Japanese adults to take OECD academic tests
Japanese adults will take a scholastic ability test that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, will introduce in 2011.
Japan's Education Ministry says the international comparison among adult populations will help improve its education and vocational training policies.
The OECD will test people between 16 and 65 years of age on reading, math and the ability to interpret charts and solve problems using information technology.
The test, called the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies, will examine 5,000 people from each country.
Twenty-five nations including Japan, the United States, Britain and South Korea are to take part.
The OECD will analyze how test scores relate to takers' earnings and academic and professional backgrounds. It will announce the results in 2013.
The OECD conducts a similar test on 15-year-olds every three years.