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EIKEN

CEFR

Grade 3

A1

                

 

 

Level description

Can understand and use language concerning familiar, everyday topics such as likes and dislikes and basic personal and family information.

Overview of test structure

Grade 3

First stage

Skill area

Task

Format

Items

Response type

Time allotted

Notes

Reading 

Sentence completion

15 short texts (one or two sentences/dialogues) from which one word or phrase has been omitted

15

Multiple-choice

(Four printed options)

40 minutes

Weighting

Items are worth 1 point each.

Gap fill in dialogues

5 short texts (dialogues) from which one or two phrases have been omitted

5

Pass/fail cutoff

Approximately 60% of total possible test score

Q&A based on passages

Poster, advertisement, or memo

2

Letter or e-mail

3

Passage

5

Writing

Word reordering

A sentence is provided from which six words have been removed and are scrambled. Examinees reorder the words to complete the sentence. A Japanese translation of the sentence is also provided.

5

 

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

 

Topics

Family, friends, school, hobbies, travel, shopping, sports, movies, music, food, weather, giving directions, introducing oneself, plans for a holiday, one’s recent activities, foreign cultures, people profiles, history, etc.

Listening

Conversation completion

Examinees listen to short conversations and choose the best response to complete the last turn of the conversation. An illustration provides contextual information about the situation.

10

Multiple-choice

(Three recorded options)

27 minutes

Q&A based on dialogues

10 recorded conversations followed by questions. All conversations are heard twice.

10

Multiple-choice

(Four printed options)

Q&A based on monologues

10 recorded stories or explanations followed by questions. All stories/explanations are heard twice.

10

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

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 topic related to everyday life (may not be 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 3 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situations.

 

Reading 

Can understand simple stories and texts about familiar things.

Listening

Can understand instructions and talks and monologues about familiar things, provided that the speaker speaks slowly.

Speaking

Can take part in simple interaction about familiar things and talk about himself/herself.

Writing

Can write simple texts about himself/herself.

 

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Examinee statistics

Grade 3

2009

2010

2011

Applied

637,213

Applied

646,732

Applied

653,871

Passed

343,926

Passed

343,718

Passed

337,461

 

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