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An English test that provides a numerical score, designed for junior and senior high school students.
Features of GTEC for STUDENTS

GTEC for STUDENTS is a test that measures the 3 skills of Listening, Reading and Writing. An optional test that measures the fourth skill of Speaking is also available. The basic aim is to measure the English skills that examinees will need to have to enter university, study abroad or use in the workplace.

1An examinee is given a numerical score, accurately representing their English ability.

An examinee is given a numerical score, accurately representing their English ability.

By having an accurate evaluation of their English ability for each skill, examinees are able to visualize their progress. By taking successive tests and comparing past scores with present ones, examinees can check their progress, thereby gaining an insight into the true value of their day-to-day English studies.
Furthermore, examinees receive a score report, upon which “can-do” statements, divided into 7 grades, from Grade 1 to Grade 7, are written. These help examinees set realistic targets, based on how they will use English in real life.

2Questions are designed according to the needs of junior and senior high school students in Japan.

Questions are designed according to the needs of junior and senior high school students in Japan.

By being designed to replicate scenarios that Japanese junior and senior high school students would realistically encounter, the test provides examinees with the opportunity, while taking the test, to feel as if they are experiencing life abroad.
Furthermore, since background knowledge of a subject plays no part in an examinee’s ability to answer questions, a precise assessment of an examinee’s English ability is possible.

3Constructive feedback is provided.

Constructive feedback is provided.

With comprehensive feedback for teachers and a score report for each examinee, the next step for teachers and examinees to take should become clear. The Writing section is scored and corrected outside Japan and examinees receive motivational comments in English from scorers. In addition, each examinee is provided with the “STEP UP Note” learning materials and the accompanying CD. After the test is over, these study materials help examinees to continue to improve their English ability.

4Many universities use the “Official Score” as part of the entrance criteria.

Many universities use the “Official Score” as part of the entrance criteria

Many universities and junior colleges use the “Official Score” of GTEC for STUDENTS as part of the entrance criteria.
N.B. An “Official Score” is only provided for tests that are taken on an official test date.

Test Administration

Two testing experiences are offered: an Official Test, which is only held on two days every year, or a Standard Test, which can be taken on any other day throughout the year.
The content of each test changes twice a year.
Below is a list of the differences between each type of test.

  Official Test Standard Test
Test Date
Official Test
[1] Saturday, July 4, 2015
[2] Saturday, December 5, 2015
(These dates cannot be changed.)
Standard Test
The Standard Test can be taken on any day on which an Official Test is not being held.
Collection of mark sheets by Benesse
Official Test
[1] Monday, July 6, 2015
[2] Monday, December 7, 2015
(These dates cannot be changed.)
Standard Test
They can be collected any day the school chooses (with the exception of the year-end and New Year holidays).
Collection of question booklets by teachers
Official Test
Teachers must collect each examinee’s question booklet after the test has finished.
On the day following the mark sheet collection or later, the following should be given to each examinee:
1. Their question booklet.
2. An explanation booklet, containing the answers to the test.
Standard Test
It is not necessary for teachers to collect each examinee’s question booklet.
Any time following the test, each examinee can be given an explanation booklet, containing the answers to the test.
Provision of an “Official Score”
Official Test
The score is certified as “official”. (The score report will be printed with the words “OFFICIAL SCORE”.)
Standard Test
The score is not certified as “official”. (The score report will NOT be printed with the words “OFFICIAL SCORE”.)
Teacher responsible for the test
Official Test
Each school should arrange for one teacher to be responsible for carrying out the Official Test in accordance with the GTEC for STUDENTS Official Test Examination Agreement (GTEC for STUDENTS 検定受験規約).
Download the GTEC for STUDENTS Official Test Examination Agreement.
Standard Test

Test Outline

Level of Difficulty

There are three levels of difficulty: Advanced, Basic and Core. Students of any school grade can take any of the different test levels. The score will be calculated on the same scale, regardless of the test level the examinee takes. Therefore, the most appropriate test level for the learning environment should be chosen.

  • * N.B. The maximum score for each test level is different.

Duration

  Core Basic Advanced
Reading
Core
32 minutes
Basic
Advanced
45 minutes
Listening
Core
18 minutes
Basic
Advanced
25 minutes
Writing
Core
20 minutes
Basic
Advanced
20 minutes
TOTAL
Core
70 minutes ※1
Basic
Advanced
90 minutes ※2
  • ※1 For Core level tests, the Reading section lasts 32 minutes and the Listening and Writing sections combined last 38 minutes. One question booklet is used for the Reading section and another booklet is used for the Listening and Writing sections. It is possible to implement the different sections as separate tests.
  • ※2 For Advanced and Basic level tests, the Reading section lasts 45 minutes and the Listening and Writing sections combined last 45 minutes. One question booklet is used for the Reading section and another booklet is used for the Listening and Writing sections. It’s possible to implement the different sections as separate tests.

Maximum Score according to Level

  Core Basic Advanced
Reading
Core
170
Basic
250
Advanced
320
Listening
Core
170
Basic
250
Advanced
320
Writing
Core
100
Basic
160
Advanced
170
TOTAL
Core
440
Basic
660
Advanced
810

Test Structure

Reading (Answers are input using a mark sheet)

1. Measures English reading comprehension from several perspectives.

Close attention is paid to providing questions that challenge not only an examinee’s English skills, such as vocabulary and grammar, but also their speed reading skill and focused reading skills.

2. Reading speed is taken into account when the materials are developed.

There are multiple questions designed to measure an examinee’s ability to retrieve information from a body of text in a short period of time (scanning) or identify an accurate summary of a short passage (skimming).

3. Has “real” English reading materials created by native English writers outside Japan.

The Japan-based editorial department of GTEC for STUDENTS works closely with experts in Japan and native English writers outside Japan to develop items suitable for measuring Japanese junior and senior high school students’ command of English.

  Core Basic Advanced
Content of Questions
Core
Number of Questions
Basic
Duration
(minutes)
Advanced
Number of Questions
Duration
(minutes)
Number of Questions Duration
(minutes)
A: Vocabulary and usage
Core
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    5
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    12
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    6
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    14
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    7
B: Searching for information and understanding summaries
Core
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    12
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    12
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    14
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    14
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    14
C: Understanding key details
Core
  • Number of Questions
    8
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    15
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    12
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    25
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    15
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    24
TOTAL
Core
  • Number of Questions
    28
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    32
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    36
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    45
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    43
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    45

Listening (Answers are input using a mark sheet)

1. In GTEC for STUDENTS, listening comprehension questions are very important.

Between 20 and 30% of the total test time is devoted to questions in the Listening part; however, the ratio of questions in the Listening part to the Writing and Reading parts combined is roughly 50:50. By having a sufficient number of questions, an examinee’s listening comprehension can be measured to a high degree of accuracy.

2. Listening comprehension is measured from multiple angles.

The Listening part does not just evaluate an examinee’s ability to listen accurately. This part measures an examinee’s ability to utilize their listening skills in various ways in practical situations, such as responding quickly to statements, choosing relevant information according to a stated goal, or understanding the gist of a monologue.

3. Questions (tasks) that require practical solutions in real-life scenarios.

Examinees should not feel as if they are only taking the listening part of a test. Examinees are “put” into situations that they might encounter in the real world. There, they must think about how they can use their English skills to complete tasks, making them feel as if they are actually communicating in English.

  Core Basic Advanced
Content of Questions
Core
Number of Questions
Basic
Duration
(minutes)
Advanced
Number of Questions
Duration
(minutes)
Number of Questions Duration
(minutes)
A: Explaining pictures and illustrations
Core
  • Number of Questions
    8
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    4
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    6
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    6
B: Responding appropriately during a conversation
Core
  • Number of Questions
    8
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    4
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    5
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    5
C: Solving problems
Core
  • Number of Questions
    8
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    5
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    8
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    8
D: Understanding key details
Core
  • Number of Questions
    8
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    5
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    6
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    10
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    6
TOTAL
Core
  • Number of Questions
    32
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    18
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    40
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    25
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    40
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    25

Writing

1. Examinees write answers by hand.

Examinees are asked to express their thoughts on a given theme. An examinee’s ability to express their opinion persuasively in a limited amount of time is measured. The concept of each level is as follows:
Core: Examinees express opinions on everyday topics and support them with reasons based on their own experiences.
Basic: Examinees express opinions on everyday topics, as well as familiar social themes, and support them with reasons based on their own experiences or other examples.
Advanced: Examinees express opinions on social themes and support them with reasons based on their own experiences or other examples.

2. Answers evaluated based on multiple aspects (Vocabulary, Grammar, etc.).

Answers in the Writing part are delivered for scoring to highly-trained teams based outside Japan. Each answer is evaluated by multiple scorers. Moreover, each answer is evaluated based on different scoring aspects. First, the “opinion” is rated, then the “reason”, next is Vocabulary, followed by Grammar and Organization. This ensures an accurate measurement of whether an examinee can effectively communicate in written English.

3. Scores calculated by Item Response Theory.

After an answer in the Writing part has been graded, the final score is calculated using a process called Item Response Theory (IRT). This ensures that scores are directly comparable with other scores from GTEC for STUDENTS tests, regardless of the difference in questions.

  Core Basic Advanced
Content of Questions
Core
Number of Questions
Basic
Duration
(minutes)
Advanced
Number of Questions
Duration
(minutes)
Number of Questions Duration
(minutes)
Writing (free expression)
Core
  • Number of Questions
    1
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    20
Basic
  • Number of Questions
    1
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    20
Advanced
  • Number of Questions
    1
  • Duration
    (minutes)
    20
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