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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.
The N2 level expects you to know 1,000 kanji and 6,000 vocabulary words. You might find that this exam begins to focus heavily on reading comprehension. Test questions will be subtler compared to the previous, more straightforward levels. You need to exercise your ability to interpret bodies of Japanese text as a whole, as well as how individual parts relate to each other.
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 N2, you can read materials written clearly on a variety of topics, such as articles and commentaries in newspapers and magazines as well as simple critiques, and comprehend their contents. You are also able to read written materials on general topics and follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers.
Listening Objectives - At N2, you can comprehend orally presented materials such as coherent conversations and news reports, spoken at nearly natural speed in everyday situations as well as in a variety of settings, and can follow their ideas and comprehend their contents. You are also able to understand the relationships among the people involved and the essential points of the presented materials.
Examples of N2 Vocabulary:
宴会 ・ 外れる ・ 時速 ・ 校舎 ・ 並木 (Click for full list)
Examples of N2 Grammar:
ばかりか ・ どうやら ・ 以外 ・ に限って ・ の下で (Click for full list)
Estimated Study Hours Required*: ~1800
If you study 1 hour per day, this level will take: 254 weeks
If you study 2 hours per day, this level will take: 137 weeks
If you study 3 hours per day, this level will take: 85 weeks
*assuming that you are starting from 0
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