JLPT Practice Test

JLPT Practice Test
Japanese Language Proficiency Test

 

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Nryoku Shiken), or JLPT, is a standardized criterion-referenced test used to evaluate and certify non-native speakers’ Japanese language proficiency. Since 1984, the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (formerly Association of International Education, Japan) have offered the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying non-native speakers’ Japanese proficiency. The JLPT has evolved to include employment screening and evaluation for promotions and pay raises, as well as use in academic settings.

The five-level test (N5 to N1 in ascending order) covers language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability. The test is conducted twice a year in Japan and a few other countries (on the first Sunday of July and December), and once a year in the rest of the world (on either the first Sunday of July or December). The JLPT certificates never expire or become invalid.

Linguistic skills required at each level:

  • N1 Advanced Level: The ability to comprehend Japanese in a variety of contexts.
  • N2 Pre-Advanced Level: The ability to understand Japanese in everyday situations and under a variety of conditions.
  • N3 Intermediate Level: The ability to understand Japanese in everyday situations to some extent.
  • N4 Elementary Level: The ability to understand basic Japanese.
  • N5 Basic Level: The ability to understand some basic Japanese.

History

The JLPT was established in 1984 in response to an increase in demand for standardized Japanese language certification.  The test was initially taken by 7,000 people.  The JLPT was one of the requirements for foreign students entering Japanese universities until 2003. Most universities have used the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) for this purpose since 2003 unlike the JLPT, which is solely a multiple-choice exam, the EJU includes sections that require the examinee to write in Japanese.

The objectives of JLPT:

The JLPT will be administered worldwide to assess and certify non-native speakers’ proficiency in Japanese.

How is the JLPT exam conducted?

The exam is divided into time blocks dedicated to various skills such as vocabulary, grammar, reading, and listening. It is worth noting that the tasks are testing in nature. There is no speaking part, nor are there any written open-ended questions. To obtain the certificate, you must exceed the total score threshold (approximately 50%, depending on the level of the test), as well as the threshold points for individual parts of the exam. This means that even if we get a good grammar score but do not exceed the listening threshold, we will fail the exam.

In what level do you need to get a job?

In general, N2 certification is considered the bare minimum for entry-level jobs, with N1 required for more advanced positions.

N5 and N4 have little value unless you want to demonstrate personal growth or that you are interested in and working toward Japanese proficiency.

N3 is a sort of middle ground that will not land you many jobs in general, but it will open a few more doors, and some employers may be willing to accept you with the expectation that you will soon achieve JLPT N2 or higher.

The benefits of taking the JLPT:

  • The JLPT is used for candidate evaluation by the majority of Japanese businesses: According to Yuji Shinohara, president of Daijob.com, one of Japan’s largest multilingual job placement firms, “the JLPT is definitely a yardstick for many companies seeking to hire foreign nationals in Japan.” Although there are five levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1 – N5), a N5 certification indicates that a person understands basic Japanese and can read hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji. By studying for and passing the JLPT N5, you would be taking the first step toward demonstrating the solid foundation of Japanese required by all employers in order to secure a job in Japan.
  • Participate in Japanese schools and universities: Have you ever considered studying abroad at the University of Tokyo or one of Japan’s other schools or universities? Passing the JLPT N5 will go a long way toward assisting you in realizing your dream, and is a minimum requirement for most learning institutions.
  • Linguistic and communication skills are improved by studying for the JLPT: The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is intended to assess your overall understanding of the language, particularly your reading comprehension. Your linguistic and communication skills will improve dramatically if you study sentence structure and vocabulary in hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji. You will gain a growing sense of accomplishment as your mastery grows and your skills improve as you progress.

Disadvantages of the JLPT

The JLPT is not a comprehensive test and focuses solely on understanding Japanese: listening, reading, and grammar. It does not assess speaking ability and only marginally assesses writing ability. Many people believe that if they pass N2 or higher, they will be able to get any job they want. Interviews will almost certainly be conducted in Japanese, so you must ensure that you can not only understand but also speak Japanese.