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Try Japanese Language Proficiency Test to show your Japanese skills!

Yeo-Jin is an exchange student at a college. She is meeting her friend Mary, who is a graduate of the same college, for the first time in a long while. Yeo-Jin has some questions to ask Mary, who is working at a Japanese company now.

Mary

Happy New Year, Yeo-Jin! It is so nice to see you again.
Yeo-Jin
Happy New Year to you too, Mary.

Mary

Let’s make this year a great one for both of us. So, tell me about your New Year resolution.

Yeo-Jin

I want to get some qualifications so that I can find a good job after graduation.

Mary

You want to work for a Japanese company, right?

Yeo-Jin

Yes. Do you have any suggestions for the qualifications or certificates that would help me find a job at a Japanese company?

Mary

If you want to show your Japanese language skills, you should take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Have you taken this test before?

Yeo-Jin

No, but I have heard about it.

Mary

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an exam to measure and approve Japanese language skills of people who are not Japanese native speakers. It is the largest Japanese language test taken worldwide. The test has been recognized not only as a standard to show one’s proficiency of Japanese but also as a great tool for job hunting, promotion at work, license and certification, and so on.

Yeo-Jin

Do you know how often the test is held?

Mary

The test is given twice a year, in July and December.

Yeo-Jin

That means the next test will be in July. Maybe I should try it…

Mary

You can take the JLPT at various locations throughout Japan as well as around the world. For December 2011, the test was held in 40 prefectures in Japan and 196 cities of 60 other countries and regions.

Yeo-Jin

That sure sounds like the largest Japanese test in the world!

Mary continues to give Yeo-Jin details about the test.

Mary

The test includes three sections, which are “language knowledge,” “reading,” and “listening.”
Yeo-Jin
I understand what I would have to do for the reading and listening tests, but how about “language knowledge”? What will I be tested?

Mary

“Language knowledge” section is to measure how much of the Japanese letters and characters, vocabulary, and grammar you have mastered. The test is given in five levels of competence, from N1 through N5. The entry level is N5, which requires the ability to understand some basic Japanese. The most difficult level is N1, for which you need to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances.
Yeo-Jin
Which level would be sufficient to give me an advantage for my job search?

Mary

You probably need N1 level to show that your Japanese is really good. But it is best to start from the level that matches your current ability. Sample test questions for different skill levels are available at the JLPT official website, so you might want to try those first to see where your skill level might be.

Yeo-Jin

I see. First I need to know what my level is before taking the test.

Mary

The detailed information about the next test in July 2012 will be published in late January at the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services official website. Good luck for your success on the test!

Yeo-Jin

Thank you, I will do my best!

Japanese Language Proficiency Test official website http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html