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Interview “How I passed the exams” (University)

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<2021.2.26 Interview>




Musashino Academia Musicae

Faculty of Music, Department of General Music, Composition Course

Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Faculty of Music, Composition Course


▪ When did you start preparing for the exam?

I did as soon as I came to Japan. I decided what to major in college and studied hard to achieve the goal. I think improving Japanese skills is as much important as learning about specialized subjects, because I need to discuss music with my professor “in Japanese”. Improving communication skills will make your study easier and much more fun.


▪ What is the most challenging situation you have faced?

I was not able to talk well about specialized subjects (music) when I just came to Japan. That’s why I thought in advance, about how to respond to interview questions concerning songs of composers, reason for applying for the college, etc. I rehearsed an interview by reading aloud many times and I remembered what to speak. This practice method worked well for me.



▪ Do you have any regrets about the exam?

It is important to gather information about the exams of the college of your choice as soon as possible.

It is highly recommended that you should go to the open campus of the college, where you have an opportunity to talk to professors, which allows you to prepare much better for interviews and practical exams.


▪ Please give us some tips on how to do well in exams.

Nothing is more important than studying Japanese, because you must use the language not only in exams but other various situations.

What professors consider is important is what you plan to do during 4-year student life, and after graduation. Therefore, you should think about how to respond to such questions in advance to avoid getting too nervous in interviews. In my case, 5 out of 20 minutes were spared for questions about specialized skills. I hope you will get into the college of your choice.

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<2021.2.5 Interview>




Kyoei University

Faculty of International Management

Department of International Management



▪ When did you start preparing for the exam?

I started last October.


▪ What is the most challenging situation you have faced?

There were lots of documents required, I was very busy in preparing them.


▪ Do you have any regrets about the exam?

If I had started to collect information much earlier, I would have had enough time to prepare the documents, gather questions about the school, and improve my interview skills.

Considering the possibility of failing the exam and then applying for another school, it is important to get prepared ahead of time.


▪ Please give us some tips on how to do well in exams.

Get well-prepared as soon as possible.

It is important to practice interviewing to gain self-confidence.









<2021.1.29 Interview>




Ritsumeikan University   College of Information and Science and Engineering 

Information Systems Science and Engineering Course

Takushoku University   Faculty of Commerce   Department of International Business



▪ When did you start preparing for the exam?

I came to Japan in April 2019 and only half a month later, I entered my cram school.

A half of marks are allotted to Japanese test in EJU exam. That’s why I spent most of my time in studying Japanese in 2019. Of course, other subjects are important too.

In 2020, I tackled with the past exam questions of the universities and practiced interviewing as well.




▪ What is the most challenging situation you have faced?

What the most difficult for me was preparing for the exam that each university administers.

It is much more difficult than EJU and requires detailed knowledge of the field that you are going to study. In addition, it is not easy for international students to perform well in interviews.

Therefore, your studying should be focused on the university and its faculty of your choice.

I recommend solving the past exam questions and preparing your interview manuscript to practice with YIEA teachers.


▪ Do you have any regrets about the exam?

On the contrary, I would have regretted it if I had not continued studying English.

This is because lots of universities require your English language certificate.

In addition, some universities run an English course, I think it is worthwhile to study the language as well as Japanese.



▪ Please give us some tips on how to do well in exams.

It seems that a lot of students think they only have to perform well in EJU, but please do not forget to prepare for the exam that each university administers, too.

In order to study in Japan, you should clarify in advance which university to apply, the exam schedule and application documents.

It is better to ask YIEA teachers to help you write a research plan and practice interviewing.