Passing JLPT

This is how you beat the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)!

JLPT is the Japanese equivalent of TOEFL or TOEIC and is a test that measures your Japanese linguistic competence. The test covers grammar, kanji, reading comprehension and listening skills. There are five levels ranging from N5(easiest) to N1(hardest). If you look at a typical Japanese recruitment add for foreigners, a certain JLPT level is often required.

The JLPT test is held twice in Japan, first Sunday in July and in December. I signed up for the July one on the Official JLPT webpage and have about one month left to prepare for the JLPT N2 level. I applied online and paid 5500 yen for taking the test.

I’m taking the test to challenge myself and to get more opportunities in the future.

To prepare for the test I got the book called Gogaku Dekiru Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken (JLPT), it has many example problems including two old practise tests!

To supplement this, I’m also using an app called kanji ninja (漢字忍者). It brings you through the kanji the Japanese elementary school students learn through year 1 to 6.  It’s a simple, fun and motivating game with small lessons on where you type the right kanji with the correct stroke order to pass.

If I have problem memorizing a kanji, I’ll use Heisigs remembering the kanji method together with kanji koohii.

Take a look here on more tips on learning Japanese!



日本語能力試験は、TOEFLやTOEICの日本語版なので、自分の日本語言語能力を測定する試験です。テストは傾聴力, 読解力、漢字、文法についてです。 N5(最も簡単)からN1(最も難しい)までの5つのレベルがあります。外国人採用の日本の典型的な募集を見ると、特定のJLPTレベルがしばしば必要とされています。

JLPTは日本で、7月と12月の最初の日曜日に年に2回開催されています。私は日本語能力試験の公式のWebページ上で7月の試験にサインアップし、今からJLPT N2レベルの準備をするための期間が約1ヶ月間残っています。私はオンラインで申し込み、テストを受けるために5500円を払いました。