Scoring Error Robs Student of College Admission; Publisher of Past Entrance Exams Discovered Discrepancy

Here in East Asia, your admission to a school is almost entirely dependent on whether you pass its entrance exam. It’s such a big part of the culture that a single mistake affecting a single student is currently the most viewed story on the Yomiuri Shimbun‘s website.

Scoring Error Robs Student of College Admission; Publisher of Past Entrance Exams Discovered Discrepancy
Yomiuri Shimbun:
Staff Report, May 21, 2011

On the 20th, Kobe College (Nishinomiya, Hyogo) announced that because a correct answer was erroneously scored as incorrect on the Human Science Department’s General Entrance Exam, one student who had legitimately passed the test was instead told she had failed.

The Red Book Publishing Company, which publishes past university entrance exams, pointed out the university’s mistake on the answer key.

According to the university, there was a mistake in the multiple-choice answer key for the math portion of the Elective Subject Exam which 19 prospective students took on January 29. Two faculty members graded the test according to the key.

The unfairly failed student is already attending another university, and she does not wish to transfer to Kobe College. The university has sent her an official letter of apology, returned her examination fee, and paid her compensation.

Kobe College announced, “This should never happen, and we’re taking it very seriously. We will check our exams more strictly in the future and work hard to ensure it never happens again.”

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