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Entrance Test

How can I get copies of past entrance tests?

They are available at bookstores. The latest edition, which includes the latest test held in February, is sold through the "Koe no Kyouikusha" company in May each year. It costs 2592 yen. It is also availble at the school office on "open days". Back numbers are also available.

For people living in rural areas or are unable to obtain a copy through a bookstore, The school offers a delivery service. Please enclose a label (about the size of a business card) with your address on it in an envelope and send to the school's address.

How can I get an application form?

Application forms are available from the school office from mid-September. They are also given out at school "open days." Please ask at the dormitory office should the school office be closed.

Other ways to obtain application forms:

Mail:
Please see the Japanese website for details.

Download from the Japanese website

It is possible to take more than one entrance test? If so how much is the fee?

It is possible to take multiple tests。The fee is 25000 yen per test. There is no discount for taking multiple tests. However, if multiple tests are applied for, the fee will be refunded for any remaining tests if teh student passes and enrols in the school. Example Application for A, B and "returnee student" entrance test: FEE: 3 * 25000 = 75000 yen If the student passes the A test and enrolls, 50000 yen will be refunded. If the student passes the B test and enrolls, 25000 yen will be refunded.

Is there any advantage in taking multiple tests?

Your determination to enrol in the school will be taken into account in "borderline pass" situations.

What is the "A" entrance test?

The "A" entrance test is a two-subject test. You can choose from: 1. Japanese and arithmetic 2. Japanese and mathematics 3. Japanese and English Full details can be found on the Japanese website.

Is the English test difficult?

The test involves long readings and comprehension questions. The difficulty level is around Eiken level 2. Please take a look at past exam questions to get a better idea of the level.

How are the entrance tests graded?

1. The "A" entrance test (Japanese + Math, Japanese + English) is graded in two stages.
1) The student will pass if he or she achieves a very high score in one subject and a pass grade in the second subject. However, the pass grade is different each year.
2) The student will pass if he or she achieves acceptable scores in the test and recieves additional points from submitting "extra qualifications."
※ It is not necessary to submit "extra qualifications" in order to take the test.

2. The student will pass if he or she achieves high scores in both subjects of the Japanese+math test.

3.The "B" entrance test.
A pass mark is determined from scores in all four subjects.

4. "Returnee student" entrance test
A pass mark is determined from scores in the two-subject test and an interview test.

Do students who use the Kumon study method have an advantage in the entrance test?

Experience with the Kumon Study Method is not considered in the grading of the entrance test. However, students who are advanced in the Kumon Study Method (Japanese, mathematics, or English) can include their Kumon level in their application for the "A" entrance test.

Dormitory

How can I become a dormitory student?

There are basically three kinds of dormitory student:

1. Full time dormitory students: As a rule, students live in the dormitory until they graduate high school.
・after starting school, students can also enter the dormitory for short periods in special circumstances.
・your travel time to school does not disqualify you from entering the dormitory.
・under special circumstances, leaving the dormitory is allowed.

2. Dormitory Camp students: This is an optional camp for non-dormitory first-grade students to experience group-living. You can choose between first semester and second semester.

3. Short-Term dormitory students: Students can enter the dormitory in special circumstances such as when injury makes travel difficult or when parents have to go overseas.

Can dormitory students go home on weekends?

If parents make arrangements with the dormitory staff, students can go home from Friday evening until Sunday.

Can dormitory students take lessons (for example: music) outside of school?

There is a Piano Teacher and a violin teacher giving private lessons at the dormitory. In the case of lessons outside the school, students must submit a form to the dormitory staff. Students are allowed out from the end of classes until curfew(7pm) on weekdays. Students are also free to take outside lessons on the weekends.

What percentage of students are in the dormitory?

At present, around twenty percent of students live in the dormitory full-time.

Other

How would you describe Kumon Kokusai Gakuen in one sentence?

A coeducational school with an informal atmosphere that places importance on the individuality of students.

What are the school fees?

Details can be found on the Japanese website

Are there any extra courses to assist returnee students?

When students are struggling with a subject, they can use the kumon study method to study at home. If students are struggling with classes, there are "catch-up classes" for junior high school first and second grade students.

My child has no experience with the Kumon Study Method. Is that a problem?

Not at all. Around 50 percent of the first year student population has had no experience with the Kumon Method.

What happens if a parent is transferred overseas while their child is at Kumon?

There are two options:
1) As long as there is a place within Japan that can look after the student (during times such as when the dormitory is closed or when the student is very ill.) the student can become a dormitory student.
2)The student can quit the school and, after returning from overseas, re-join the school. This is on condition of approval by the principal. There is also an re-entrance fee. Please feel free to consult the school should you have any questions.

Tell me about the school bus from Oofuna station.

The bus is contracted from the Kanagawa Transport Company. The bus travels from the main bus terminal at Ofuna station directly to the school. It usually takes less than ten minutes. The bus schedule is adjusted to meet the needs of the school schedule.