About EIKEN Grade 3
Grade 3 is a compilation of the basic skills acquired for Grades 5 and 4. This level is aimed at Japanese junior high school graduates. Examinees are expected to be able to understand and use language concerning familiar, everyday topics, such as likes and dislikes, and basic personal and family information. In order to accurately measure examinees’ speaking ability, an interview test is included from Grade 3 onward. The examination is divided into two parts, Stage 1 (a written examination including a listening section) and Stage 2 (an interview-format speaking test). As of the June 2017 test, a writing test has been added to Stage 1 of the examination.
- Pass level comparison
- Level description
- Overview of test structure
- Summary of Can-do statements
- Virtual speaking test (Grade 3)
Pass level comparison
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Can understand and use language concerning familiar, everyday topics such as likes and dislikes and basic personal and family information.
Overview of test structure
Time allotted: Reading & Writing（50 minutes）／ Listening（app. 27 minutes）
|Skill area||Task||Format||Items||Response type|
|Reading||Sentence completion||15 short texts (one or two sentences/dialogues) from which one word or phrase has been omitted||15||Multiple-choice (Four printed options)|
|Gap fill in dialogues||5 short texts (dialogues) from which one or two phrases have been omitted||5|
|Q&A based on passages||Poster, advertisement, or memo||2|
|Letter or e-mail||3|
|Writing||English Composition||1 topic question||1||30-40 word composition|
|Listening||Conversation completion||Examinees listen to short conversations and choose the best response to complete the last turn of the conversation. An illustration provides contextual information about the situation.||10||Multiple-choice (Three recorded options)|
|Q&A based on dialogues||10 recorded conversations followed by questions. All conversations are heard twice.||10||Multiple-choice (Four printed options)|
|Q&A based on monologues||10 recorded stories or explanations followed by questions. All stories/explanations are heard twice.||10|
Family, friends, school, hobbies, travel, shopping, sports, movies, music, food, weather, giving directions, introducing oneself, plans for a holiday, one’s recent activities, foreign cultures, people profiles, history, etc.
English interview (app. 5 min.)
|Skill area||Task||Format||Time allotted||Notes|
|Speaking||Oral reading||Preparation||Examinee reads passage on question card silently||20 seconds||
No. of Examiners:1
|Reading aloud||Examinee reads passage aloud|
|Q&A||No. 1||Examiner asks question based on content of passage|
|No. 2||Examiner asks question about illustration on card|
|No. 3||Examiner asks question about illustration on card|
|No. 4||Examiner asks question to elicit examinee’s opinion about topic related to everyday life (may not be related to topic of passage)|
|No. 5||Examiner asks question to elicit examinee’s opinion about topic related to everyday life (may not be related to topic of passage)|
Summary of Can-do statements
Below are summaries of the main features of the tasks and activities that typical Grade 3 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situations.
|Reading||Can understand simple stories and texts about familiar things.|
|Listening||Can understand instructions and talks and monologues about familiar things, provided that the speaker speaks slowly.|
|Speaking||Can take part in simple interaction about familiar things and talk about himself/herself.|
|Writing||Can write simple texts about himself/herself.|
Virtual speaking test (Grade 3)
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)