The present study analyzed the structure of cross-subject integrated tests designed for joint university entrance examinations in Japan. Recently, basic academic skills of university students are recognized to be at risk. It is because the government curriculum guideline is getting non-academic oriented while the accessibility of higher education in young generation is getting easier. Universities need to seek for a joint entrance examination system that supports standards for university education. Twenty-six item writers from diverse academic fields made 13 pairs for making questions. They created testing items requiring skills in two completely different subject areas, such as the Japanese language and physics. Two test forms were constructed and administrated to approximately 400 university students respectively. The score analyses showed that both turned out to be too difficult for general university candidates. However, according to factor analyses, interdisciplinary testing categorizations like ‘science of mathematics and materials' and ‘science of life and environment’ appeared promising.

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