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Kenkyuusei Selection is a selection, where staffs will test the perfomance skills of the Kenkyuusei. Who passes the test will stay, and who fails the test will be kicked out, or forced to graduate from AKB48.

AKB48 Kenkyuusei Selection

1st Kenkyuusei Selection

Participants: 4th to 7th generation

Results: 2009.01.19

Drop-outs: Muranaka Satomi, Suzuki Nae, Fujimoto Sara, Arima Yuka, Hatayama Arisa, Tomita Mayu

2nd Kenkyuusei Selection

Participants: 4th to 7th generation

Drop-outs: ---

3rd Kenkyuusei Selection

Participants: 8th generation

Results: 2009.12.01

Drop-outs: Asai Madoka, Ishibe Aya, Ishii Ayaka, Kaku Grace, Komizu Nanami, Miki Nikoru, Muranaka Satomi, Sakamoto Rio, Sugiyama Miku, Tomite Ami

4th Kenkyuusei Selection

Participants: 8th to 9th generation

Results: 2010.06.20

Drop-outs: Ishiguro Atsuki, Kinumoto Momoko, Fujimoto Sara

5th Kenkyuusei Selection

Participants: 8th to 10th generation

Results: 2010.10.05

Drop-outs: Sano Yuriko, Iwasaki Hitomi

6th Kenkyuusei Selection

Participants: 12th to 13th generation

Results: 2012.08.05

Drop-outs: Amemiya Maika, Kita Shiori, Hasegawa Haruna, Moriyama Sakura, Watanabe Nene

GNZ48 Trainee Selection

On October 5, 2018, the operator released the implementation rules for the preparatory phase-out system, which means that the trainees scores will be supported by fans (performance voting, handshake and Weibo fan data), professional skills (vocal, Dance and special talent), idol awareness (learning and daily work attitude, stress resistance, seniors anonymous voting) and other three aspects. After the end of each season, the operator will announce the scores of the trainee selection; those who do not score the qualifying line will be suspended for all activities, leaving the group. The system has been implemented since December 1.

1st Trainee Selection

Participants: All trainees

Results: December, 2018

Drop-outs: Wang MengYuan, Li ChenXi, Xiao WenJing