Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ regarding CASEC test or test details


 1. FAQ regarding CASEC test

Q1 What is the target level for CASEC testing?
Q2 Is there a fixed test date?
Q3 Is there a system requirement for a computer when taking the test?
Q4 I forgot my Examinee ID/Password.

 2. FAQ regarding test details

Q1 What is a "CASEC" test?
Q2 What is "IRT"(=Item Response Theory)?
Q3 What is "CAT"(=Computerized Adaptive Testing)?
Q4 What is CASEC's question format, number of questions and time limit?
Q5 How long does the CASEC test take?
Q6 Does the time taken to answer questions influence the score?
Q7 What's the perfect score?
Q8 Do I get a detailed score report?

 3. Other FAQs

Q1 What is score estimate of other tests(TOEIC®, TOEFL®)?
Q3 Can I take CASEC test at an internet café?
Q4 How should I prepare for the CASEC test?
Q5 Can I delete Examinee Registration Information?



 1. FAQ regarding CASEC test (Answers)

Q1   What is the target level for CASEC testing?

A1 CASEC test evaluates individuals between secondary school to advanced business level.
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Q2   Is there a fixed test date?

A2 As CASEC is an internet based online test, it can be taken 24/7 at any time and any place from an internet connected PC (with CASEC recommended operating environment). System requirements for taking the test can be checked here.

CASEC Operating Environment Check
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Q3   Is there a system requirement for a computer when taking the test?

A3 As CASEC is an internet based online test, it can be taken 24/7 at any time and any place from an internet connected PC (with CASEC recommended operating environment). System requirements for taking the test can be checked here.

CASEC Operating Environment Check
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Q4   I forgot my Examinee ID/Password.

A4 Please refer to the link below if you have forgotten the Examinee ID/password.

Inquiries regarding Examinee ID/Password
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 2. FAQ regarding test details (Answers)

Q1   What is a "CASEC" test?

A1 CASEC(Computerized Assessment System for English Communication) is a standard test for evaluating English proficiency. It is based on fundamental research by Eiken Foundation of Japan, The Japan Institute for Educational Measurement, Inc. of Oubunsha Group who is currently developing and operating this internet based English proficiency test.

The test applies CAT(Computerized Adaptive Testing) based on IRT(Item Response Theory). CAT is a system which modifies the difficulty of the subsequent questions based on the examinee's previous attempts. This allows shortening of time and accurate skill measurement compared to the paper based tests. Unlike the randomized question generating computer test type, CAT maintains high accuracy measurement system that is equal to the qualification tests such as TOEIC(R) and Eiken.

CASEC can be taken online at any time and the score is immediately show at the end of the test. The score history is saved on record and can be seen at any time at no cost.
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Q2   What is "IRT"(=Item Response Theory)?

A2 IRT(Item Response Theory) is a modern test theory that allows "assessment of absolute scale" which was not possible by preceding methods of having tests based on raw score (total score/average/GPA). Without the dependency on examinee groups and test questions, IRT estimates the new examinee's ability using the absolute scale of assessment based on characteristic value (difficulty, discernment) of each questions that was calculated from the previous preparation test data.
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Q3   What is "CAT"(=Computerized Adaptive Testing)?

A3 CAT(Computerized Adaptive Testing) is a test which selects the next question from the existing question bank, based on the answers given by the examinee in previous questions.

CASEC adjusts the difficulty of subsequent questions based on the right or wrong answer of the preceding questions. By applying this method, examinee can avoid being questioned with inappropriately difficult or easy questions. CAT produces high accuracy measurement with less questions compared to the preceding paper based test by allowing the examinees to solve questions at appropriate levels.
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Q4   What is CASEC's question format, number of questions and time limit?

A4 Please refer to the link below for information on questions -purpose/measurement, detail/questions, format/number of questions and time limit.

Content and Score
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Q5   How long does the CASEC test take?

A5 In CASEC, there is a time limit for each question. If the time taken to answer each question is maximum, the test will take approximately eighty minutes to finish. The average time to finish the test is approximately between forty to fifty minutes.
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Q6  Does the time taken to answer questions influence the score?

A6 The score is not influenced by the time taken to answer each question. Please answer each question within the time limit.
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Q7   What's the perfect score?

A7 CASEC is composed of four sections and perfect score for each section is 250 points, a perfect score in total is 1000 points. Please refer to the link below for details.

Content and Score

Scores & Feedback
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Q8   Do I get a detailed score report?

A8 CASEC does not disclose the questions answers or incorrect parts as CASEC is a measurement tool for accurately measuring the examinee's ability at a particular moment, and it is not teaching material.

CASEC uses a modern testing theory known as Item Response Theory (IRT) in order to produce highly reliable measurement results. In the process of statistically calculating the index to indicate each question's characteristic value, CASEC runs preparation test over one thousand samples for each question prior to applying the questions for the actual test.

CASEC does not disclose the questions answers or incorrect parts, as doing so may degenerate the accuracy of measuring an examinee's level.
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 3. Other FAQs (Answers)

Q1   What is score estimate of other tests(TOEIC®, TOEFL®)?

A1 The TOEIC® and TOEFL® score equivalency reference is indicated on the score report. Please refer to the link below for detailed explanation.

Comparison with other tests
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Q2   Can I take CASEC test at an internet café?

A2 Please confirm with the shop employee that the computer system environment satisfies the CASEC recommended system requirements.
*Please do not forget to logout once you finish taking the test.
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Q3   How should I prepare for the CASEC test?

A3 Although there is no publication for preparation for CASEC test, it may be effective to prepare for CASEC test by studying English in comprehensive manner as with any other English test preparation.
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Q4   Can I delete Examinee Registration Information?

A4 Please contact CASEC support center.

CASEC Support Center
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CASEC Operating Environment

  • Windows
    OS: 7 / 8.1 / 10 (*1)
    Browser: Internet Explorer 11 / Google Chrome / Microsoft Edge 20 (*2)
  • Macintosh
    OS: X
    Browser: Safari 5.1 - 10 / Google Chrome
■There are listening questions. We recommend using headphones or taking test at quiet place.

(*1) Please use "desktop" mode. You cannot use "Modern UI".
(*2) If using IE, you need Windows Media Player 9 or higher
* Tablet PC is not supported.
* Above browser beta version is not supported.

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[Operating Environment]

▼Windows
OS: 7 / 8.1 / 10 (*1)
Browser: Internet Explorer 11 / Google Chrome / Microsoft Edge 20 (*2)

▼Macintosh
OS: X
Browser: Safari 5.1 - 10 / Google Chrome

■There are listening questions. We recommend using headphones or taking test at quiet place.

(*1) Please use "desktop" mode. You cannot use "Modern UI".
(*2) If using IE, you need Windows Media Player 9 or higher
* Tablet PC is not supported.
* Above browser beta version is not supported.