About EIKEN Grade 1

Grade 1 is the final goal for EIKEN examinees. Examinees are expected to be able to understand and use the English necessary to participate effectively in a wide range of social, professional, and educational situations. Grade 1 is a highly respected qualification with a wide range of practical benefits, such as its usefulness in applying to post-secondary academic institutions, obtaining academic credits, receiving exemption from the written section of the English section of the National Examination for Guide Interpreters, and studying overseas. The examination is divided into two parts: Stage 1 (a written examination including a listening section) and Stage 2 (an interview-format speaking test).

Pass level comparison

EIKEN EIKEN CSE Score TEAP CEFR TOEFL® score
PBT iBT
Grade 1 2630 396 C1 600 100
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Level description

Can understand and use the English necessary to participate effectively in a wide range of social, professional, and educational situations.

Overview of test structure

First stage

Time allotted: Reading & Writing(100 minutes)/ Listening(app. 30 minutes)

Skill area Task Format Items Response type
Reading Sentence completion 25 short texts (one or two sentences/dialogues) from which one word or phrase has been omitted 25 Multiple-choice
(Four printed options)
Gap fill (passages) 2 passages from which several words or phrases have been omitted 6
Q&A based on passages 2 passages followed by questions 6
1 extended passage followed by questions 4
Writing English Composition 1 topic question 1 200-word composition on a given topic
Listening Q&A based on dialogues 10 recorded conversations/discussions followed by questions 10 Multiple-choice
(Four printed options)
Q&A based on monologues 5 recorded announcements, advertisements, news stories, or short lectures followed by questions 10
Real-life Listening

5 recorded announcements, advertisements, news stories, or short lectures followed by questions

(Examinees read a short description of the situation, and the question, before listening.)

5
Q&A based on long interview 1 recorded interview followed by questions 2
Topics

General social situations, arts, culture, history, education, science, nature, environment, medicine, technology, business, politics, etc.

Second stage

English interview (app. 10 min.)

Skill area Task Format Time allotted Notes
Speaking Conversation Examiners engage examinee in free conversation 1 minute

Evaluation Categories:
Short Speech
Interaction
Grammar and Vocabulary
Pronunciation

No. of Examiners: 2

Short speech Preparation Examinee chooses 1 topic from 5 choices on Topic Card 1 minute
Examinee prepares speech based on topic
Delivery Examinee gives speech based on topic 2 minute
Q&A Examiners ask questions based on speech content and topic 4 minute

Summary of Can-do statements

Below are summaries of the main features of the tasks and activities that typical Grade 1 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situations

Reading Can understand a wide variety of texts from a range of social, professional, and educational situations.
Listening Can understand a wide variety of content from a range of social, professional, and educational situations.
Speaking Can take part in interaction on a wide variety of topics relevant to a range of social, professional, and educational situations.
Writing Can write at length about topics relevant to a range of social, professional, and educational situations.

Virtual speaking test (Grade 1)

An animated, easy-to-understand walkthrough of the Stage 2 Interview Test, showing the entire process from the time the examinee enters the room until he or she leaves it. (requires Japanese)