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Unlocking EIKEN


You can download EIKEN past papers here.


Mouse over the item you want, right click to open a dialogue box then left click on ‘Save link as’ and save it to your desktop as a pdf file.



When you open the downloaded pdf file you will see that it is locked (SECURED) preventing you from copying and pasting from pdf to docx.



To unlock the file, open your Google browser and drag the pdf file onto it.



Next, right click over the EIKEN file within Google to open a dialogue box then left click on ‘Print’.




 Finally, click on ‘Save’ in the blue box that appears as below.



 It is a good idea to rename your saved version to distinguish it from the SECURED version.



From then on, it is a simple task to just copy words from the pdf file (left click and drag your mouse over the words to select then press ‘Ctrl’ key and ‘C’ key together to copy) and paste them (left click and press ‘Ctrl’ key and ‘V’ key together to paste) into a docx or other file such as a game like this one here.



But what about copyright you may ask; is it OK to copy and use Eiken Foundation materials in our lessons?



The answer is Yes. I asked this question in an email a year or so ago as below:



“I would like permission to copy and format EIKEN test materials to make a PowerPoint game for use within my school to help students prepare for the stage 1 listening section of EIKEN. ………….May I have permission to make this game to encourage children to sit EIKEN tests and write ‘Copied with permission of Eiken Foundation of Japan’ on each slide apart from the first two?”



The response was



“….The public test site (Sunday) version of the Eiken tests is an open test. These tests are made available online, and students and teachers are free to use them as a learning tool, as long as they are not directly profiting from the material (i.e. selling the material produced for a fee). This means that you do not need our permission to use the Sunday version of the test in your classroom materials as long as you do not try to sell the material. We ask that you do not write “Produced with Permission of the Eiken Foundation” on the materials. It is possible that people may misunderstand this as an endorsement from the Eiken Foundation of Japan…….”


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