About EIKEN Grade Pre-2
Grade Pre-2 is an important step towards the next grade as it combines the knowledge and application of basic skills acquired in Grades 5, 4, and 3. This level is aimed at second-year Japanese high school students. Examinees are expected to be able to understand and use English at a level sufficient to allow them to take part in general aspects of daily life. Grade Pre-2 certification provides a wider range of benefits than the lower levels, as it is useful for applying to post-secondary academic institutions and obtaining academic credits, in addition to serving as preparation for the National Center Test for University Admissions. The examination is divided into two parts, Stage 1 (with reading, writing, and listening tests) and Stage 2 (an interview-format speaking test). As of the June 2017 test, a writing test has been added to the first stage of the examination.
- Pass level comparison
- Level description
- Overview of test structure
- Summary of Can-do statements
- Virtual speaking test (Grade Pre-2)
Pass level comparison
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Can understand and use English at a level sufficient to allow him/her to take part in general aspects of daily life.
Overview of test structure
Time allotted: Reading & Writing（75 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 in dialogues||4 short texts (dialogues) from which one or two phrases have been omitted||5|
|Gap fill in passages||2 passages from which several words or phrases have been omitted||5|
|Q&A based on passages||2 passages followed by questions||7|
|Writing||English Composition||1 topic question||1||50-60 word composition|
|Listening||Conversation completion||Examinees listen to short conversations and choose the best response to complete the last turn of the conversation.||10||Multiple-choice(Three recorded options)|
|Q&A based on dialogues||10 recorded conversations/discussions followed by questions||10||Multiple-choice (Four printed options)|
|Q&A based on monologues||10 recorded stories or explanations followed by questions||10|
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. 6 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 trends, ideas, and issues broadly 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 Pre-2 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situations.
|Reading||Can find information on graphs and tables and understand simple expository texts.|
|Listening||Can understand topics from everyday life and simple explanations and instructions.|
|Speaking||Can handle routine tasks from everyday life and express his/her ideas about topics that he/she is interested in.|
|Writing||Can write simple texts about things he/she is interested in.|
Virtual speaking test (Grade Pre-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)