Rika Chinen achieves special-A grade in English Test

Rika Chinen achieves special-A grade in English Test

Rika Chinen, third grade student of Okinawa Shogaku High School.

January 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 17, 19 year-old Rika Chinen from Okinawa Shogaku High School obtained the special-A grade, the highest grade of the United Nations Associations Test of English that requires skills to communicate freely at international conference level.

She said, “I wanted to pass the test while I was at high school, so I am very glad that I managed to do so.”

The test is difficult. Statistics from 2008 to 2010 indicate that successful applicants’ TOEIC score has been 967 and the test includes questions related to relatively difficult subjects, including international affairs. To prepare for the test she exchanged opinions about current affairs with her English teacher in English. In December, when she took the final test in Tokyo it touched upon the Senkaku Islands dispute and the Syrian conflict.

“I made friends with a young Korean when I went to the United States to study and we talked about our views of history. That made me think of working in the United Nations in future.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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