JLPT・日本語能力試験

JLPT and the Comparison of Old & New

JLPT is the acronym for Japanese Language Proficiency Test(日本語能力試験). JLPT started in 1984 and its purpose is to certify and identify non-native speakers’ level of Japanese.

What’s the Merit of Having a JLPT Certificate?

The certificate is issued by the joint organization of the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services(国際交流基金と日本国際教育協会).

It is pretty reliable and well recognised by academic schools and companies. The certificate justifies your language level as non-native speakers when applying Japanese schools or jobs in the Japanese companies.

Test Components

1. Vocabulary/ Grammar

2. Reading

3. Listening

For Further Details:

http://www.jlpt.jp/e/about/points.html

Comparison of Old (1~4 till 2009) and New Levels (N1~N5 from 2010) of JLPT:

(N1 is the hardest and N5 is the easiest)

Please see the pdf files from the official website:

http://www.jlpt.jp/e/about/comparison.html

Basically the new additional level, N3, bridges the gaps between the level 2 and level 4 (previously known as level 3). Other original levels were still similar.

If you are looking for jobs in Japanese company, generally N1 or N2 certificate is required unless you are applying for working holidays or English teaching positions.

Test in Japan and Issue of Certificate (Online Application)

Test usually takes place twice every year on the first Sunday of July and December. You will receive the results and certificate (if passed) in early September the same year.

Test Outside of Japan and Issue of Certificate

Test usually takes place once every year on the first Sunday of December.

You will receive the results and certificate (if passed) in early February the following year.

List of Countries JLPT Offered Outside of Japan: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/application/overseas_list.html

Note:

Official JPLT Website in Other Language Interfaces:

日本語/ Japanese: http://www.jlpt.jp/index.html

簡体字/ Simplified Chinese: http://www.jlpt.jp/cn/index.html

繁體字/ Traditional Chinese: http://www.jlpt.jp/tw/index.html

Source: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/, Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services, last accessed 17/9/2013

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