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What is JLPT?

JLPT stands for Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

It is a biannaul testing service organized by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services, since 1984.

Since almost everything in Japan is in Japanese language, there is a need to test foreigners (non-native speakers) on the Japanese language proficiency before hiring for a job or enrolling into college/university. Also there are many advantages for an individual if they are JLPT certified.

As per JLPT official website, there are as many as 610,000 examinees around the globe taking this Japanese language test, making JLPT the largest-scale Japanese language test in the world.

The test usually happens in the first week of July and first week of December in more than 100 cities around the world.

You will be tested for reading (vocabs, grammar) and listening skills.

The tests are divided into five levels, from N1 to N5, with N5 being the easiest.

Some of the advantages of having JLPT certification:
1. Getting a job in a Japanese company
2. Getting a job in a MNC in Japan
3. Earning points for improving your immigration status
4. Studying in Japan in certain educational institutions (as well as to work)
5. To work in certain medical profession

More about JLPT can be found in their official website.

In this jlpt.harushi.com, we will focus on the reading skills. For listening skills, I recommend you to check out books that come with audio CD.

Let us focus on reading skills now.
Learn Kanji or words

A note on the list of JLPT Vocabs and Kanji:

As of 2010, there is no official vocabulary list or kanji publised by JLPT organizers. This list is an approximate guide based on past exams.

In old test, there were 4 levels. Find below the number of words and kanji you are expected to know as per the old test pattern.

Level 4: 800 words and 100 Kanji
Level 3: 1,500 words and 300 Kanji
Level 2: 6,000 words and 1,000 Kanji
Level 1: 10,000 words and 2,000 Kanji

Since there is a huge gap between Level 3 and Level 2, the new N1 to N5 level is introduced.

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