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EIKEN

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Grade Pre-1

B2

550

80

 
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Level description

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

Overview of test structure

Grade Pre-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)

90 minutes

Weighting

Items are worth 1 point each except:

a 2 points

b 14 points

Gap fill (passages)

2 passages from which several words or phrases have been omitted

6

Q&A based on passages

3 passages followed by questions

10a

Pass/fail cutoff

Approximately 70% of total possible test score

Writing

100-word to a letter or e-mail on a given topic

1b

Response to letter or e-mail

Listening

Q&A based on dialogues

10 recorded conversations/discussions followed by questions

10

Multiple-choice

(Four printed options)

25 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

Second stage

Skill area

Task

Format

Time allotted

Notes

Speaking

Warm-up

Examiners engage examinee in free conversation (not evaluated)

1 or 2 questions

Evaluation Criteria

Examinees are evaluated separately for the narration, for responses to each question, and for their attitude toward actively engaging in communication.

 

No. of Examiners: 1

 

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Short speech

Preparation

Examinee reads question card silently and prepares to narrate four-panel illustration on card

1 minute

Delivery

Examinee gives speech based on topic

2 minutes

Q&A

No. 1

Examiner asks question connected to/related to illustration

No. 2

Examiner asks question related to general topic of card

No. 3

Examiner asks question related to general topic of card

No. 4

Examiner asks question about social issue or idea broadly related to general topic of card

Summary of Can-do statements

Below are summaries of the main features of the tasks and activities that typical Grade Pre-1 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situation

 

Reading 

Can understand texts from a range of social, professional, and educational situations.

Listening

Can understand content from a range of social, professional, and educational situations.

Speaking

Can make explanations and express his/her opinions about topics relevant to a range of social, professional, and educational situations.

Writing

Can write at length about topics from everyday life and topics relevant to some social, professional, and educational situations.

 

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Examinee statistics

Grade Pre-1

2009

2010

2011

Applied

72,367

Applied

73,471

Applied

71,024

Passed

10,600

Passed

10,556

Passed

10,274

 

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