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The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

The New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)


Contents

Contents

What sort of testis the JLPT?

4 key points of the new JLPT

New test FAQs

More questions?


The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

What sort of test is the JLPT?

  • The test evaluates and certifies Japanese-language proficiency of non-native speakers.

  • It has over 20 years ofhistory since its establishment in 1984.

  • The test has been jointly conducted by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES).


Why has the jlpt been revised

Why has theJLPT been revised?

・ The number of Japanese-language learners hasincreased.

・ Their reasons for learning and using the language have become more diverse.

The old JLPT until 2009was reviewed and revised.

It became the new JLPT from 2010.


The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

4 key points of the new JLPT

1. Increased focus on communicative competence

2. The number of levels was increased to 5;

examinees can select a more suitable level

3. The scoring method was revised to ensure

more accurate measurement of Japanese-

language proficiency

4. What you can do in Japanese is easily visualized


1 increased focus on communicative competence

1.Increased focus on communicative competence

Japanese-language proficiency

that the new JLPT measures

  • ① Knowledge of the Japanese language:

  • How much an applicant knows about the Japanese language,

  • including vocabulary and grammar

  • Competence:

  • How well an applicant makes use of language knowledge

  • in practical communication

Measured through 3 test sections

Language Knowledge

(Vocabulary/Grammar)

Reading

Listening


2 the number of levels was increased to 5 examinees can select a more suitable level

2.The number of levels was increased to 5; examinees can select a more suitable level


The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

Newly established


The scoring method was revised to ensure more accurate measurement of japanese language proficiency

3.The scoring method was revised to ensure more accurate measurement of Japanese-language proficiency

Old JLPT scores: Raw scores

Calculated by the number of correctly answered questions

New JLPT scores: Scaled scores

・The same competency is given the same number of points

in each test

  ・The same scale is always used to calculate scores for the

same-level test

*The highest degree of fairness can be maintained,

as scaled scores never fluctuate based on the

difficulty level of tests

*Scaled scores can indicate anapplicant's

proficiency more accurately than raw scores do


Example a san s test result s in raw scores and scaled scores

Example: A-san’s test results in raw scores andscaled scores

A-san took N2 level tests in July as well as in December.

Below are his Listening test results.

Both numbers are the same, 10.

Not sure if A-san’s listening ability improved.

Clear that A-san’s listening ability improved.

※The data shown is only an example to explain the new JLPT scoring system,

not for actual score calculation.


4 what you can do in japanese is easily visualized

4. What you can do in Japanese is easily visualized

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test “Can-do” List

(tentative name) will be released by March 2011.

Sample


With the japanese language proficiency test can do list

With theJapanese-Language Proficiency Test “Can-do” list,

JLPT ”Can-do” List

Test result

Passed “N?”

We can better understand thetest results in terms of

practical Japanese-language use.

I see. Those who passed the

“N ?” test THOUGHT they could do these activities with the Japanese language in study, work and daily life.


Q how will the test sections and times change

New test FAQs

QHow will the test sections and times change?


The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

QHow should I decide which test level to take?

A- See the table “Summary of Linguistic

Competence Required for Each Level”

- See the table “Corresponding Levels of New

and Old Tests”

- See the book “Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken

Mondairei-Shuu”

(New Japanese-Language Proficiency

Test Sample Questions) on our official

website


Q how can i receive test results

QHow can I receive test results?

・Scores are indicated by scaled scores.

・Listening section proportion increased from 1:4 to 1:3.


In test in test results

Corresponding Sections

In test In test results


Q how is pass or fail determined

QHow is pass or fail determined?

A ・ You need to take all test sections.

   ・ You need to fulfill both ① and ② below.

・Failure to exceed theminimum point for any scoring section will result in a determination of fail for the entire test, even if your total score is above the minimum acceptable total score.

・Minimum acceptable scores for thetotal and for each scoring section will be announced in September 2010 for N1, N2 and N3. For N4 and N5,

they will be announced in March 2011.


The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

QCan I pass by studying the way I have been

doing? Should I change the way I study?

A ・ The way you have been studying will still work.

   ・ Please note that the new JLPT places importance

not only on knowledge of the Japanese language

but also on competence in using the knowledge

in practical communication.

   ・ Make use of “Mondairei-Shuu.”

These sample questions cover all question styles

at all levels, and they will help you prepare for the test.


The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

QWhen will the new test be held?

A ・Twice a year, in July and December.

*Certain countries/areas will only offer the test

in December and not in July.

・In 2010, the test dates are July 4th and

December 5th.

*TheJuly 2010 test includes N1, N2 and N3 only.

*From the December 2010 test onwards, all five

levels will be included.


The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

QWhere is the test administered outside Japan ?

ASee “List of Overseas Test Site Cities and Local

Host Institutions” on our official website.

・ You can find cities and countries/areas offering

the test.

・ You can also see if local host institutions

offer the test in July and/or December.


The new japanese language proficiency test jlpt

More Questions?

・ JLPT official website welcomes you!

http://www.jlpt.jp/e/

Lots of information, such as theJLPT Guidebook, sample

questions, Listening audio samples, FAQs and more are waiting

for you.

・ Send your inquiries in Japanese or

English from the inquiry page of

the official website.

*Inquiries regarding the JLPT outside Japan only.

For inquiries on JLPT administration in Japan, please call JEES,

the JLPT administrator in Japan.


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