JLPT – Japanese Language Proficiency Test

JLPT is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test for international students.

While learning daily conversation, would you like to know how much you have progressed at the same time?

JLPT is set in 5 levels. At each level, students can obtain a certificate. The certificates are recognised as academic credit for schools. They are also used to assess employment ability in Japan.

Tests are held twice a year in July and December in Japan and around the world.

The learning contents focus on the vocabulary and grammar that are used in actual situations. Your knowledge is tested in reading and listening.

Japanese Hiragana

JLPT by steps

N5 – Complete Beginner

The ability to understand very basic Japanese.

Reading skill:

Read and understand typical expressions and sentences written in hiraganakatakana. And read basic kanji.

Listening skill:

Understand daily short conversations if spoken slowly.

N4 – Beginner Level

The ability to understand basic Japanese.

Reading skill:

Read and understand sentences on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary. And read more kanji.

Listening skill:

Understand daily short conversations and answer to the questions if spoken slowly.

N3 – Intermediate Level

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

Reading skill:

Read and understand some written contents on everyday topics such as newspaper headlines.

Listening skill:

Understand conversations in everyday situations, spoken at near-natural speed, and have a group conversation.

What you can do with N3:

A part-time job such as working in stores or restaurants may be available at this level.

N2 – Advance level

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

Reading skill:

Read materials on a variety of topics, such as articles in newspapers and magazines and understand the writers’ intent.

Listening skill:

Understand conversation in almost every situations, spoken at nearly natural speed. And understand the instructions and engage in the discussions.

What you can do with N2:

You can apply for Professional training colleges.  Office jobs may be available at this level.

N1 – Advanced Complete level

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

Reading skill:

Read complex materials on a variety of topics, such as newspaper editorials and critiques, and understand both the structures and contents.

Listening skill:

Understand conversation in almost every situation, spoken at nearly natural speed. And understand the presentation, news reports or lectures on complex topics. 

What you can do with N1:

You can apply for Universities. Technical jobs may be available at this level.