The Eiken Foundation of Japan (Eiken) is Japan's largest testing body and a leader in international education. Eiken is best known for its main product, the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, one of the world's most widely administered language tests.
Established in 1963 in cooperation with the Japanese education ministry, Eiken is an incorporated nonprofit foundation with a clear purpose: to advance English learning in Japan by providing accessible, affordable assessment tools for learners at all proficiency levels. Now in its sixth decade, Eiken administers a wide range of English tests for education and business, sponsors and conducts research into testing and language acquisition, and plays an active role in international conferences and testing councils. Since 2009, Eiken has been engaged in the reform of Japan's university entrance-exam system through the development of The Test of English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) in collaboration with Sophia University.
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