【NiCA】 The third-party test evaluation authority of ONiT

Nihongo Communication Association

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What is the Nihongo Communication Association (NiCA)?

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NiCA ensures ONiT reliability

What is the Nihongo Communication Association (NiCA)?
 ◎We are non-profitthird-party evaluation authority independent from the testing organization (ICI).
 ◎We have the Test Evaluation Committee (TEC) is composed of experts in testing and Japanese language education.
 ◎We hold regular meetings to ensure the reliability of the test (ONiT).

What is ONiT?

 

Main 4 activities

 We contribute to keeping the reliability of the test through the main 4 activities below.

 

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【Activity@】Review ONiT Reliability
NiCA verifies the reliability of ONiT grading.

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◎NiCA reviews the test reliability as a Non-profit third-party organization periodically.
◎We aim to maintain and improve the reliability of ONiT.

 

 

【ActivityA】Certify the ONiT score report
NiCA reviews the fairness and accuracy of the ONiT score report.

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◎We certify that there are no defects in the testing process.
◎Eliminate fraud and evaluation mistakes, and examine whether the test result is trusted.

 

 

 

 

【ActivityB】Review ONiT test items
All of the test items would be judged based on our own guidelines.

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◎NiCA reviews the quality of new and existing test items regularly.
◎We ensure that the test results are fair.

 

 

 

【ActivityC】Review and certify ONiT graders

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Thoroughly trained graders would be screened for the qualification.

◎NiCA reviews the quality of new and existing graders regularly.
◎It helps maintain and improve the reliability of the test.
※The answers of one testee are evaluated by multiple graders with thorough training based on our own evaluation criteria at ONiT.

 

NiCA conducts these 4 activities above regularly.

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◎NiCA「Test Evaluation Committee (TEC)」 is composed of specialists in testing and Japanese language educations.
◎We regularly carry out four types of strict third-party evaluations through activities (1) to (4).
◎Based on the results of these evaluations, we recommend the ONiT testing organization, ICI to make improvements.

 

In order to assure the quality of the test, NiCA reccomends points to be improved to the testing organization (ICI) accordingly.

◎NiCA will continue to check whether improvements based on the recommendations are being implemented appropriately.
◎As a non-profit third party, NiCA's activities willl assure that ONiT will continue to be a test trusted by testees, society, and businesses.
◎Whenever amendment to the test is necessary, the Test Evaluation Committee (TEC) will discuss the impact of the change. Major amendments that influence the test results will be announced on this website accordingly. NiCA will also recommend the ONiT testing organization, ICI publish similar announcement on the ONiT Website.

 

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What is ONiT Oral Business Japanese Test?

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 The ONiT Oral Business Japanese Test is a test (CBT) that measures the oral proficiency of Japanese in business situations, mainly for those who do not speak Japanese as their mother tongue. Test items are presented by voice and images.

 

 Testee answers are evaluated by multiple graders who have undergone thorough training based on our own evaluation criteria. The test results will be sent to the testees in the form of a detailed score report after being examined closely by the Association.

 

 ONiT is carried out by ICI , the testing organization. There is no fixed test date. Please contact ICI from the ONiT website for details.

 

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Test Evaluation Committee (TEC)

The NiCA Test Evaluation Committee (TEC) is composed of specialists in testing and Japanese language education that regularly gather to assess the reliability of the ONiT Oral Business Japanese Test.

The result of the reliability evaluations are HERE

 

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Sukero Ito / Committee chairman

 Professor, Chief of Japanese Language Teaching Practices Area,
 Graduate School of Global Communication and Language of Akita International University
 Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
 Former chief director, The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
   Speciality:Japanese language education, Applied linguistics

Yoshihiro Sakoda / Committee member

 Teacher, The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships [AOTS]
   Speciality:Japanese language education, Test development

Hiroyuki Nishikawa / Committee member

 Associate professor, Department of Japanese, Faculty of Languages and Cultures of Meikai University
   Speciality:Japanese language education, Applied linguistics

Ikuo Doi / Committee member, Secretariat

 Representative director, Ikuo Doi
   Speciality:Japanese language education, Test development

(Feb 2021)

 

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Overview of NiCA

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Name of organization

 Nihongo Communication Association (NiCA)

Representative

 Ikuo Doi
 Representative Director

Address

 #1414, 1-5-5, Honcho, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, 164-0012 JAPAN

Establishment date

 2nd July 2014

Mission Statement

 As a Non-profit Third-party Evaluation and Certification Authority for ONiT Oral Business Japanese Test, the NiCA aims to contribute to improve and promote better communicaton among people from all over the world.

Operations

 @ONiT evaluation and certification
 AInvestigation and research related to testing
 BAdvisory for the testing organizaiton
 CTest development
 DDissemination and sales for ONiT
 EOther operations necessary to achieve the mission of this asscciation.

Main banks

 Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Kojimachi Branch
 Rakuten Bank, Second Sales Branch

Board members
Ikuo Doi / Representative director

 Representative, Nihongo Assist

Katsuhiro Aoki / Director

 Vice Chairman, NPO Kawaguchi Center For Living Together And Walking
 Principal, Shintoshin International Japanese Language School
 Representative, International Course of Kawaguchi Civil College
 Teacher, Night classes of Kawaguchi City High School
 Former director, Japanese Language Training School of Labo International Exchange Foundation

Sukero Ito / Director

 Professor, Chief of Japanese Language Teaching Practices Area,
 Graduate School of Global Communication and Language of Akita International University
 Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
 Former chief director, The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

Yoshihiro Sakoda / Director

 Teacher,
 The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships [AOTS]

Ayako Doi / Director

 Nihongo Assist

Hiroyuki Nishikawa / Director

 Associate professor,
 Department of Japanese, Faculty of Languages and Cultures of Meikai University

Kousei Hashimoto / Director

 Chief secretariat, NPO Student Carrier Support Network
 Chief secretariat, HR Growing Support Farm
 Vice chairman, NPO Student Career Support Study Group
 Coodinator, Intermediate Employment Study Group of Tokyo Entrepreneur Association
 Chief secretariat, NPO Youth Employment Network

Yuka Urano / Inspector

 Representative, Petau LLC.

(Feb 2021)

 

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History

2009

 ICI started it's challenge to create a "Computer based Japanese speaking test", the initial version of the current ONiT, funded by the Ministry of Economy, Kanto Economy and Industry Bureau.

2013

 ICI started development of current ONiT.

2014

 NiCA officially established.
 Test Evaluation Committee (TEC) established.
 ONiT 1st trial test conducted.

2015

 ONiT 2nd and 3rd trial test conducted.

2016

 ONiT 4th trial test conducted.

2017

 ONiT 5th trial test conducted.
 Ended ONiT development in collaboration with ICI.

2018

 Started NiCA third-party test evaluation and certification process.

2019

 ONiT was reported on the Agency for Cultural Affairs "2018 Comprehensive Survey of Japanese Language Education" -About the mechanism of Japanese language ability evaluation- (March 2019)

2021

 Started offering ONiT online tests for companies.
 ONiT was reported on the Agency for Cultural Affairs "Reference Frame for Japanese Language Education" Secondary Report (Draft) -Concept of Japanese Language Proficiency Evaluation- (February 2021).

 

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