2. Test Papers
Q9 How many levels are there in the JLPT? How do these levels correspond to the Japanese school system?
There are 5 levels N1-N5 in the JLPT. Level N1 is the most difficult and level N5 is the easiest. As the JLPT Summary of Linguistic Competence Required for Each Level is different from the National Study Curriculum for native Japanese students, we cannot compare. This is because studying Japanese as one’s native language and as a foreign language requires different approach.
Q10 What is the “Chokai” (listening) test?
“Chokai” is a listening test. You will be listening to conversations or other sound materials and answer questions based on them.
Q11 Can you tell me how to study for the JLPT and can you recommend any study materials?
Although we do not recommend particular study methods or materials, we suggest trying to answer the JLPT sample questions. Please see JLPT website or please refer to the following guidebooks and exercise book for JLPT.
[Name and Price of the books]
① ATARASHII NIHONGO NOURYOKU SHIKEN MONDAIREI SHUU (New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Sample Questions)
for N1-N3 level version (945 yen incl. tax) / N4-N5 level version (840 yen incl. tax).
② An exercise book for JLPT N1 / N2 / N3 / N4 / N5 (735 yen incl. tax, respectively) ( issued in March 2012)
The above books should be available at major bookstores such as Kinokuniya, Maruzen, Junkudo, Asahiya or Sanseido etc. If you cannot find it, please contact the publisher BONJINSYA (tel. 03-3263-3959). As for other study materials, please consult the Japanese language section of bookstores.
Q12 Can you refer me to a school where I can study for the JLPT?
We do not recommend particular schools. If you would like to know which schools you may go, please contact: The Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education (tel.03-5304-7815).