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. EIKEN IBA provides three types of test modules; Reading and Listening module(RL), Writing and Speaking module(WS), and 4-skills module(RLWS). 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(Level C is currently available for WS and RLWS module). The EIKEN IBA RL and WS modules only takes 45 minutes each to complete, so it is easy to conduct a test within the time frame of one class.

(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.

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.