule a consultation.
(Admissions Test Public Relations Office: 022-381-3311)

Please bring the following 10 items to your preliminary consultation:

Preliminary Consultation Required Materials
1) One photograph, color or black/white, 4.5 cm (length) x 4 cm (width). Must be taken within 3 months of the preliminary consultation.
2) Documentation of graduation (or expected graduation) from most recent academic institution. For documents in a language other than Japanese or English, please provide a translation into either of those two languages.
3) Grade reports or transcripts from most recent academic institution. For documents in a language other than Japanese or English, please provide a translation into either of those two languages.
4) Copy of Passport
5) Copy of Residence Card or Alien Registration Certificate
6) Score reports from the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
7) Copy of Identification Card
Please download and complete the form below, using the sample completed form for reference
Form Sample Completed Form
8) Copy of the Personal Guarantor’s Identification Card
9) Foreign Exchange Student Paperwork
Please download and complete the form below, using the sample completed form for reference.
Form Sample Completed Form
10) Financial Support Statement
Please download and complete the form below, using the sample completed form for reference.
Form  Sample Completed Form  Form (Chinese)  Form (English)

Application Paperwork

  1. Application (Completed Application, Photograph, Sheet with Postage Affixed)
  2. Application for Waiver of Foreign Exchange Student Fee (distributed at the Preliminary Consultation and only required for applicants seeking exemption from the Foreign Exchange Student Fee)

Selection Criteria

  • Japanese Essay (includes questions that test Japanese language ability)
    ※※ Regarding dictionary use: only translation dictionaries between the applicant’s native language and Japanese are permitted (no electronic dictionaries). However, dictionary use of any kind is prohibited in the sections specifically designed to test Japanese language ability.
  • Review of Application Documents
  • Interview
    (Allocation of Weight for Evaluation and Selection: Essay 40%, Review of Application Materials 30%, Interview 30%)

Admissions Test Dates

First Semester Dates Second Semester Dates
Preliminary Consultation Period Aug 7 (Mon) ~ Aug 18 (Fri)
※Exclude Sat/Sun/Holidays
Dec 4 (Mon) ~ Dec 18 (Mon)
※Exclude Sat/Sun/Holidays
Application Submission Period Sept 19 (Tues) ~ Sept 27 (Wed)
Must be received by Sept 27
Jan 31 (Wed) ~ Feb 8 (Thurs)
Must be received by Feb 8
Test Date October 7 (Sat) February 17 (Sat)
Results Announced October 12 (Thurs) February 22 (Thurs)
Deadline for Submitting Admission Acceptance Materials October 19 (Thurs) March 1 (Thurs)