During this half of the presentation, Mr. Fouts gave a crash course in the history, purpose, and content of the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, one of the world’s most widely administered language tests, and yet one of Japan’s best-kept secrets. He also explained how EIKEN items are developed.
Part 2: EIKEN goes global
Until four years ago, EIKEN was virtually unheard of outside Japan. In Part 2 of his presentation, Mr. Fouts explained how the test has come to be recognized for admissions at hundreds of institutions in North America and Australia and why the number of institutions recognizing the test is rapidly increasing.
Michael Todd Fouts is International Operations Manager and Chief Editor at the Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP), where EIKEN is produced by a team of 200 writers, editors, and advisors. He also coordinates partnerships between STEP and foreign institutions. Fouts has worked for 17 years in Japan as a teacher and test developer.
For more information on the EIKEN test, click here for the JALT Testing and Evaluation SIG’s interview with Mr. Fout’s.