The New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Contents. What sort of test is the JLPT?. 4 key points of the new JLPT. New test FAQs. More questions?. What sort of test is the JLPT?. The test evaluates and certifies Japanese-language proficiency of non-native speakers.
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What sort of testis the JLPT?
4 key points of the new JLPT
New test FAQs
・ 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.
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-
4. What you can do in Japanese is easily visualized
that the new JLPT measures
Measured through 3 test sections
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
＊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
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.
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test “Can-do” List
(tentative name) will be released by March 2011.
JLPT ”Can-do” List
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.
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
(New Japanese-Language Proficiency
Test Sample Questions) on our official
・Scores are indicated by scaled scores.
・Listening section proportion increased from 1:4 to 1:3.
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.
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.
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
*TheJuly 2010 test includes N1, N2 and N3 only.
*From the December 2010 test onwards, all five
levels will be included.
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
・ You can also see if local host institutions
offer the test in July and/or December.
・ JLPT official website welcomes you!
Lots of information, such as theJLPT Guidebook, sample
questions, Listening audio samples, FAQs and more are waiting
・ 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.