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Level comparison

EIKEN

CEFR

Grade 4

A1

                

 

 

Level description

Can understand and use simple words, phrases, and short sentences.

Overview of test structure

Grade 4

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)

35 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 five 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, etc.

Listening

Conversation completion

 

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

 

10

Multiple-choice

(Three recorded options)

25 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

The Second Stage is not administered for Grade 4.

Summary of Can-do statements

Below are summaries of the main features of the tasks and activities that typical Grade 4 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situations.

 

Reading 

Can understand simple texts, signs, and notices.

Listening

Can understand simply constructed sentences and simple instructions.

Speaking

Can produce speech and ask questions using simply constructed sentences.

Writing

Can write simply constructed sentences and messages.

 

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Examinee statistics

Grade 4

2009

2010

2011

Applied

440,310

Applied

449,223

Applied

441,287

Passed

311,453

Passed

320,525

Passed

308,455

 

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