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JLPT Exam

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or 日本語能力試験 Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken in Japanese is the a standardized test that evaluates the levels of Japanese language proficiency for non-native Japanese speakers. This test has 5 levels and is held twice a year.

  • Are you confident in your current Japanese vocabulary level?
  • Do you understand all of the Japanese grammar rules?
  • Is your listening and reading abilities at a high enough level?
  • Do you understand the structure of the JLPT exam?
  • Are you able to read and write hiragana, katakana & kanji?
  • Can you confidently understand & communicate in Japanese?

If you answered 'no' to any of those questions, you may want to speak with one of Live Lingua's JLPT tutors. The first trial JLPT class is absolutely free. You can speak with the tutor to see if they think you are ready for the JLPT test and they can propose a study plan for you. No credit card required, and no commitment.

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The goal of the JLPT exams is to test to communicative competence in the Japanese langauge of each test taker. The levels in the exam range from N5-N1, where N1 is the highest level.

The JLPT places importance not only on knowledge of Japanese-language vocabulary and grammar but also on the ability to use the knowledge in actual communication. In order to perform various "everyday tasks" that require language, not only language knowledge but also the ability to actually use it are necessary. Therefore, the JLPT measures comprehensive Japanese-language communicative competence through three elements: "Language Knowledge" to measure, and "Reading" and "Listening" to measure.

JLPT outline

Due to the large scale of testing, answers will be machine-scored. Note that the JLPT does not include sections to measure speaking or writing proficiency directly.

Do you have any questions about the JLPT Japanese exam? You can speak to one of our JLPT tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The JLPT N5 level tests whether or not a person has some basic understanding of the Japanese language. It test the persons ability read basic sentences in hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji as well as their ability to understand basic conversations about regular daily interactions.

JLPT

LEVEL N5
CONTENT
TIME

SECTION 1

VOCABULARY
19 questions
25 minutes

SECTION 2

GRAMMAR
19 questions
50 minutes

SECTION 3

LISTENING
19 questions
30 minutes

Do you have any questions about the JLPT N5 exam? You can speak to one of our JLPT tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The JLPT N4 exam tests whether or not a person has basic understanding of the Japanese language. To pass the test you need to be able to read and understand a passage containing familiar daily topics as well as the ability to understand some simply Japanese conversations when the speaker speaks slowly.

JLPT

LEVEL N4
CONTENT
TIME

SECTION 1

VOCABULARY
19 questions
30 minutes

SECTION 2

GRAMMAR
19 questions
60 minutes

SECTION 3

LISTENING
19 questions
35 minutes

Do you have any questions about the JLPT N4 exam? You can speak to one of our JLPT tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The JLPT N3 exam tests whether or not a person can communicate in the Japanese language in basic everyday situations. To pass this level the test taker needs to be able to skim a document such as a newspaper and understand the general idea of what the articles are covering. They must also be able to understand when spoken to in Japanese at a regular speed about everyday topics.

JLPT

LEVEL N3
CONTENT
TIME

SECTION 1

VOCABULARY
19 questions
30 minutes

SECTION 2

GRAMMAR
19 questions
70 minutes

SECTION 3

LISTENING
19 questions
40 minutes

Do you have any questions about the JLPT N3 exam? You can speak to one of our JLPT tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The JLPT N2 exam tests whether or not a person can communicate in the Japanese language in basic everyday situations as well as some specific unusual situations. They must be able to read articles on a variety of topics and understand not only the literal meaning but also some simple implied means in the content. They must be able to follow conversations between groups of people and understand what is being discussed and the relationships between the speakers.

JLPT

LEVEL N2
CONTENT
TIME

SECTION 1

VOCABULARY
19 questions
30 minutes

SECTION 2

GRAMMAR
19 questions
75 minutes

SECTION 3

LISTENING
19 questions
50 minutes

Do you have any questions about the JLPT N2 exam? You can speak to one of our JLPT tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The JLPT N1 exam tests whether or not a person can communicate in the Japanese language in in almost any circumstance. They must be able to read and understand complex texts as well as understand conversations between groups of people that speak at a high speed about a variety of topics.

JLPT

LEVEL N1
CONTENT
TIME

SECTION 1

VOCABULARY
19 questions
30 minutes

SECTION 2

GRAMMAR
19 questions
80 minutes

SECTION 3

LISTENING
19 questions
60 minutes

Do you have any questions about the JLPT N1 exam? You can speak to one of our JLPT tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.


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