EIKEN test administration

Please note: EIKEN application forms and procedures are currently offered in Japanese only. The English information below is provided as an additional reference. To apply to take the EIKEN test, please visit our main website (requires Japanese).

Test dates:

2021-2022 academic year

Summer Session 2021
Application period

Individual applications: March 25-April 15
Bookstore applications: The deadline for bookstore applications is April 4. Applications must arrive at the Eiken Foundation by April 13 (local time).

Group applications: April 5-April 30
Bookstore applications: The deadline for bookstore applications is April 23. Applications must arrive at the Eiken Foundation by April 27 (local time).

Test Dates StageTest datesOnline pass/fail notification dateArrival date of test results
First stage May 21 Group test sites A June 14 June 22
May 22 Group test sites B
May 23 Group test sites C
May 28 Group test sites D
May 29 Group test sites E
May 30 Public test sites,
Group test sites F
June 12 Group test sites G
(Grade 4,5)
June 29 July 6
Second stage June 27 Public test sites A
Group test sites A
July 6 July 13
July 4 Public test sites B
(Grade 2-3),
Group test sites B
July 13 July 20
July 11 Public test sites C
(Only Grade 1, Pre-1)
July 20 July 27
Important notes
  • Regarding group test sites for the first stage, please choose only one date from A to G.
  • Although multiple test dates are offered, the same individual is not allowed to apply for the same grade more than once.
  • Testing accommodations for persons with disabilities and international test dates for the first stage are only available on the D, E, and F test dates.
Fall Session 2021
Application period

Individual applications: August 1-August 27
Bookstore applications: The deadline for bookstore applications is August 20. Applications must arrive at the Eiken Foundation by August 24 (local time).

Group applications: August 15-September 10
Bookstore applications: The deadline for bookstore applications is September 3. Applications must arrive at the Eiken Foundation by September 7 (local time).

Test Dates StageTest datesOnline pass/fail notification dateArrival date of test results
First stage October 1 Group test sites A October 25 November2
October 2 Group test sites B
October 3 Group test sites C
October 8 Group test sites D
October 9 Group test sites E
October 10 Public test sites,
Group test sites F
October 23 Group test sites G
(Grade 4,5)
November 9 November 16
Second stage November 7 Public test sites A
Group test sites A
November 16 November 23
November 14 Public test sites B
(Grade 2-3),
Group test sites B
November 23 November 30
November 23 Public test sites C
(Only Grade 1, Pre-1)
December 2 December 9
Important notes
  • Regarding group test sites for the first stage, please choose only one date from A to G.
  • Although multiple test dates are offered, the same individual is not allowed to apply for the same grade more than once.
  • Testing accommodations for persons with disabilities and international test dates for the first stage are only available on the D, E, and F test dates.
Winter Session 2022
Application period

Individual and Group applications: November 1-December 10
Bookstore applications: The deadline for bookstore applications is December 3. Applications must arrive at the Eiken Foundation by December 7 (local time).

Test Dates StageTest datesOnline pass/fail notification dateArrival date of test results
First stage January 14 Group test sites A February 7 February 15
January 15 Group test sites B
January 16 Group test sites C
January 21 Group test sites D
January 22 Group test sites E
January 23 Public test sites,
Group test sites F
February 5 Group test sites G
(Grade 4,5)
February 22 March 1
Second stage February 20 Public test sites A
Group test sites A
March 1 March 8
February 27 Public test sites B
(Grade 2-3),
Group test sites B
March 8 March 15
March 6 Public test sites C
(Only Grade 1, Pre-1)
March 15 March 22
Important notes
  • Regarding group test sites for the first stage, please choose only one date from A to G.
  • Although multiple test dates are offered, the same individual is not allowed to apply for the same grade more than once.
  • Testing accommodations for persons with disabilities and international test dates for the first stage are only available on the D, E, and F test dates.

2020-2021 academic year

Summer Session 2020
Application period

Currently accepting new applications for Group Test Sites only
March 13 - June 5, 22:00

First stage

Public Test Sites: June 28
Group test sites: Jun 28 or July 17 or 18 or 25

Second stage Public Test Sites: August 23
Group test sites:August 22 or 23
* At selected test sites, Grade 1 will be administered on August 22.
For details, click here. (Japanese only)
Fall Session 2020
Application period Public test sites
Wednesday, July 1 to Friday, July 24

Individual applications
- Online applications (via Quick, ei-navi, Eiken website)
- Convenience store applications

Group applications
- Online applications (via group registration)

Group test sites
Monday, August 3 to Thursday, September 10

Group test applications
- Online applications (via group registration, group support system)
- Applications by mail or FAX
- Bookstore applications
The deadline for bookstore applications is Friday, September 4.

The deadline and procedure for applications is subject to change. For updated information, please click here. (Japanese).
First stage

October 11
Group test sites: October 3 or 11
Junior high schools and high schools: October 2

Second stage November 8 and 15
Winter Session 2021
Application period November 20 – December 10 (Bookstore applications by December 4)
First stage

January 24, 2021
Group test sites: January 23 or 24
Junior high schools and high schools: January 22

Second stage February 21 and 28, 2021

Locations

EIKEN grades/dates offered depend on the type of test site, as follows:

First stage

Type of test site 1 Pre-1 2 Pre-2 3 4 5
Public (Sunday)
Group (Saturday or Sunday)
Junior high schools and high schools (Friday or Saturday)

Second stage

Type of test site 1* Pre-1 2 Pre-2 3 4 5
Public (Sunday)
  • *The second stage for Grade 1 is offered in Sapporo, Sendai, Yokohama, Tokyo, Niigata, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Naha; and internationally in Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York and London.

To qualify for the second stage (speaking test), an examinee must have passed the first stage of that grade within the past year.

Grade 4 and 5 Speaking Tests

The Grades 4 and 5 speaking tests are not face-to-face interviews. Instead, they are online speaking tests which can be accessed through a test website by computer, smartphone, or tablet at home or at school. For more details, please visit our Japanese site here.

Types of test sites

Public test sites (honkaijo)

Public test sites (honkaijo) are the approximately 400 official EIKEN test centers in 230 Japanese cities and in Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York and London. Public test sites offer both stages of all seven EIKEN grades, with the exception of the Grade 1 second stage which is offered in Sapporo, Sendai, Yokohama, Tokyo, Niigata, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Naha; and internationally in Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York and London. Visit our main website for a full list of public test-site regions (requires Japanese).

Group test sites (junkaijo)

Group test sites (junkaijo) are the approximately 18,000 junior high schools, high schools, colleges, and other institutions in Japan that have been approved to administer the EIKEN test on an individual basis. These locations offer the first stage of grades 2, Pre-2, 3, 4, and 5. The test is generally available only to persons affiliated with the institution, such as registered students. Visit the Japanese website for detailed information about group test sites (requires Japanese).

International public test sites

Outside Japan, EIKEN is offered publicly in Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York and London. Each of these test sites has its own webpage with application instructions, maps, and other local information. Click here to learn more about the international test sites (requires Japanese).

International group test sites

Approximately 100 institutions in 48 countries outside Japan have been approved to administer the EIKEN test on an individual basis. The test is generally available only to persons affiliated with the institution, such as registered students. Test dates and EIKEN grades offered may differ according to location. Visit our main website for detailed information about group test sites (requires Japanese).

Fees(2021 academic year)

  Types of test sites 1 Pre-1 2 Pre-2 3 4 5
First stage Second stage
Group
only
Group
(New type)
Group Group - - 6,100 5,400 4,400 2,900 2,500
Group
(Current type)
Group Public - - 6,500 5,800 4,800 2,900 2,500
Group
(New type)
Public Group - - 9,300 8,800 7,500 4,900 4,500
Individual
/Group
Public Public Public 12,600 10,700 9,700 9,200 7,900 4,900 4,500

Click here to learn about the international public test sites' fees (requires Japanese).

Times

First stage

Morning
EIKEN Grade Time test site opens : Be seated by : Time test begins : Test ends at* :
Pre-1 8:30 9:20 10:00 12:05
Pre-2 8:50 9:40 10:20 12:05
4 9:25 9:50 10:30 11:35
Afternoon
EIKEN Grade Time test site opens : Be seated by : Time test begins : Test ends at* :
1 12:40 13:20 14:00 16:20
2 12:50 13:30 14:10 16:00
3 13:20 14:00 14:40 16:00
5 13:35 14:00 14:40 15:30
  • *For the 2020-2 test administration, to help reduce congestion at test sites, the seating time will vary according to grade. Please be careful.
    There is also a starting time from which examinees will be admitted to the test site. In order to prevent overcrowding, please do not come to the test site before this time.

    Test administrations held on Friday and Saturday will have different times than the times above.(Times are decided at the discretion of each group)
    Please contact the person in charge of Eiken for your group directly.
  • *Test ending times are approximate

Second stage

Time designated on examinee card

  • Morning:Pre-1, Pre-2
  • Afternoon:1, 2, 3
  • *Grades 1 and 3 may be administered in the morning at some locations.

Terms and Conditions

Test takers agree to the following terms and conditions (as set forth in the “EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency Terms and Conditions” below) when applying to take the EIKEN Test. Please be sure to confirm the Test Terms and Conditions and other important matters for taking the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency before applying.

Application procedures and instructions

There are no age, occupational, or educational restrictions or prerequisites for taking the EIKEN tests. Candidates are also free to attempt any grade they wish, regardless of what other grades they may have attempted previously. To take an EIKEN test, a candidate must submit an application form and pay the appropriate test fee in advance. Applications are only accepted during the application periods specified above. All official application forms and instructions are in Japanese.

Within Japan, there are several ways to apply. Click below to view detailed instructions for each method (provided in Japanese).

  • * All application materials are free of charge.

Upon receipt of an application and payment, EIKEN administrators will determine an appropriate test site according to the examinee’s location and send confirmation and instructions no later than six days prior to the test date.

First-stage waiver

If an examinee passes the first stage of an EIKEN grade but fails or is unable to sit for the second stage, he or she is entitled to three additional attempts at the second stage without needing to re-take the first stage. This waiver is valid for one year (three testing sessions). For example, an examinee who passed the first stage of Grade Pre-1 in the 2010 Winter Session but failed the second stage may proceed directly to the second stage in the Summer 2010, Fall 2010, and Winter 2011 sessions.

To claim the waiver:

  1. 1.Apply for the test within the designated application period and pay the full fee for that grade.
  2. 2.On the appropriate section of the application form, enter the test session in which the first stage was passed and personal examinee number from that test session.

Double examination

An examinee may sit for two consecutive grades on the same day, such as Grade Pre-1 (morning) and Grade 1 (afternoon), or Grade Pre-2 (morning) and Grade 3 (afternoon). However, the same grade may not be taken twice in the same session. A separate application is required for each grade.

Filling in the answer sheet

Pencils Only

Examinees should bring a pencil and eraser to the test site. Aside from the English Composition portions of Grades 1, Pre-1, and 2 EIKEN answer sheets are machine graded and must be filled in using an HB or mechanical pencil. Answer sheets completed in ballpoint pen, felt marker, or any writing instrument other than a pencil will not be graded.

Prior to test day, especially for very young examinees, it may be helpful to practice filling in the personal information section of the answer sheet. Click below to download samples in PDF format:

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Delivery of test results

Pass/fail notification

After the first stage, examinees will receive pass/fail notification by postal mail no later than six days prior to the second stage test date.

Examinees who qualify for and complete the second stage will receive final pass/fail notification approximately two weeks after the test.

EIKEN Score Report

Examinees wishing to use their test results outside Japan for school admissions or visa purposes may order an EIKEN Score Report by contacting the EIKEN Study Abroad Information Center online or by calling (03) 3266-6839. There is a handling charge of 2,200 yen per report.

The report is a secure document with the applicant's name, address, phone number, photo identification, EIKEN examination date, and a breakdown of scores by test component. If the report is being used for admissions purposes, we will submit the document directly to the institution if so required.

Note to institutions outside Japan: Please do not accept score reporting methods other than the EIKEN Score Report described above. If you are unsure whether a report you have received is legitimate, please contact us.