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Level comparison

EIKEN

CEFR

Grade 5

A1

                

 

 

Level description

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

Overview of test structure

Grade 5

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)

25 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

Writing

Word reordering

A sentence is provided from which four 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 1st and 3rd 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, 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)

20 minutes

Q&A based on dialogues

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

10

Multiple-choice

(Four printed options)

Matching

 

10 illustrations are provided in the test booklet. Examinees listen to three short statements for each illustration and choose the statement that best describes the action or situation in the illustration. All statements are heard twice.

 

10

Multiple-choice

(Three recorded options)

The Second Stage is not administered for Grade 5.

Summary of Can-do statements

Below are summaries of the main features of the tasks and activities that typical Grade 5 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situations.

 

Reading 

Can recognize the letters of the alphabet and punctuation marks, and can understand basic English words, phrases, and sentences.

Listening

Can understand basic English words and phrases and set expressions.

Speaking

Can use basic English words and phrases and set expressions.

Writing

Can write the letters of the alphabet and basic English words and use punctuation marks.

 

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Examinee statistics

Grade 5

2009

2010

2011

Applied

292,599

Applied

308,432

Applied

308,625

Passed

241,163

Passed

256,158

Passed

254,586

 

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