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What is the JLPT?
JLPT stands for “Japanese Language Proficiency Test”. It is the recognized language proficiency exam for Japan and Japanese employers. The exam is given worldwide every December, with some countries also offering a July exam date.
More information: Objectives and History | JLPT Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
What are the levels?
The JLPT is split into 5 levels of N-proficiency, where 5 is the most basic and 1 is the most advanced.
- N5: The ability to understand some basic Japanese
- N4: The ability to understand basic Japanese
- N3: The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations
- N2: The ability to understand everyday situations and a variety of circumstances to a certain degree
- N1: The ability to understand Japanese in a variety of circumstances
N2 proficiency is the JLPT level most often sought out by Japanese employers.
You must know 2,000 kanji and 10,000 vocabulary words to pass the N1 level. You’ll notice that this level expects twice as much kanji as the previous level. It’s definitely a challenge since these include specialized words or those you’d find in academic situations.
Studying for this test in an environment where you have easy access to everything Japanese is a great advantage. Listen to news reports as they appear on television or even read the latest hit novel from a nearby bookstore.
Reading Objectives - At N1, you can read writings with logical complexity and/or abstract writings on a variety of topics, such as newspaper editorials and critiques, and comprehend both their structures and contents. You are also able to read written materials with profound content on various topics and follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers comprehensively.
Listening Objectives - At N1, you can comprehend orally presented materials such as coherent conversations, news reports, and lectures spoken at natural speed in a broad variety of settings, and can follow their ideas and comprehend their contents comprehensively. You are also able to understand the details of the presented materials such as the relationships among the people involved, the logical structures, and the essential points.
Examples of N1 Grammar:
ばこそ ・ だろうに ・ 放題 ・ もしくは ・ にかかっている (Click for full list)
Estimated Study Hours Required*: ~2600
If you study 1 hour per day, this level will take: 369 weeks
If you study 2 hours per day, this level will take: 199 weeks
If you study 3 hours per day, this level will take: 123 weeks
*assuming that you are starting from 0
This thread may be used for goal-tracking, celebrating, lamenting, and asking for advice. There is an expectation of respect towards others, particularly in instances where your ability may be above that of someone asking a question. Be mindful of condescension - we are ALL learners.
Please share resources! However, make sure that any links you share abide by the forum guidelines against advertising less-than-legal file sharing websites.
Book Sets - Series containing each subject separately
- 新完全マスター Shin Kanzen Master
- 日本語総まとめ Nihongo Soumatome
- スピードマスター N1 Speedmaster (No Natively link, sorry)
Practice Books - Individual books covering multiple/all subjects
- JLPT Official Practice Book
- 日本語の森「この一冊で合格する」Nihongo no Mori
- 新日本語 Shin Nihongo 500問
- にほんごはじめよう Try!
- “JLPT Best Practice Tests” Series (No Natively link, sorry)
Subject Books - Books on one subject that are not part of a series
- Listening Comprehension
- Reading Comprehension