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Five decades — 90 million examinees


Eiken Foundation of Japan, a public-interest incorporated foundation, was established in 1963 to advance English learning in Japan by providing accessible, affordable assessment tools for learners at all proficiency levels. As Japan’s largest testing body, the foundation produces and administers English-proficiency tests with the backing of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) and in cooperation with Japanese prefectural and local boards of education, public and private schools, and other leading testing bodies. Eiken-administered tests are taken by more than 2 million examinees annually and at over 18,000 locations.


The foundation is best known for its main product, the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, one of the world’s most widely administered language tests.


  • Japan’s leading language assessment
  • Backed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)
  • Four skills, with compulsory speaking test
  • 2.3 million examinees annually at 18,000 test sites
  • 90 million examinees since 1963


Internationally, a growing number of colleges, universities, and institutes in America, Australia, Canada, and the UK recognize EIKEN test results for international admissions.