• We've moved!


    On April 30, a revised and updated EIKEN English website was launched at the following URL:




    Please kindly bookmark and visit us at the new site.

  • Eiken Foundation of Japan

    To commemorate our designation as a public-interest incorporated foundation in April 2012, and to mark the occasion of our 50th anniversary in April 2013, Nihon Eigo Kentei Kyokai (formerly the Society for Testing English Proficiency, Inc.) is pleased to announce the rebranding of our organization as the Eiken Foundation of Japan. The foundation’s new name and logo reflect our continued commitment to advancing and improving English-language teaching and learning in Japan through the provision of high-quality assessment instruments.



  • Eiken brings international-education leaders together at AIEA

    A record-setting 800 senior leaders in international education, including 200 international participants, gathered in Washington, D.C. from February 21-23 at the annual conference of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). The Eiken Foundation of Japan, alongside its U.S. partner Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.), and Asahi-Net/Manaba had the honor of sponsoring a special gathering of over 150 newcomers to the AIEA conference. Additionally, Eiken/A.C.E. joined with Asahi-Net in hosting a reception honoring participating leaders in international education from Japan. The reception provided an intimate setting for over 50 U.S., Japanese, and other international participants to exchange views on the latest trends and initiatives in international education. Among the topics discussed were funding opportunities from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in short-term group exchanges, as well as untapped areas for e-learning across borders. The 2012 AIEA Annual Conference was a singular opportunity for leaders in the field to attend valuable and stimulating sessions given by colleagues in the field, and network with colleagues with mutual interests and responsibilities.

  • More public universities recognizing EIKEN

    We are pleased to add four leading universities to the list of schools recognizing EIKEN for international admissions:


    ● Indiana University South Bend

    ● Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

    ● California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI Semester Program)

    ● University of Wisconsin River Falls


    By accepting results from Japan's leading English proficiency test, institutions make their programs more accessible to Japanese students. Click here for the complete list.

  • STEP and A.C.E. launch partnership for educational outreach

    The Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP) and Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) are pleased to announce a cooperative agreement regarding U.S. based efforts for educational exchange. Beginning from April 2011, A.C.E will handle college outreach for STEP in the greater North American region, facilitate communication between institutions in the U.S. and Japan, and develop scholar/student exchange programs between cooperative institutions. A.C.E. will also manage North American promotion of the EIKEN test, the leading English-proficiency assessment in Japan. By enhancing communication between institutions in North America and Japan, this innovative partnership will advance STEP and A.C.E. toward their common goals of promoting English education and global citizenship.


    Read the full news release here.