Eiken offers a variety of English-proficiency tests and other learning materials for the Japanese market.

Test in Practical English Proficiency
(Jitsuyo Eigo Gino Kentei/EIKEN)

Japan's most widely administered English-language proficiency testing program, with more than 90 million examinees since 1963. The EIKEN tests, which assess all four skills and include a face-to-face speaking component, are backed by the Japanese education ministry and recognized at thousands of institutions in Japan and internationally.

Refer to the EIKEN menu above for more details about Japan's national English test.

Eiken Junior

A suite of tests offered in three levels (BRONZE, SILVER, and GOLD) and made up of listening tasks designed to encourage young children to learn English. Eiken Junior was first administered in 1994 and continues to grow in popularity. An online version of the tests was released in 2009. For more information, visit the Eiken Junior website in English or Japanese.


The EIKEN IBA (Institution Based Assessment) is a placement test that can be used by groups to check English levels. Both personal and group score reports are given to provide better feedback. The EIKEN IBA is easier to use and provides better feedback than the earlier Eigo Noryoku Hantei Tesuto (Placement Test). With 5 different levels (A, B, C, D, and E) based on the EIKEN test, you are sure to find a test that suits your group’s needs. The EIKEN IBA only takes 45 minutes to complete and costs 500JPY per examinee, so will fit easily into your group.

(International English Language Testing System)

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is the world's proven test. Due to its high quality controls, IELTS is accepted by thousands of organisations in over 135 countries.

(Test of English for Academic Purposes)

The Test of English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) is a test for university admissions purposes developed jointly by the Eiken Foundation of Japan and Sophia University. TEAP is designed to measure the English skills needed by Japanese high school students to study at the university level in the EFL context of Japan. From 2016, the TEAP CBT (which utilizes ICT-type questions) is also available to examinees.

(Business Language Testing Service)

BULATS is a language assessment service produced by Cambridge English Language Assessment and distributed in Japan through Eiken Foundation of Japan, which offers a quick and reliable way of assessing the language ability of groups of students, job applicants, trainees or employees.

Eigo Noryoku Hantei Tesuto
(Placement Test)

A suite of tests offered in four levels (A, B, C, and D) and used by companies and institutions to place or evaluate English learners. The tests use a combination of past EIKEN test items to evaluate learners' reading and listening skills, providing clients a fast, accurate, and affordable method for measuring student abilities or progress. The tests take approximately one hour to administer, and results are provided electronically in three days or less. To learn more, visit the Placement Test website (requires Japanese).


This Internet service supports English learners who are aiming to take EIKEN Tests. It offers learning materials optimized for each individual through a cycle of measurement, analysis and e-learning.

Other Learning Materials

The Eiken Foundation of Japan main website features a wide range of content for English-language learners, including publications such as the EIKEN Times, podcasts, celebrity interviews, and interactive exercises to help examinees prepare for the EIKEN tests. Please note that all features require the ability to display Japanese characters.