In Japan, the total number of test takers per year (estimated): About 1.02 million

  • Estimated number of junior/senior high school GTEC examinees
  • April 2017 - March 2018 (estimate)

In Japan, the number of schools taking GTEC per year (estimated) : About 1,850

  • Estimated number of junior/senior high schools
  • Out of some 5,000 high schools & integrated junior/senior high schools
  • April 2017 - March 2018 (estimate)

Official scores can be used to meet university entrance criteria

Official GTEC scores are used to fulfill English proficiency requirements at an ever-growing number of colleges and universities. Refer to entrance exam guidelines and other related documents of each university and junior college for the latest information on the use of GTEC.

394 schools

See the list of universities and colleges accepting GTEC in the United States and Canada. link

1. Overview of GTEC tests

GTEC has four types of test available: CBT/Advanced/Basic/Core.

Measurable range of each test type (CEFR levels)

  • Can comprehensively gauge CEFR levels ranging from A1 to C1. Measurable levels differ according to GTEC test types (refer to the chart below).
  • Can gauge scores in line with a single axis of evaluation no matter which type of test (CBT/Advanced/Basic/Core) students may take (starting in academic year 2018).

Test overview

  • If any one of the Advanced/Basic/Core tests is taken on the Official Test date, an “OFFICIAL SCORE” is printed on each examinee’s score report.
  • If any one of the Advanced/Basic/Core tests is taken on a day other than on the Official Test date, the score is not certified as “OFFICIAL SCORE.”
  • The CBT test cannot be taken on a day other than on the Official Test date.
  • The CBT test cannot be taken only for the three skills of reading, listening & writing.

Core Basic Advanced CBT
Test type Paper-based test with Tablet (for Speaking test) Computer-based test
Test time READING about 32 min.
LISTENING about 20 min.
WRITING about 25 min.
SPEAKING about 25 min.
TOTAL about 102 min.
(about 77 min. when sitting for R,L, W only)
READING about 45 min.
LISTENING about 25 min.
WRITING about 25 min.
SPEAKING about 25 min.
TOTAL about 120 min.
(about 95 min. when sitting for R,L, W only)
READING about 55 min.
LISTENING about 35 min.
WRITING about 65 min.
SPEAKING about 20 min.
TOTAL about 175 min.
(Time differs according to examinees due to computer-based tests)
Upper-limit score Official score for 4 skills (R, L, W, S) READING 210
LISTENING 210
WRITING 210
SPEAKING 210
TOTAL 840
READING 270
LISTENING 270
WRITING 270
SPEAKING 270
TOTAL 1080
READING 320
LISTENING 320
WRITING 320
SPEAKING 320
TOTAL 1280
READING 350
LISTENING 350
WRITING 350
SPEAKING 350
TOTAL 1400
Yardstick for difficulty level of vocabulary vocabulary level of textbooks for mandatory English classes at junior high schools vocabulary level of textbooks for junior high school – 1st grade of senior high school Vocabulary level of textbooks for mandatory English classes at senior high schools vocabulary level of
A2 – C1

GTEC score & CEFR level comparison table

CEFR Level can-do statements GTEC(4 skills) official score
C1

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

1350~
1400
B2

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

1190~
1349
B1

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

960~
1189
A2

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

690~
959
A1

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

270~
689
Pre-A1 0~
269

2. GTEC new score report

You can confirm the GTEC score for each of the four skills and the comparable CEFR level, which can be used to meet university entrance criteria.

Sample of GTEC’s official score certificate (4-skill version)

Sample of GTEC’s official score certificate of CBT type

Sample of GTEC’s official score certificate (4-skill version)

Sample of GTEC’s official score certificate of CBT type

* Both images are for illustration purposes and may differ from actual ones.

On the official score certificate of GTEC (4-skill version)/GTEC CBT type, you can confirm the comparable CEFR level of each skill in addition to GTEC scores.

Starting July 2018, the Advanced, Basic, Core types and the CBT type, which previously had different score ranges, will have a common score range, enabling examinees of any of the four types to confirm their English ability using the same score-and-level comparison table.

3.Content of questions

Trial GTEC CBT type

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READING

composition


Core Basic Advanced CBT
Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes)
Content 28 32 36 45 43 45 about 40 about 55
A:Vocabulary and usage 10 5 12 6 14 7 - -
B:Searching for information and understanding a situation 10 12 12 14 14 14
C:Understanding key details 8 15 12 25 15 24
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced CBT
Content 28 36 43 about 40
A:Vocabulary and usage 10 12 14 -
B:Searching for information and understanding a situation 10 12 14
C:Understanding key details 8 12 15
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced CBT
Content 32 45 45 about 55
A:Vocabulary and usage 5 6 7 -
B:Searching for information and 12 14 14
C:Understanding key details 15 25 24
Core Basic Advanced

Sample question Part B Scanning for information to complete a talk

Reading
Reading Part B Scanning
You are looking at the website of a resort.
27. If you wanted to participate in the parade, by when must you register?
  • [A] July 23.
  • [B] July 30.
  • [C] August 1.
  • [D] August 13.
28. How much would you have to pay to register two teams for the beach volleyball event?
  • [A] $3.
  • [B] $6.
  • [C] $10.
  • [D] $20.
CBT

Sample question

Reading

LISTENING

composition


Core Basic Advanced CBT
Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes)
Content 32 20 40 25 40 25 about 40 about 35
A:Explaining pictures and illustrations 8 4 10 6 10 6 - -
B:Responding appropriately during a conversation 8 4 10 5 10 5
C:Solving problems 8 5 10 8 10 8
D:Understanding key details 8 5 10 6 10 6
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced CBT
Content 32 40 40 about 40
A:Explaining pictures and illustrations 8 10 10 -
B:Responding appropriately during a conversation 8 10 10
C:solving problems 8 10 10
D:Understanding key details 8 10 10
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced CBT
Content 20 25 25 about 35
A:Explaining pictures and illustrations 4 6 6 -
B:Responding appropriately during a conversation 4 5 5
C:solving problems 5 8 8
D:Understanding key details 5 6 6
Core Basic Advanced

Sample question Part C Task-achieving question

Listening
CBT

Sample question

Listening CBT

WRITING

Core Basic Advanced

composition


Core Basic Advanced
Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes)
Content 2 25 2 25 2 25
A:Writing an e-mail 1 5 1 5 1 5
B:Writing an essay 1 20 1 20 1 20
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced
Content 2 2 2
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced
Content 25 25 25
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced
A:Writing an e-mail 1 1 1
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced
A:Writing an e-mail 5 5 5
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced
B:Writing an essay 1 1 1
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced
B:Writing an essay 20 20 20

Sample question Part B Writing an essay

Writing
CBT

Composition


Part Question No. of questions Testing time Grading standards
1 Completing a questionnaire Read a given English text and the setting, then write sentences that match the given conditions 1 part (4 questions) 4 minutes Sentences matching the given conditions are written
2 Writing an e-mail Read the setting, then write an e-mail that matches the given conditions 3 questions 21 minutes An e-mail matching the given conditions is written
3 Writing an essay
  • Describe one's own opinion and reasons for thinking so on the basis of statistical data, etc.
  • Describe one's own opinion about a given topic while referencing others' thoughts, etc.
2 questions 40 minutes
  • An opinion is written
  • Reasons supporting the opinion are written
  • Command of language
  • Coherence of reasoning

1 2 3
Part Completing a questionnaire Writing an e-mail Writing an essay
Question Read a given English text and the setting,then write sentences that match the given conditions Read the setting,then write an e-mail that matches the given conditions
  • Describe one's own opinion and reasons for thinking so on the basis of statistical data,etc.
  • Describe one's own opinion about a given topic while referencing others' thoughts,etc.
No. of questions 1 part (4 questions) 3 questions 2 questions
Testing time 4 minutes 21 minutes 40 minutes
Grading standards Sentences matching the given conditions are written An e-mail matching the given conditions is written
  • An opinion is written
  • Reasons supporting the opinion are written
  • Command of language
  • Coherence of reasoning

Sample question Part 3 Writing an essay

Writing

SPEAKING

Core Basic Advanced

composition


Core Basic Advanced
Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes) Number of questions Duration (minutes)
Content 8 25 8 25 8 25
A:Reading Aloud 2 2 2
B:Listening and Responding 4 4 4
C:Telling a Story 1 1 1
D:Expressing Your Opinion 1 1 1
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced
Content 8 8 8
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced
Content 25 25 25
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced
A:Reading Aloud 2 2 2
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced
A:Reading Aloud 25
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced
B:Listening and Responding 4 4 4
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced
B:Listening and Responding 25
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced
C:Telling a Story 1 1 1
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced
C:Telling a Story 25
Number of questions Core Basic Advanced
D:Expressing Your Opinion 1 1 1
Duration
(minutes)
Core Basic Advanced
D:Expressing Your Opinion 25

Sample question Part B Telling a Story

Speaking
CBT

Composition


Part Question No.ofquestions Testing time Grading standards
1 Listening & responding Respond to a question prompty and appropriately 1 part (6 questions) 2 minutes An adequate response is made in line with the intent of the question
2 Delivering & asking for information Sort out and explain information obtained from websites, etc. and ask question 3 questions 6 minutes A description is based on the content made that communicated to listeners
3 Expressing an opinion
  • Give an opinion about a given topic on the basis of one's thoughts, experience, etc.
  • Respond quickly to questions
3 questions 12 minutes
  • An opinion is given
  • Reasons supporting the opinion are given
  • Fluency

1 2 3
Part Listening & responding Delivering & asking for information Expressing an opinion
Question Respond to a question prompty and appropriately Sort out and explain information obtained from websites,etc.and ask question
  • Give an opinion about a given topic on the basis of one's thoughts, experience, etc.
  • Respond quickly to questions
No.ofquestions 1 part (6 questions) 3 questions 3 questions
Testing time 2 minutes 6 minutes 12 minutes
Grading standards An adequate response is made in line with the intent of the question A description is based on the content made that communicated to listeners
  • An opinion is given
  • Reasons supporting the opinion are given
  • Fluency

Sample question Part 3 Expressing an opinion

Speaking

4. Contact

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