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About JLPT

The Japanese language proficiency test is a very well recognized Japanese language certification exam organized by the Japan Educational Exchange and Services and The Japan Foundation. Its abbreviation is JLPT exam which started in the year 1984. The exam in Japanese language is called "Nihongo Nouryoku shaken". The exam takes place once every year. The date and time of the exam is decided by each country individually.

Not all countries of the world are eligible to take this exam. Only the member countries are allowed to administer this exam. Until the year 2009, this exam had only 4 levels. However, from the year 2010 a new level has been introduced making it to 5 levels.

Earlier the four levels were named as yonkyu, sankyu, nikyu and ikyu, which are level 4, level 3, level 2 and level 1 respectively. Yonkyu is the very basic level then comes sankyu, then nikyu, which is very difficult compared to yonkyu. Finally is ikyu, which is the most difficult level out of all. The new level which has been introduced is the level between sankyu and nikyu. This was done because there was a vast difference between the difficulty level of sankyu and nikyu. So to reduce this gap the new level has been introduced.

There are a few changes that have been taken place in the examination system. They are as follows:-

  • The names of the levels have been changed to N5, N4, N3, N2 and N1. Levels N5 and N4 are the same as Yonkyu and Sankyu respectively. Nikyu and Ikyu have been renamed to N2 and N1. The level between Sankyu and Nikyu is N3. The "N" stands for both either "New" or "Nihongo".
  • A candidate can appear for only one level of the JLPT exam every year. Due to this reason, theN3, N2 and N1 level exams will be conducted twice a year in a few countries.
  • Until the year 2009 the passing system was an aggregate score of 60% for Yonkyu, Sankyu and Nikyu, and 70% for Ikyu. But according to the new and revised system an individual should score the passing percent in both the individual sections as well as over all total of all the sections.

The main objective behind conducting JLPT exam is to check the proficiency level of an examinee in listening, writing, speaking and reading skills. The question paper format is of multiple choice questions. There are four different options given for a single answer. The examinee needs to color only one cirlcle which he/ she feels is the most correct and appropriate answer out of the options provided.

The first section is called the "Moji goi", which tests a candidate’s Japanese vocabulary and kanji skills. The second section is called "Dokkai", which consists of comprehensions and related questions which need to be answered. This section also consists of separate questions, which are based purely on Japanese grammar. The last section which is known as "chyoukai" is to check your listening and understanding skills simultaneously. A cassette is played in the examination hall, which consists of conversations and questions. Based on that conversation you need to answer. The cassette is played only once. Therefore, you need to listen, concentrate and catch the right words that would help you in answering the questions. All the sections have a specific time allotted. Also, all the levels consist of these three sections. Depending upon the exam level the difficulty level rises.

The Japan Foundation sends the scorecards and certificates to the examinees. According to the new system the score cards are going to be more precise and specific. It will give you the scores of individual sections as well as the overall score. It will also give you some guideline for your further studies of Japanese language. Irrespective of the level to which the candidate is appearing, he/ she have to be very thorough with the vocabulary, kanji and grammar of the language to clear the Japanese language proficiency test.

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