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EIKEN

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TOEFL® score

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Grade 1

C1

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Level description

Can understand and use the English necessary to participate effectively in a wide range of social, professional, and educational situations.

Overview of test structure

Grade 1

First stage

Skill area

Task

Format

Items

Response type

Time allotted

Notes

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)

100 minutes

Weighting

Items are worth 1 point each except:

a 2 points

b 28 points

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

6a

1 extended passage followed by questions

4a

Pass/fail cutoff

Approximately 70% of total possible test score

Writing

200-word composition on a given topic

1b

Handwritten essay

Listening

Q&A based on dialogues

10 recorded conversations/discussions followed by questions

10

Multiple-choice

(Four printed options)

30 minutes

Q&A based on monologues

5 recorded announcements, advertisements, news stories, or short lectures followed by questions

10

Topics

General social situations, arts, culture, history, education, science, nature, environment, medicine, technology, business, politics, etc.

Real-life Listening

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.)

5a

Q&A based on long interview

1 recorded interview followed by questions

2a

Second stage

Skill area

Task

Format

Time allotted

Notes

Speaking

Conversation

Examiners engage examinee in free conversation

1 minute

Evaluation Categories

Short Speech

Interaction

Grammar and Vocabulary

Pronunciation

 

No. of Examiners: 2

 

Download a sample Topic Card 

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 topics relevant to a range of social, professional, and educational situations.

 

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Examinee statistics

Grade 1

2009

2010

2011

Applied

26,775

Applied

26,476

Applied

25,999

Passed

2,399

Passed

2,318

Passed

2,487

 

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