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Eiken (or Nihon Eigo Kentei Kyokai) is a Japanese English exam which is recognised for/by:

  • Admissions and course credits at over 2,500 high schools, colleges and universities within Japan.

  • 400 colleges and universities across the United States, Australia and Canada.

  • Employers and agencies nationwide as evidence of communicative English ability for the workplace.

  • The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as benchmarks for junior high school and high school graduates.


Each Eiken level is spread over a 2-year curriculum based on ability rather than age. We focus on 4 main subjects:


  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Speaking

  • Listening

Each level provides a qualification in each child's English abilities based on listening, reading, writing and speaking. As each exam is 50% oral, 50% written, from time to time we practise mock exams to help ease any examination nerves.

Both Eiken classes provides the ideal setting to nurture the talents and skills that will enable each student to start on their academic journey into a world of English enjoyment.

We have 2 different classes to prepare your child on their Eiken journey:

Level 5: 6-8 years old (depending on ability)

Level 5 (or Grade 5) is the first goal for English-language learners taking Eiken. Students are expected to understand and use basic words, phrases and simple sentences. As a first step in English-language learning, the level 5 examination consists of Stage 1 (a written examination including a listening section) and an online speaking test where students record their answers (the speaking test is not required to pass Grade 5, but each person who registers for the first stage of the level 5 test, has the opportunity to take the level 5 speaking test).

Level 4: 8-11 years old (depending on ability)

Moving on to more complex grammar, a wider vocabulary, higher reading, a  knowledge of high frequency words and structure ability. Level 4 requires a higher understanding of English, reading and selecting multiple choice answers and constructing responses.

You can read more about Eiken here: https://www.eiken.or.jp/eiken/en/

Don't worry if your child is new to the English language; we will challenge cognitive and academic skills through themed activities that exercise both sides of the brain.