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EIKEN

CEFR

TOEFL® score

PBT

iBT

Grade 2A

B1+

500

61

Grade 2

B1

450

45

 

 
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Level description

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

Grade 2

First stage

Skill area

Task

Format

Items

Response type

Time allotted

Notes

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)

75 minutes

Weighting

Items are worth 1 point each.

Gap fill (passages)

2 passages from which several words or phrases have been omitted

8

Pass/fail cutoff

Approximately 60% of total possible test score

Q&A based on passages

3 passages followed by questions

12

Writing

Word reordering

A five-word section of a short text is removed. The words are arranged below the text in a scrambled order.

5

 

After putting words into correct order, examinees indicate which words should appear in 2nd and 4th positions.

 

Topics

School, work, hobbies, travel, shopping, sports, movies, music, food, weather, giving directions, foreign cultures, history, education, sciences, nature, environment, medicine, technology, business, etc.

Listening

Q&A based on dialogues

15 recorded conversations/discussions followed by questions

15

Multiple-choice

(Four printed options)

25 minutes

Q&A based on monologues

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

15

Second stage

Skill area

Task

Format

Time allotted

Notes

Speaking

Oral reading

Preparation

Examinee reads passage on question card silently

20 seconds

Evaluation Criteria

Examinees are evaluated on their responses to each of the tasks and for their attitude toward actively engaging in communication. The following categories are also taken into account: pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.

 

No. of Examiners: 1

 

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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.

 

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Examinee statistics

Grade 2

2009

2010

2011

Applied

308,814

Applied

305,960

Applied

302,803

Passed

80,269

Passed

76,218

Passed

76,248

 

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