The JLPT is an abbreviation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which is a test for measuring Japanese proficiency for those who do not speak Japanese as their mother tongue. The JLPT has 5 levels-N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5. The smaller the number, the higher the difficulty level.
This test comprehensively measures Japanese communication skills based on the three areas of “language knowledge,” “reading comprehension,” and “listening comprehension.” If you apply for the test and get a passing score or higher, you will be awarded a certification based on that level.. Check more…
2. Date of JLPT Japanese Language Proficiency Test
It is held twice a year, in early July and December.
3. General Description of each JLPT Level
- N5-Can understand basic Japanese to some extent.
- N4-Can understand basic Japanese.
- N3-Can understand Japanese used in everyday situations to some extent.
- N2-In addition to understanding Japanese used in everyday situations, can understand Japanese used in a wider range of situations to some extent.
- N1-Can understand Japanese used in a wide range of situations.
5. Advantages of Taking the JLPT
- You may need it when working for a Japanese company.
- Points are awarded based on testing levels achieved to receive preferential treatment in terms of immigration control in Japan.
- Taking the JLPT is a condition for taking national examinations such as Japanese medical examinations (N1 is required)
- N2 or higher is required to be exempted from the Japanese language test.
- Exemption from some subjects on the Japanese Junior High School Graduate Certificate Examination (N2 or higher makes exempts people from the Japanese language test)
- Taking the JLPT is a condition for selecting candidates to be nurses and care workers.
- Review an overview of JLPT N5, JLPT N4, JLPT N3, JLPT N2, JLPT N1, all about JLPT.
In addition to receiving preferential treatment when residing in Japan, there are cases where a certain level or higher is required for certain occupations.
Since the JLPT is the most widely accepted method for proving your Japanese language level, it is useful in many aspects of your life, even outside of job hunting.
- JLPT Level check. (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test)
- JLPT Practice Test N5, N4, N3, N2, N1.
Try N5 practice test
Vocabulary: 25 min, Grammar: 50min, Listening: 30min
This practice test is slightly different from the actual number of exam questions and question format on the actual N5 test. Please purchase the latest practice exam questions to make sure. Source: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Worldwide Official Website. You can check the official questions of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Try the JLPT example
きのうは うちに （ ） 何（なに）を しましたか。
１ かえる ２ かえるから ３ かえって ４ かえったり
（ ）しないで、どうぞ たくさん たべて ください。
１ しつれい ２ しっぱい ３ えんりょ ４ はんたい
１ すっかり ２ ぐっすり ３ はっきり ４ ぴったり
１ かかって ２ かけて ３ まわって ４ まわして
１ 模索 ２ 思索 ３ 推測 ４ 推移
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