Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an exam to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency to work or study in Japan. Japanese language learning is not so difficult if you get right direction. Here is some basic information regarding that subject.

Basic notes:

  • This test is open to all non-native Japanese speakers. 
  • There are no age restrictions for the JLPT.
  • The test is held twice yearly, in July and December. The JLPT certificate never expires. 
  • The JLPT test has five levels, They are N1, N2, N3, N4, and N5. From them, the easiest level is N5 and the most difficult level is N1.
  • This level measures a different level of understanding, like:
    1. N4 & N5 = measure the level of understanding of the basic Japanese language.
    2. N1 & N2 = measure the level of Japanese language used in a broad range of scenes in actual everyday life.
    3. N3 = a bridge level between N1/N2 and N4/N5.

In Nepal, the Japanese Language Teacher’s Association Nepal (JALTAN) takes the JLPT TEST in coordination with the Japanese Embassy since 2000.

Apps like Duolingo, Busuu, and Learn Japanese Offline are best for Japanese language learning.

A Brief Overview

N1

Reading

  • Learners should be able to read writings with logical complexity or abstract writings on a variety of topics, such as newspaper articles and critiques, and comprehend their structures.
  • Learners should be able to read written materials on various topics and follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers comprehensively.

Listening

  • Learners should be able to understand orally presented materials such as logical conversations, news reports, and lectures, spoken at natural speed in a broad variety of settings, and can follow their ideas and understand their contents comprehensively.
  • Learners should be able to understand the details of the presented materials such as the relationships among the people involved in the logical structures and the essential points.
N2

Reading

  • Learners should be able to read materials written clearly on a variety of topics, such as articles and commentaries in newspapers and magazines as well as simple critiques, and comprehend their contents.
  • Learners should be able to read written materials on general topics and follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers.

Listening

  • Learners should be able to understand orally presented materials such as logical conversations and news reports, spoken at nearly natural speed in everyday situations as well as in a variety of settings, and can follow their ideas and comprehend their contents.
  • Learners should be able to understand the relationships among the people involved and the essential points of the presented materials.
N3

Reading

  • Learners can read and understand written materials with specific contents concerning everyday topics.
  • Learners should be able to seize summary information such as newspaper headlines.
  • Besides, Learners should be able to read slightly difficult writings encountered in everyday situations and understand the main points of the content if some alternative phrases are available to help one’s understanding.

Listening

  • Learners must be able to listen and know logical conversations in everyday situations, spoken at near-natural speed, and is generally able to follow their contents as well as grasp the relationships among the people involved.
N4

Reading

  • Learners can read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and kanji.

Listening

  • Learners can listen and understand conversations encountered in daily life and generally follow their contents, provided that they are spoken slowly.
N5

Reading

  • Learners can read and understand typical expressions and sentences written in hiraganakatakana, and basic kanji.

Listening

  • Learners can listen and know conversations about topics regularly encountered in daily life and classroom situations and can pick up necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly.
Books referred by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services for the Japanese Language learning:
  1. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook Vol.2 N1
  2. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook Vol.2 N2
  3. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook Vol.2 N3
  4. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook Vol.2 N4
  5. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook Vol.2 N5
  6. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook N1
  7. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook N2
  8. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook N3
  9. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook N4
  10. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook N5
  11. New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook: An Executive Summary and Sample Questions for N1, N2, and N3
  12. New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook: An Executive Summary and Sample Questions for N4 and N5
For More Information

Japanese Language Teacher’s Association of Nepal (JALTAN)

Exhibition Road, Bishwo Bhasa Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: +977-01-4242400

Embassy of Japan in Nepal

Tel: 977-1-4426-680, Fax: 977-1-4414-101

Panipokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal

JLPT Nepal official

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