563,768 students sit for college entrance exams across Japan
Japan Today -- Jan 16
The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday began two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 563,768 students-4,636 more than last year-are sitting for the exams at 693 test centers nationwide.

On Saturday, tests began at 9 a.m. with students sitting for exams in geography, history, civics, Japanese and foreign languages, Fuji TV reported. On Sunday, tests will be held in mathematics and science.

Typically, the test starts and ends at roughly the same time throughout the entire nation. As such, families have been urged to check weather and traffic reports and to ensure that their children arrive at test centers in plenty of time.

The standardized exam is used to grade students applying to public and private universities in Japan. The test results will be used by 843 public universities, private universities and junior colleges to grade applicants.

大学入試センター試験が16日から始まりました。今回は過去最多となる850校の大学­、短大が参加しています。 受験生:「頑張ったので、全力で出し切れたらと思います」「きのうは緊張して寝られな­かったです。

News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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