Suken Test Outline
View an outline of Suken Test levels and test content.
Suken Test Outline
There are 10 levels (called Kyus) ranging from
the 1st Kyu (university level) to the 8th Kyu
(elementary school 4th year level).
The 1st to 5th Kyu tests are each divided into
two parts, Section 1 and Section 2. Section 1 is a
calculation test and Section 2 is an application test.
Those who pass both sections will be awarded the
certificate.
The 6th to 8th Kyu tests have only one section.
In Section 2 for the 1st to 2nd Kyu, there are
required problems, which must all be answered,
and 5 selective problems from which examinees
can choose from. The number of selective
problems to answer is designated for each test.
Some of the content of neighboring Kyus overlap
to avoid large jumps in levels.
1st,Pre1st,2nd,Pre2nd,3rdKyu
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Kyu  

Year level in Japanese school 

Number of problems  Section 1 
Section 2  
Minimum percentage of correct answers to pass  Section 1 
Section 2  
Time (in minutes) 
Section 1 
Section 2  
Content 
1st  Pre1st  2nd  Pre2nd  3rd 

University  High School 3rd year (Grade 12) 
High School 2nd year (Grade 11) 
High School 1st year (Grade 10) 
Junior High School 3rd year (Grade 9) 
7  15  30  
4 (2 required problems & 2 of 5 selective problems)  5 (2 required problems & 3 of 5 selective problems) 
10  20  
70％  
60％  
60  50  
120  90  60  
1st  Pre1st  2nd  Pre2nd  3rd 

University  High School 3rd year (Grade 12) 
High School 2nd year (Grade 11) 
High School 1st year (Grade 10) 
Junior High School 3rd year (Grade 9) 
7  7  15  15  30 
4 (2 required problems & 2 of 5 selective problems) 
4 (2 required problems & 2 of 5 selective problems) 
5 (2 required problems & 3 of 5 selective problems) 
10  20 
70％  70％  70％  70％  70％ 
60％  60％  60％  60％  60％ 
60  60  50  50  50 
120  120  90  90  60 
4th,5th,6th,7th,8thKyu
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Kyu  

Year level in Japanese school 

Number of problems  Section 1 
Section 2  
Minimum percentage of correct answers to pass  Section 1 
Section 2  
Time (in minutes) 
Section 1 
Section 2  
Content 
4th  5th  6th  7th  8th 

Junior High School 2nd year (Grade 8) 
Junior High School 1st year (Grade 7) 
Elementary School 6th year (Grade 6) 
Elementary School 5th year (Grade 5) 
Elementary School 4th year (Grade 4) 
30  30  
20  
70%  70%  
60%  
50  40  
60  
4th  5th  6th  7th  8th 

Junior High School 2nd year (Grade 8) 
Junior High School 1st year (Grade 7) 
Elementary School 6th year (Grade 6) 
Elementary School 5th year (Grade 5) 
Elementary School 4th year (Grade 4) 
30  30  30  30  30 
30  30  30  20  20 
70%  70%  70%  70%  70% 
70%  70%  70%  60%  60% 
50  50  40  40  40 
40  40  40  60  60 
Suken Test Content
A  [Analysis] Differentiation, integration, basic differential equations, multivariable functions (partial differentiation,
multiple integrals), basic complex analysis [Algebra] Linear equations, matrices, determinants, linear conversions, linear space, vector space, curves, curved surfaces, linear programming, quadratic forms, eigenvalues, polynomials, algebraic equations, elementary number theory [Statistical Data] Probability, probability distribution, regression analysis, correlation coefficients [Other] Application of mathematics to the natural sciences, numerical analysis, algorithm basics, etc. 

B  Sequences and limits, functions and limits, various functions (fractional/irrational), composite functions, inverse functions, differentiation, integration, matrices and linear transformations, various curves, complex number planes, basic statistics processing, etc. 
C  Proofs, fractional expressions, higherdegree equations, various functions (exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and higherdegree polynomials), points and lines, circle equations, loci, basic differentiation, basic integration, vectors, complex numbers, probability distributions, statistical inference, etc. 
D  Sets, quadratic functions/graphs, quadratic inequalities, trigonometric ratios, data analysis, counting, probability, integer properties, numeral systems, geometric properties, arithmetic sequences, geometric sequences, basic statistics, etc. 
E  Square root, expansion and factorization, quadratic equations, Pythagorean theorem, circle properties, similarity, ratio of areas/volumes, simple quadratic functions, simple statistics, etc. 
F  Simple mixed calculations using algebraic notation, system of equations, parallel line properties, congruent triangles, quadrilateral properties, linear functions, basic probability, basic statisitics, etc. 
G  Positive and negative numbers, expressions using algebratic notation, linear equations, basic geometric constructions, translations, line reflection, rotation, arcs and area of sectors, surface area and volume of cones, cylinders, and spheres, direct and inverse proportions using negative numbers, frequency distributions and histograms, etc. 
H  Mixed calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using fractions, area of circles, volume of cylinders/prisms, enlargement, symmetry, ratios, proportions and inverse proportions, data arrangement, etc. 
I  Mixed calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using integers and decimals, divisors and multiples, addition and subtraction of fractions, area of triangles and quadrilaterals, sum of interior angles, volume of cubes and rectangular prisms, averages, polygons, congruent figures, circumference, prisms and cylinders, simple proportion, basic graphs, rates and percentages, etc. 
J  Mixed calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using integers, addition and subtraction using decimals and fractions with common denominator, rounding numbers, area of rectangles/squares, basic solids, angle measurement, parallel/perpendicular lines, parallelograms, rhombuses, trapezoids, diagrams and line graphs, the relationship between two amounts, etc. 
K  Addition/subtraction of integers, multiplication of twodigit numbers, division by onedigit numbers, meaning and expression of decimals and fractions, addition/subtraction of decimals and fractions, calculation of length, weight, and time, circles and spheres, isosceles and equilateral triangles, expression of the relationship between quantitative amounts, tables and bar graphs, etc. 
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