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
- Level description
- Overview of test structure
- Summary of Can-do statements
- Virtual speaking test (Grade 1)
Pass level comparison
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Can understand and use the English necessary to participate effectively in a wide range of social, professional, and educational situations.
Overview of test structure
Time allotted: Reading & Writing（100 minutes）／ Listening（app. 35 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||200-240 word composition|
|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|
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.)
|Q&A based on long interview||1 recorded interview followed by questions||2|
General social situations, arts, culture, history, education, science, nature, environment, medicine, technology, business, politics, etc.
English interview (app. 10 min.)
|Skill area||Task||Format||Time allotted||Notes|
|Speaking||Conversation||Examiners engage examinee in free conversation||1 minute||
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 minutes|
|Q&A||Examiners ask questions based on speech content and topic||4 minutes|
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 a wide variety of 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)