The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind. (William James)
It's May and the college entrance exam score disclosures are back. This year, too, some students struggled with one or two points. At many of the former imperial universities, the border is around 65%, and the highest score is around 80% correct. There, about three times as many students rush to take the exam. Medical schools are even tougher, with students aiming for 80% and a maximum score of 80%. In other words, everyone is lined up within a very narrow range.
It is not an anomaly or a "close call," but a natural result that one or two points determines whether an applicant passes or fails.
Where do the one or two points come from? It is not a question of "whether or not one can solve a difficult problem," but rather an ordinary mistake, such as a calculation error or overlooking a condition in an average problem (although it would be difficult for an average student to solve a problem at the level of the former Imperial University of Tokyo). The difference between passing and failing the exam is not academic.
Therefore, if you want to pass the entrance examination of the former imperial university, it is effective to "cut out all measures for difficult questions" and "never make mistakes in ordinary questions. However, many students tend to only take measures against difficult questions because of the wrong guidance of prep schools and teachers.