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Taking the Chopsticks Test

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In Japan, a girls' high school has added a new test on its entrance exam: Besides math, literature and the arts, students will be tested on their skills with chopsticks. They must pick up marbles, beans and beads. Surveys in Japan suggest more young people are losing their touch with chopsticks, but the school says no one will be turned away if they fail the chopstick test.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

In Japan, a girls high school has added a new test on its entrance exam. Besides math, literature and the arts, students will be tested on their chopsticks skills. The 10-minute test has students using chopsticks to pickup marbles, beans and bees; bet you can't do that. Surveys in Japan suggest more young people are losing their touch with chopsticks. Still, the school says no one will be turned away if they fail the chopstick test.

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