The Monbukagakusho Scholarship is an academic scholarship for international students offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The scholarship is open to research students, teacher training students, undergraduate students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, and specialized training college students, all with their specific application criteria and benefits. For this article, we will look at the 4 types of students in bold above who are required to take the application examinations.

Research Student Exams

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The research students must take language proficiency tests for both English and Japanese.

English

The English exam is made up of four sections: multiple choice, a find the error, fill in the blanks, and reading comprehension.

For each question of the multiple choice, a sentence is given with a blank in it. You must choose the correct word or phrase from a list of four choices. The find the error section has a short passage divided into multiple parts. You must choose part that contains an error. For the fill in the blank portion, you are given a lengthier passage with approximately ten blanks inside. You must choose the correct word from a list of four possibilities that is given below. Finally, the reading comprehension has a long passage with multiple choice questions that follow it. This portion tests your ability to comprehend the main ideas of an extended passage.

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Japanese

The Japanese exam is divided into three levels: elementary, intermediate, and advanced. All kanji in the elementary level have furigana over them, while the intermediate level has some furigana, and the advanced has no furigana over the kanji. Each level is comprised of a multiple choice section, a fill in the blank section, and a reading comprehension section.

The multiple choice has four answer choices. Each question is rather brief. The fill in the blank portion has two types of questions that test your kanji skills. In the first part, you must write in the correct hiragana for the given kanji, and in the second part, you must fill in the correct kanji for the spelled out hiragana. The final reading comprehension portion has a lengthier passage with multiple choice questions that follow it. While this section contains short paragraphs for the elementary level, the advanced level has a page’s length of writing followed by multiple questions.

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Undergraduate Student Exams

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Undergraduate students must take exams for a wide selection of subjects. This includes language proficiency tests in English and Japanese. The other subjects are Math, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.

The combination of subject tests and their weight in in the evaluation process differs by your choice of field.

For those pursuing the Social Science field, the exam includes English, Mathematics A, and Japanese. English and Mathematics A will be especially taken into consideration to decide successful candidates. Depending on your subject, however, Japanese proficiency may become more crucial in you evaluation.

For Natural Science A field, the exams for English, Mathematics B, Chemistry, Physics, and Japanese will be administered. English, Mathematics B, Physics and Chemistry will be especially taken into consideration to decide successful candidates.

Finally, for Natural Science B & C fields, the English, Mathematics B, Chemistry, Biology, and Japanese exams are given. English, Mathematics B, Chemistry and Biology will be especially taken into consideration to decide successful candidates.

Language Proficiency

The English test is identical to the Research students’ exams. Details can be found in this article above, under the Research Student Exams portion. Unfortunately, past papers and detailed information were not given for the Japanese test.

Math

There are two types of Math tests: Mathematics A and B. While no syllabus is provided for the Math exam, you can expect a diverse selection of questions, from simple equations to functions, integers, geometry (plane, space, analytical), trigonometry, probability, and even statistics. There are approximately 7 questions per exam, and each question is quite advanced.

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Chemistry

The Chemistry test is comprised of questions on various topics like the elements and the periodic table, concentration calculations, balancing equations, experiment analysis, organic chemistry, amino acids, and other miscellaneous questions.

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Physics

The physics exam covers a wide range of topics given in multiple choice and fill in the blank formats. Questions include calculating shorter equations on velocity and angles of refraction to lengthier, experiment-analysis type problems.

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Biology

The Biology test covers ecological and molecular biology topics, given in a multiple choice or fill in the blank format.

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College of Technology Students Exams

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College of Technology Students must take language proficiency tests in English and Japanese, as well as subject exams for Math, Physics, and Chemistry.

Language Proficiency

While specific syllabus and past papers are not disclosed for the Japanese and English tests, you can expect to see something similar to the Undergraduate and Research students tests mentioned above.

Math

The Math exam for College of Technology Students is comprised of questions like solving equations, vectors, sequences, logarithms, integrals, and matrices.

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Chemistry

The Chemistry Exam is given in a multiple choice and fill in the blank format. Questions include those on properties of the periodic table and its elements, molecular mass and mole calculations, balancing equations, and organic chemistry.

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Physics

The Physics Exam is comprised of short multiple choice or fill in the blank type questions. It covers a wide range of topics and contains problems on wave displacement, the ideal gas law, electric potential, and force and acceleration calculations.

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Specialized Training College Students Exam

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Specialized Training students are required to take language proficiency tests in both English and Japanese. The only other requirement is the Mathematics subject exam.

Language Proficiency

While specific syllabus and past papers are not disclosed for the Japanese and English tests, you can expect to see something similar to the Undergraduate and Research students tests mentioned above.

Math

The Math exam for the Specialized Training College Students Exam is rather short with approximately three sections. Topics include problems like solving exponential equations, finding angles, and analyzing functions.

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Phew!

What a stressful list! But don’t worry, for by reading through this article you have already accomplished the first step in your journey towards success! While a perfect score is the ultimate goal, various sources recommend aiming for an 80% or above for correct answers. So no need to fret! Let’s go ace that MEXT Scholarship Exam!