THE HEC STARTER KIT (Now available!)

HEC is an exciting opportunity for both the ALT and the students. There is a lot of information and steps that need to be done, so it can get overwhelming. But not to worry, we’ve put together a Starter Kit (new!) that has all the important documents you need to successfully administer the Hokkaido English Challenge right at your schools.

The Starter Kit includes:

  1. The Official and Abbreviated HEC Guide
  2. The Abbreviated Guide in Japanese
  3. Letter Packs, a formal letter addressed to the BOEs, schools, parents, and teachers
  4. Paper Registration Form
  5. Posters in both English and Japanese
  6. The Test Preparation Packet
  7. The previous year’s JHS test
  8. The previous year’s SHS test

Individual links to all these resources can be found below. If you have any questions about how to use these documents or about HEC in general, the HEC Director’s email is always available at

1 & 2. The Official and Abbreviated HEC Guide for 2022

Read all about HEC, how you can get your students involved, how to prepare for the test, and basically, all the information you need to administer a successful Hokkaido English Challenge! The Guide comes in two versions, an official guide with in-depth information and an abbreviated guide for a quick overview of the challenge.

The HEC 2022 Official Guide

The HEC 2022 Abbreviated Guide

The HEC 2022 Abbreviated Guide in Japanese

3. HEC Letter Pack

Want to talk to your BOE, schools, and parents about HEC but don’t know how? Not to worry! These letter packs are formal letters that explain the essentials of HEC. As a first step, please be sure to show these letters to your BOE and schools before approaching students about.

We advise that the ALT prints out a letter addressed to the BOE before proceeding to hand out posters to their students. The BOE may relay the information along to the schools, or the ALT can print out the letter addressed to schools to their respective Principal and Vice Principal.

When handing out information to the student, we also advise to print out a letter addressed to the parents to hand out along with the poster.

2022 HEC Letter Pack (English & Japanese)

4. Paper Registration Form & Online Registration Form

Registration is done in two parts. Please make sure you carefully complete BOTH parts!

First, students and parents will fill out a Paper Registration Form.

Then the ALT will input the information into an online form. Please be sure to read all the information and Terms and Conditions.

5. Posters

Posters are a great visual way to catch the attention of students. Below you can find the official HEC posters for 2022 in English. The Japanese version is coming soon! Each poster also comes in 2 different printable versions, full color and black and white, suitable for any of your copying needs.


2022 HEC Poster (JP Official)

2022 HEC Poster (JP, Black & White)

6. Test Preparation (NEW!) & Previous Tests

For everything you need to prepare yourself and your students for the test, we have put together a comprehensive Test Preparation Packet (2022 Version – UPDATED!), which includes contents such as how to administer the test, guidelines to follow, the judging rubric, and more.

Previous tests are a great way to practice with your students. Previous tests can be found here. Every single year’s test since 1999 can be found, so you can get a lot of practice in!

Sapporo ALT Development Conference HEC Presentations

2019 Sapporo ALT Development Conference HEC Presentation (English)

Presented by Oliver Firth, Casey Lodge, and Colin Takeo

2018 Sapporo ALT Development Conference HEC Presentation (English)

Presented by Crystal Hartsough

2017 Sapporo ALT Development Conference HEC Presentation (English)

Presented by Benjamin Lee

If you wish to review it, present it to others, or relive the experience, please go ahead!