EIKEN (Jitsuyo Eigo Gino Kentei) is the most popular England Language proficiency test in Japan. This examination is backed by the Japanese government but is recognised in over 400 English-speaking academic institutions across the world most prominently in North America and Australia. It is most commonly used by Japanese nationals who wish to certify their English language abilities in order to study abroad.
There are 7 levels within the EIKEN offered as follows (with Grade 5 being the lowest level of language ability)
For each grade there are two stages to the assessment. Firstly, all candidates must complete a written paper which focuses on assessing reading, listening and writing proficiency. The second stage is then designed to test candidates speaking skills, this usually includes a face-to-face interview with an examiner although more recently an online version of this section of the assessment has been introduced. It is worth noting that for the two beginner Grades (Grade 4 and 5) there is no speaking element of the assessment however for the other Grades it is essential that both stages of the qualification are successfully completed.
How to register for the EIKEN?
The EIKEN is held three times per year at registered test centres in Japan of which there are over 400 across the nation. There are also international test centres in Honolulu, New York, Los Angeles and London. More information about the test dates for the upcoming year can be found here. Candidates must register online for both the first and second stage of the examination.
With one-to-one courses based in the heart of London, our experienced tutors at Mayfair Consultants can offer a bespoke English language course in order to help you to prepare for the EIKEN examination. Our tutors can help you to identify your own strengths and weaknesses and use these in order to ensure that you are able to succeed in this assessment.
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https://www.eiken.or.jp/eiken/en/ Official EIKEN website
https://www.eiken.or.jp/eiken/en/eiken-tests/administration/ EIKEN test dates 2022
https://blog.gaijinpot.com/step-up-to-help-students-pass-the-eiken-english-proficiency-test/ Blog post with tips for successfully completing the EIKEN.
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