Do you want to try a challenge? How to take the “Eiken Jr”

2019.03.20

If you register for the online version of the “Eiken Jr.”, a test taken by children in younger elementary school, you can try taking the test at home. Unlike the “Eiken” there is no passing or failing so it is a popular test among parents. In this article we will introduce the contents of the “Eiken Jr.” and how to take it.

Do you want to try a challenge? How to take the “Eiken Jr”
About the “Eiken Jr.”

The “Eiken Jr.” is a test targeted at young children who are unable to write yet so it is listening based. Its basic contents make it appropriate for lower level elementary school kids. The goal of the “Eiken Jr.” is to help young children gain interest in English and learn how to communicate in the language.
The test is also popular among families who want their child to learn about live abroad and foreign culture.

How to take the “Eiken Jr.”

1. About the questions
It is a listening test. Listening to the questions, children answer questions divided into the following 3 grades: bronze, silver and gold. The themes of the questions go along with the “foreign language activities” class at elementary schools and gain children’s interest through pictures. Children choose the best answer while enjoying all the colorful pictures.

2. The appropriate age to take the test
Children who have attended English classes for 6mos – 1 year or 1-2 years of elementary school English are ready to take the test even if they cannot write the alphabet or words yet.
The target of the test is from preschooler to elementary school age and if interested junior high school students can take the test as well. Therefore, there is no age limit for the test.

3. There is no “pass” or “fail”
Unlike the actual “Eiken” test, in the “Eiken Jr.” test instead of “pass” or “fail” the % correctly answered appears. The test is separated into 3 levels “bronze”, “silver” and “gold”. There is no “pass” or “fail” but when a child gets 80% or more of the questions correct, they are recommended to go to the next level. The test is held throughout Japan and the average score by age and English experience is calculated. Parents and teachers can see each child’s score and level after taking the test.
So, it is a great tool to use to show how much a child understands English.

How to take the “Eiken Jr.”

1. About the questions
It is a listening test. Listening to the questions, children answer questions divided into the following 3 grades: bronze, silver and gold.
The themes of the questions go along with the “foreign language activities” class at elementary schools and gain children’s interest through pictures.
Children choose the best answer while enjoying all the colorful pictures.

2. The appropriate age to take the test
Children who have attended English classes for 6mos – 1 year or 1-2 years of elementary school English are ready to take the test even if they cannot write the alphabet or words yet. The target of the test is from preschooler to elementary school age and if interested junior high school students can take the test as well. Therefore, there is no age limit for the test.

3. There is no “pass” or “fail”
Unlike the actual “Eiken” test, in the “Eiken Jr.”
test instead of “pass” or “fail” the % correctly answered appears. The test is separated into 3 levels “bronze”, “silver” and “gold”. There is no “pass” or “fail” but when a child gets 80% or more of the questions correct, they are recommended to go to the next level.
The test is held throughout Japan and the average score by age and English experience is calculated.
Parents and teachers can see each child’s score and level after taking the test. So, it is a great tool to use to show how much a child understands English.

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