EIKEN Grades

Each of the seven EIKEN grades is a separate test with a unique set of test items and tasks designed for that level. The grades are designed to provide well-defined steps that can act as both motivational goals and concrete measures of English ability as learners move through the spectrum of commonly recognized ability levels.

About EIKEN Grades

Level comparison

EIKEN Grade CEFR Comparison Example of recognition/use
1 C1 International admissions to graduate and undergraduate programs; MEXT* benchmark for English instructors (Pre-1)
Pre-1 B2
2 B1 MEXT benchmarks for high school graduates
Pre-2 A2
3 A1 MEXT benchmark for junior high school graduates
  • *The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)