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YokosoNews Weekly #009


Live on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 (JST) at 4pm. The weekly live streaming show to talk about what's happening in Japan.


Testers (Students)

Achim, RAN Magazine & Albas Photogrpahy, Nagoya, Japan.
Glenn, Ideasponge, Florida
Venus, AniMaid Cafe, LA, CA
Mona. xv mona rose, Temecula CA
Naoko from Tokyo, Japan

took English Listening and English Reading and Grammer of Center Shiken in 2011



Please scroll down to download your test!



At 0:00:00 - Weekly news of Japan

At 0:31:40 - Introduction of Center Shiken (Standardized University Admission Test of Japan)

At 0:36:10 - Listening Test

At 1:22:40 - Grammar & Reading Test




It's the season of college entrance exam. Many Japanese high school students are trying to pass the college entrance exams.

Daigaku Nyushi Center Shiken (Center Shiken, 大学入試センター試験 or National Center Test for University Admissions) is the standardized test used by public and some private universities in Japan. It is held annually during a weekend in mid-January over a period of two days (Wikipedia)

It was last week. Half a million high school students took this Center Shiken.

YokosoNews got hold of the English test (Major Japanese newspapers usually distribute the tests within a day.)

It's been a while since Katz was one of those students. But now, he can speak English.

Why don't we take the test LIVE during YokosoNews Weekly. We love to see how English native speaker do on these test!


Experience of Japanse High School Students

If you want to tatse being a Japanese high school student working hard to take college entrance exam, why don't you take the English test.

Katz will be your Sensei (teacher), reading the Japanese questions in English, and listening test.

The Center Shiken uses OMR (or mark sheet). You only choose the right answer from the selections. Even you missed, you have the chance win the right answer.


What you need to get ready

  • A computer, which can open a PDF, and watch Ustream
  • A blank piece of paper, or a printer (recommended)



English - Listening

Download a question and answer sheet (PDF) to take a test!

Watch the video above to listen to the conversation by Katz.



No cheating! Download the answers ONLY after you finish!




English - Grammar & Reading

Download a question and answer sheet (PDF) to take a test!





No cheating! Download the answers ONLY after you finish!



Your Sensei (Teacher) Katz is waiting for your entry!



2 hour or more



Date & Time

Sunday, January, 23, 2011
4:00pm~6:00pm (Japan Standard Time)

* The program is subject to change, postpond or cancel at the last min.


Local times:

Location Week Date Time
USA/Pacific Saturday 1/22/2011 11:00pm~
USA/Central Sunday 1/23/2011 1:00am~
USA/Estern Sunday 1/23/2011 2:00am~
Sao Paulo Sunday 1/23/2011 5:00am~
London Sunday 1/23/2011 7:00am~
Madrid Sunday 1/23/2011 8:00am~
Paris Sunday 1/23/2011 8:00am~
Kuwait Sunday 1/23/2011 10:00am~
Moscow Sunday 1/23/2011 10:00am~
Mumbai Sunday 1/23/2011 12:30pm~
Bangkok Sunday 1/23/2011 2:00pm~
Singapore Sunday 1/23/2011 3:00pm~
Sydney Sunday 1/23/2011 6:00pm~

Click here for the extended list.



This page or http://yokosonews.tv

* This schedule may change due to the technical diffculty.


The Result

Here is the result


Achim: 44

Glenn: 44

Mona: 48

Venus: 44

Naoko: 50


Grammar & Reading

Achim: 183

Glenn: 142 (ran out of time)

Mona: 157

Venus: 176

Naoko: 190


How well did you do?



Katz Ueno
As the Editor-in-chief & Producer of YokosoNews, Katz wants to show Japan to the rest of the world. Read more »