Standardized university entrance exams start Saturday

More than 510,000 university hopefuls are sitting for standardized entrance exams across Japan this weekend.

The tests are being held at 679 locations on Saturday and Sunday.

The National Center for University Entrance Examinations is urging test takers to familiarize themselves with the protocols before arrival.

The exams are being held amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

Officials say people with symptoms such as severe fatigue or a fever of 38 degrees Celsius or higher should apply for supplementary tests to be held on January 28 and 29.

The exams results are expected to be used for screening processes at 870 universities nationwide.