EIKEN Exam Preparation Course

EIKEN Exam Preparation Course

EIKEN Exam Preparation Course

EIKEN Exam Preparation Course

The EIKEN exams are Japan's most widely administered English-language proficiency testing program, with more than 90 million examinees since 1963. The EIKEN tests are backed by the Japanese education ministry and recognised at thousands of institutions in Japan and internationally. EIKEN can be used as a language-skills certificate for study abroad as it is recognised in approximately 400 universities and educational institutions throughout the world.

The EIKEN exams are written using a unique format that can often cause confusion for learners who have not prepared to answer questions in that specific way. That is why we use real past exam papers so that you know what to expect on the day of the exam.

The exam is split into 2 parts; the first part focusses on reading, writing and listening, and a second stage which includes a face-to-face speaking component. Both stages are covered in this course to ensure you feel confident and fully prepared.

Your teacher will assess your strengths and weaknesses and will provide material in addition to the official EIKEN past papers to focus on any areas of vocabulary and grammar that you require.

This EIKEN preparation course covers the following EIKEN grades:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade Pre-1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade Pre-2
  • Grade 3
*We do not cover Grades 4 and 5 because it is recommended that students preparing for these grades work with an English teacher who can also speak Japanese. This is due to the complicated instructions and format of the exam.

You can download a self-assessment grid of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) here.

You can find out more information on the recent changes to the EIKEN tests here.

EIKEN Grade EIKEN CSE Score CEFR Comparison Example of recognition/use
1 2630 - 3400 C1 International admissions to graduate and undergraduate programs; MEXT(*1) benchmark for English instructors (Pre-1)
Pre-1 2304 - 3000 B2 International admissions to graduate and undergraduate programs; MEXT(*1) benchmark for English instructors (Pre-1)
2 1980 - 2600 B1 MEXT benchmarks for high school graduates
Pre-2 1284 - 1800(*2) A2 MEXT benchmarks for high school graduates
3 0 - 1700 A1 MEXT benchmark for junior high school graduates
  • *1 The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
  • *2 Grade Pre-2 and below only includes 3 skills.
Source: https://www.eiken.or.jp/eiken/en/grades/


Please note that these lessons are aimed at students who are also studying English for the EIKEN exam by themselves or in classes. It is not a general conversation course, and its aim is to help students get over the difficult threshold that is often necessary for high school and university entrance exams. If you would like to improve your conversation skills, we recommend one of our other courses such as 'All Talk' or 'Book Club'. Please ask your teacher for advice.


DISCLAIMER

Neither this course nor Intrepid English has been endorsed by the EIKEN Foundation of Japan. Nihon Eigo Kentei Kyokai, or the EIKEN Foundation of Japan (formerly the Society for Testing English Proficiency, Inc.). EIKEN produces and administers English-proficiency tests with the backing of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and in cooperation with Japanese prefectural and local boards of education, public and private schools, and other leading testing bodies. Intrepid English has no affiliation with any of these organisations. We shall endeavour to keep this course up to date, but Intrepid English shall not be held responsible if changes in the EIKEN test are not immediately reflected in our course. Students are advised to use the EIKEN website for definitive information.

Teachers

Lida Rocman
English Teacher
Thomas Stewart
English Teacher
Gemma McLean
English Teacher
Lorraine Venables
English Teacher and Founder of Intrepid English