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JLPT(Japanese Language Proficiency Test)

For study in japan, you may need to prove japanese language skill before you enroll to school by take examination of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in other of EJU test. Especially for study in Bachelor Degree or above. We would like to introduce about Japanese Language Proficiency Test before you going to study in japan.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験) (JLPT) is the test for evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers. The test available 2 times every year and have 5 levels of test (N5 – N1)

Level of test and detail

N1

The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances.

Reading

One is able to read writings with logical complexity and/or abstract writings on a variety of topics, such as newspaper editorials and critiques, and comprehend both their structures and contents.

One is also able to read written materials with profound contents on various topics and follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers comprehensively.

Listening

One is able to comprehend orally presented materials such as coherent conversations, news reports, and lectures, spoken at natural speed in a broad variety of settings, and is able to follow their ideas and comprehend their contents comprehensively. One is also able to understand the details of the presented materials such as the relationships among the people involved, the logical structures, and the essential points.

N2

The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree.

Reading

One is 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.

Listening

One is able to comprehend orally presented materials such as coherent conversations and news reports, spoken at nearly natural speed in everyday situations as well as in a variety of settings, and is able to follow their ideas and comprehend their contents. One is also able to understand the relationships among the people involved and the essential points of the presented materials.

N3

The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree.

Reading

One is able to read and understand written materials with specific contents concerning everyday topics.

One is also able to grasp summary information such as newspaper headlines.

In addition, one is also 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 aid one’s understanding.

Listening

One is able to listen and comprehend coherent 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

The ability to understand basic Japanese.

Reading

One is able to read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and kanji.

Listening

One is able to listen and comprehend conversations encountered in daily life and generally follow their contents, provided that they are spoken slowly.

N5

The ability to understand some basic Japanese.

Reading

One is able to read and understand typical expressions and sentences written in hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji.

Listening

One is able to listen and comprehend conversations about topics regularly encountered in daily life and classroom situations, and is able to pick up necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly.

Test section

Level Detail
Test sections Time (Minute) Score
N1 Vocabulary/Grammar 110 60
Reading 60
Listening 60 60
Total 170 180
N2 Vocabulary/Grammar 105 60
Reading 60
Listening 50 60
Total 155 180
N3 Vocabulary 30 60
Reading/Grammer 70 60
Listening 40 60
Total 140 180
N4 Vocabulary 30 120
Reading/Grammer 60
Listening 35 60
Total 125 180
N5 Vocabulary 25 120
Reading/Grammer 50
Listening 30 60
Total 105 180

Determination of pass/fail

Level Total score Scores by Scoring Sections
Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)
Reading Listening
Range of scores Overall pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks
N1 0~180
points
100 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points
N2 0~180
points
90 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points
N3 0~180
points
95 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points

 

Level Total score Scores by Scoring Sections
Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading
Listening
Range of scores Overall pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks
N4 0~180
points
90 points 0~120 points 38 points 0~60 points 19 points
N5 0~180
points
80 points 0~120 points 38 points 0~60 points 19 points

List of  Overseas Test site

For list of Overseas Test site. Please check at this URL
http://www.jlpt.jp/e/application/overseas_list.html