EIKEN Grades

 

Each of the seven EIKEN grades is a separate test with a unique set of test items and tasks designed for that level. The grades are designed to provide well-defined steps that can act as both motivational goals and concrete measures of English ability as learners move through the spectrum of commonly recognized ability levels.

 

Click on the grades below for test structure and other details.

 

EIKEN Grade

CEFR

Comparison

Example of recognition/use

Examinees in 2011

1

C1

International admissions to graduate and undergraduate programs; MEXT* benchmark for English instructors (Pre-1)

25,999

Pre-1

B2

71,024

2

B1

MEXT benchmarks for high school graduates

302,803

Pre-2

A2

495,817

3

A1

MEXT benchmark for junior high school graduates

653,871

4

 

441,287

5

308,625

* The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)

 

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