JLPT, if you are studying Japanese, you “might”- or should – have heard about it. Otherwise, JLPT might just sound completely random to you. In case you still don´t know about it, JLPT actually stands for Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験 Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken.)
There are five different levels:
- N1: The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances
- N2: The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree
- N3: The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree
- N4: The ability to understand basic Japanese
- N5: The ability to understand some basic Japanese
One of the things that I really like about this test is that JLPT certificates do not expire or become invalid over time. The JLPT measures comprehensive Japanese-language communicative competence through three tasks: “Language Knowledge” to measure and “Reading” and “Listening.” It does not include sections to measure speaking or writing proficiency directly.
(If you want to know more about this test, click here, you will find everything you need to know about the test, scores, study guides and test-dates.) Also, this is a very comprehensive web where you can find great information about the JLPT.
I personally wouldn’t need to take it per se, but in order to motivate myself and keep studying harder every day, I do want to take each exam. My brain does not seem to work properly if there isn’t some kind of goal or finish-line to reach, especially in terms of language skills. So I decided to share some resources that I am currently using to take the JLPT.
In addition, these charts show an estimate of the hours that you should be putting in when studying Japanese (obviously every person is different, and some people might be quicker learners than others, but since it is an estimate, I thought it was a fair approach. You will find more planning tips here. Also, JLPT BootCamp wrote a post on JLPT study hours and average study plans, I think it would be interesting to check it out as well.)
- Japanese Lesson *Planning
- JLPT.jp The official site of the JLPT. This is the place to get all the official information about the test.)
- JEES.or.jp The website for JEES (Japan Educational Exchanges and Services). They make the JLPT and administer it in Japan.
- Saora Free Study Resources *Very detailed
- JLPT Study Guide Kit
- Tae Kim’s Japanese Grammar Guide
- The JlPT Study Page
- MLC free study materials
- JLPT online resources
- JLPT Dekiru
- Japanese Talk Online
*I will be uploading this post as a page (you will be able to find JLPT resources on the LearningResources tab.)
Oh! One last thing I almost forgot 😉 :