The Eiken Foundation of Japan is a public-interest incorporated foundation established in 1963 as a pioneer in helping to develop global human talents in Japan. The EIKEN Test, the most iconic qualification examination among all the tests we provide, started with 37,663 test takers and has grown to about 3.9 million applicants per year, surpassing 100 million candidates in total. Our lineup of exams has also increased to meet the needs of society, and we offer a variety of exams to meet different learning stages and objectives, including TEAP, IELTS, Linguaskill Business, and GCAS.
Why do we produce and administer exams? The answer lies in our philosophy. Our goal is to "contribute to the promotion of lifelong learning by assessing English proficiency and fostering it through a variety of opportunities in order to contribute to the acquisition and dissemination of practical English necessary for daily social life."
We'd like to be a companion for people of all ages who are learning English through a variety of tests and learning support activities. We'd like to support the development of global human resources to the best of our ability, always looking ahead to the next generation in this ever-changing age. We are looking for great talents who would share this mission with us.
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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