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March 04, 2004

Eiken System to be Revised

The Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP) has announced changes to its STEP test (known as "eiken" in Japanese). The formats of the first-stage exam at 1st Grade and Pre-1st Grade and the second-stage exam between Pre-1st Grade and 3rd Grade are to be revised. The changes, which are to allow for better measurement of writing and speaking skills, will be applied from June, 2004. In the 1st Grade writing test, composition topics will allow a greater degree of freedom and the length will be doubled from 100 to 200 words. In the first-stage, Pre-1st Grade exam, a new descriptive type of exercise will be added. For the listening test of the top two levels, realistic situations such as meetings, answering machines and airports will be used. In the second-stage exams, there will be an increased emphasis on students expressing their opinions and questions about their daily lives rather than just the chosen topic.
Society for Testing English Proficiency | STEP Announcement (Japanese) | This story in Japanese

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