⭐︎ Basic 読みやすい
⭐︎⭐︎ Intermediate 読み応えがある
EIKEN 英検 ⭐︎
EIKEN is a certificate of English skills. It is recognized in approximately 400 universities and educational institutions in North America, Australia, and worldwide.
The levels called grades are given on a pass-or-fail basis. Each grade is a separate test with a unique set of test items designed for that level.
Each test of EIKEN grades has two stages. The first stage is a paper-and-pencil test which includes reading, listening, and writing. The second stage is speaking test through a face-to-face interview. A take-taker needs to clear both stages to pass the test. Lower grades, Grade 4 and Grade 5, do not have speaking test. However, a new online speaking has been introduced for Grades 4 and 5.
According to the official website, EIKEN is held three times . There are a lot of international test locations outside Japan. Except for the two advanced levels, you can choose a test location from approximately 18,000 junior high schools, high schools, colleges, and other institutions. Your school may be one of the test locations.
TEAP is Test of English for Academic Purposes jointly developed by the Eiken Foundation of Japan and Sophia University. TEAP is designed to evaluate a four-skill academic English proficiency. It measures the English proficiency required in an academic situation when studying and conducting research at an undergraduate program.
TEAP started in July 2014. TEAP has two versions: TEAP and TEAP Computer-based Test. Test-takers are high school students who plan to study at Japanese universities. TEAP does not accept applications from Elementary school students and junior high school students.
According to the operator of TEAP, another purpose of TEAP is to have a positive impact on English education in Japan. TEAP intends to revise and improve the widely varying approaches to English tests used in university admissions. Also, the test serves as a model of the English skills necessary to study at the university level in the English as a foreign language (EFL) context of Japan.
TOEIC is the Test Of English for International Communication operated by The Institute for International Business Communication. This test evaluates the ability to communicate in business situations. According to its web page, TOEIC is a global standard for assessing English communication skills objectively and fairly.
There are different forms of the exam. TOEIC Listening & Reading Test consists of two equally graded tests totaling to 990 score. The other is TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests. The score of Speaking and Writing both use a scale of 0 - 200.
TOEIC is famous in Japan. Many Japanese take the test every year to show their English ability. The score of TOEIC is often in a resume as a qualification. Also, many companies in Japan adopt TOEIC as an internal English test to check their employees’ English.
TOEIC is a good step in learning English because most of the questions are moderate. As many speakers talk in the listening test, our service provides not only US English narration but also UK and Australian English narration.
TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language, is a standardized test for non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. TOEFL measures the English language ability. TOEFL is designed to assess the ability of both oral and written English. There are four sections, reading, speaking, listening, and writing. These are all skills for academic studies.
If you are an international student looking to study in a university in an English-speaking country, you may need to take a TOEFL test. In other words, Students need to show that they can learn through the curriculum taught in English. You should check the requirements for university courses. In most cases, they advise whether you are required to take the TOEFL and the minimum grade needed to apply for the course.
The Educational Testing Service, a private non-profit organization, designs and operates TOEFL. ETS issues official score reports as well. TOEFL score is valid for two years after you take the test. TOEFL score is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions around the world.
There are 4,500 TOEFL test centers in 165 countries, and you can choose one easily accessible to you. You can find your nearest test center on the official TOEFL website by sorting by locations.
We recommend TOEFL Official Guide if you challenge advanced. The book is expensive but worthwhile when you study all four skills of English. In addition, the topics of is are wide enough to test your vocabulary.
TOEFL costs around 20 thousand Yen. Therefore, taking the test many times hurts your wallet. Though many universities accept TOEFL scores instead of their original English test, most high school students cannot afford to challenge TOEFL many times.
When you look at the Official Guide, you will soon find that TOEFL is much more complicated than other standardized tests. Vocabulary is high level as you have never seen some words in your English textbook.
A test-taker answers many questions in 3 passages in the reading section. Time is only 60 minutes. The 60 minutes are likely too short for you to complete the section. Experiencing that is valuable to you because you are likely to get motivated.
During high school, you may learn some vocabulary books. However, after trying the Official Guide, you would realize the need to buy another vocabulary book.
TOEFL Official Guide is a textbook with CDs which is for Listening, Speaking, and Writing section. What is more, listening skills are required to answer in Speaking section and Writing section because some questions in the test ask you to integrate English skills.
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is the standard levels of language exams in different regions. This standard is widely used internationally.
There are six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 with A1 the lowest and C2 the highest.
A1 is entry-level. TOEIC score in this level ranges from 120 to 224 in Reading and Listening, or from 200 to 380 in 4 skills.
Of EIKEN, Grade 5 through Grade 3 are in this category.
2.0 of IELTS score is equal to A1.
TOEFL and TEAP are not suitable to evaluate English for A1 level.
English at A1 level requires the following points:
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases.
Can introduce him/herself and others.
Can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives.
Can communicate in a simple way when the other person speaks slowly and clearly.
A2 is the next level at a basic level.
TOEIC reading and listening score in the range of 225 through 549 is A2 level. If you take TOEIC 4 skill test, the range from 385 to 785 is in this category.
Grade Pre 2nd of EIKEN is equal to A2 level.
2.0 of IELTS score is A2.
TEAP evaluates A2 level or upper levels, and this level ranges from 186 to 225.
TOEFL is still not suitable to evaluate English level for A2.
English at A2 level requires the following points:
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions such as basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment, etc.
Can communicate in simple tasks such as a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background and immediate environment.
IELTS is an English-language test. More than 10,000 organizations across the globe accepts the test in their admission process. The organizations ranges from education institutions to employers, as well as government and professional bodies.
IELTS assesses your English-language proficiency across four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. A test-taker choose the test type of either an academic, higher education or practical, everyday setting.
There are different test types: IELTS Academic test, IELTS General Training test and Life Skills (A1, A2 or B1) test. The test type you need to challenge depend on your purpose. If you wish to attend a program in higher education, you might need to take the IELTS Academic test, which is more difficult than the other one.
According to the official website, IELTS is accepted by institutions across 140 countries. IELTS can help you to achieve your future work, study and migration goals opening up a whole new English-speaking world.