About EIKEN Grade 2
Grade 2 incorporates the knowledge and applied skills acquired up to Grade Pre-2 in a wide variety of real-life situations. This level is aimed at Japanese high school graduates. Examinees are expected to be able to understand and use English at a level sufficient to allow them to take part in social, professional, and educational situations. Grade 2 certification provides a wide range of benefits, such as its usefulness in applying to post-secondary academic institutions and obtaining academic credits, in addition to serving as preparation for the National Center Test for University Admissions. Furthermore, it is widely accepted as a qualification certifying general English ability for studying or working 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). From the first administration of the 2016 test, a writing test has been added to the first-stage test.
- Pass level comparison
- What is Grade 2A?
- Level description
- Overview of test structure
- Summary of Can-do statements
- Virtual speaking test (Grade 2)
Pass level comparison
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What is Grade 2A?
Grade 2A designates an examinee passing the Grade 2 test with a minimum EIKEN CSE score of 2150. This places the examinee between Grades 2 and Pre-1 within the EIKEN framework of ability levels.
Because the Grade 2A certification is used primarily for admissions at institutions outside Japan, the designation does not appear on the EIKEN pass/fail certificates sent to examinees within Japan. For those who have taken the Grade 2 test prior to June 2016, please contact EIKEN Study Abroad Information Center online or by calling (03) 3266-6839 to determine whether your scores qualify as Grade 2A. Inquirers will be asked to provide contact details and the examinee number that was issued when they took the Grade 2 test. Results are provided in 3-5 business days, and there is no charge.
Can understand and use English at a level sufficient to allow him/her to take part in social, professional, and educational situations.
Overview of test structure
Time allotted: Reading & Writing（85 minutes）／ Listening（app. 25 minutes）
|Skill area||Task||Format||Items||Response type|
|Reading||Sentence completion||20 short texts (one or two sentences/dialogues) from which one word or phrase has been omitted||20||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||3 passages followed by questions||12|
|Writing||English Composition||1 topic question with 3 suggested points||1||80 - 100 word composition|
|Listening||Q&A based on dialogues||15 recorded conversations/discussions followed by questions||15||Multiple-choice (Four printed options)|
|Q&A based on monologues||15 recorded announcements, advertisements, news stories, or short lectures followed by questions||15|
School, hobbies, travel, shopping, sports, movies, music, food, weather, giving directions, foreign cultures, profiles of people, history, education, sciences, nature, environment, etc.
English interview (app. 7min)
|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|
|Narration||No. 2||Preparation||Examinee reads card silently and prepares to narrate three-panel illustration shown on card||20 seconds|
|Narration||Examinee gives narration of illustration|
|Q&A||No. 3||Examiner asks question to elicit examinee’s opinion about trends, ideas, and issues broadly related to topic of passage|
|No. 4||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 2 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situations.
|Reading||Can understand lengthy expository texts and find necessary information in texts of a practical nature.|
|Listening||Can understand information and explanations relevant to everyday life and understand the content of extended speech.|
|Speaking||Can describe everyday experiences and convey his/her needs and requirements.|
|Writing||Can write texts at some length about topics from everyday life.|
Virtual speaking test (Grade 2)
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)