News

  • Visit STEP on the road in November!

    STEP will exhibit and present at a number of events in November on both sides of the Pacific: regional NAFSA conferences in three U.S. cities; Fulbright U.S. Study Program events in Nagoya, Fukuoka, Tokyo, and Okinawa; Study in Canada Fair in Tokyo and Osaka; and the annual JALT conference in Nagoya, where Dr. Yao Hill (University of Hawaii) will present her research findings on the use of EIKEN for college admissions in Hawaii. Visit the events page for details.


  • California State University Long Beach recognizes EIKEN

    California State University Long Beach now accepts EIKEN test results for international admissions. Applicants may submit Grade Pre-1 to meet the English-proficiency admission requirements for undergraduate programs, and Grade 1 for graduate programs. CSULB, one of the largest campuses in the 23-member California State University system, joins more than 350 colleges and universities in North America that recognize EIKEN, making their programs more accessible to qualified Japanese students. Click here for the full list


  • New English website launches!

    Welcome to the new stepeiken.org.
    Thanks for visiting our bigger, faster, and more comprehensive resource for information about STEP and the EIKEN tests. While you're here, check out the new features: overviews of the seven EIKEN levels, free test downloads, research articles, a searchable database of institutions recognizing EIKEN, and an interactive registration system to help schools boost  their recruitment efforts in Japan. Explore, enjoy, and let us know what you think!


  • STEP and British Council to deliver IELTS in Japan

    The Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP), and British Council, the United Kingdom's official organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations, have signed an alliance agreement to operate jointly the Japan delivery of IELTS. Read the official press release in English or Japanese. To register for IELTS, visit the new IELTS website.


  • STEP and Sophia University to develop admissions test

    The Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP) and Sophia University have launched a partnership to develop a new admissions test for Japanese colleges and universities. A major aim of the project is to have a positive impact on English education in Japan by revising and improving the currently widely varying approaches to English tests used in university admissions. The new test, under the working title Test of English for Academic Purposes (TEAP), will be a standardized test with transparent specifications to offer clear guidelines to students as to the content of the tests. Scaling and equating will be employed to ensure that scores are comparable from administration to administration. This will ensure that the test is a benchmark standard of the English skills needed by Japanese students to study at the university level in the EFL context of Japan. The test is planned for full release in 2012. Read the Japanese press release (requires Japanese).