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1 The New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

2 Contents What sort of test is the JLPT? 4 key points of the new JLPT New test FAQs More questions?

3 The test evaluates and certifies Japanese- language proficiency of non-native speakers. It has over 20 years of history since its establishment in 1984. The test has been jointly conducted by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES). What sort of test is the JLPT?

4 Why has the JLPT been revised? ・ The number of Japanese-language learners has increased. ・ Their reasons for learning and using the language have become more diverse. The old JLPT until 2009 was reviewed and revised. It became the new JLPT from 2010.

5 1. Increased focus on communicative competence 2. The number of levels was increased to 5; examinees can select a more suitable level 3. The scoring method was revised to ensure more accurate measurement of Japanese- language proficiency 4. What you can do in Japanese is easily visualized 4 key points of the new JLPT

6 1 . Increased focus on communicative competence ① Knowledge of the Japanese language: How much an applicant knows about the Japanese language, including vocabulary and grammar ② Competence: How well an applicant makes use of language knowledge in practical communication Japanese-language proficiency that the new JLPT measures Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) Reading Listening Measured through 3 test sections

7 2 . The number of levels was increased to 5; examinees can select a more suitable level Level Summary of Linguistic Competence Required for Each Level N1 The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances N2 The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree N3 The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree N4 The ability to understand basic Japanese N5 The ability to understand some basic Japanese

8 LevelCorresponding Levels of New and Old Tests N1 Approximately the same level as the old Level 1 test, but designed to measure slightly more advanced abilities N2Approximately the same level as the old Level 2 test N3 Positioned at a level bridging the old Level 2 and Level 3 tests N4Approximately the same level as the old Level 3 test N5Approximately the same level as the old Level 4 test Newly established

9 3. The scoring method was revised to ensure more accurate measurement of Japanese-language proficiency Old JLPT scores: Raw scores Calculated by the number of correctly answered questions New JLPT scores: Scaled scores ・ The same competency is given the same number of points in each test ・ The same scale is always used to calculate scores for the same-level test * The highest degree of fairness can be maintained, as scaled scores never fluctuate based on the difficulty level of tests * Scaled scores can indicate an applicant's proficiency more accurately than raw scores do

10 Example: A-san’s test results in raw scores and scaled scores A-san took N2 level tests in July as well as in December. Below are his Listening test results. N2 Listening July December ( More difficult than July test ) The number of correctly answered questions 10 out of 20 10 out of 20 Score per item X Number of correctly answered questions = Raw scores 2 x 10 = 20 2 x 10 = 20 Scaled scores2025 Not sure if A-san’s listening ability improved. Clear that A-san’s listening ability improved. ※ The data shown is only an example to explain the new JLPT scoring system, not for actual score calculation. Both numbers are the same, 10.

11 4 . What you can do in Japanese is easily visualized Listening I can understand the general content when I hear announcements at school, work or public places. Speaking I can speak in detail of my hopes and experience at interviews such as for a job or part-time work. Reading I can understand the content of newspaper or magazine articles about topics I am interested in. Writing I can write letters or emails to express my emotions such as appreciation or apology. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test “Can-do” List (tentative name) will be released by March 2011. Sample

12 We can better understand the test results in terms of practical Japanese-language use. Test result Passed “N?” JLPT ”Can-do” List I see. Those who passed the “N ?” test THOUGHT they could do these activities with the Japanese language in study, work and daily life. With the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test “Can-do” list,

13 Level Test Sections and Test Times N1 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) ・ Reading 110 min Listening 60 min N2 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) ・ Reading 105 min Listening 50 min N3 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary) 30 min Language Knowledge (Grammar) ・ Reading 70 min Listening 40 min N4 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary) 30 min Language Knowledge (Grammar) ・ Reading 60 min Listening 35 min N5 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary) 25 min Language Knowledge (Grammar) ・ Reading 50 min Listening 30 min Q How will the test sections and times change? New test FAQs

14 Q How should I decide which test level to take? A - See the table “Summary of Linguistic Competence Required for Each Level” - See the table “Corresponding Levels of New and Old Tests” - See the book “Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken Mondairei-Shuu” (New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Sample Questions) on our official website

15 Q How can I receive test results? ・ Scores are indicated by scaled scores. ・ Listening section proportion increased from 1:4 to 1:3. LevelScoring SectionsRange of Scores N1 N2 N3 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) Reading Listening 0~ 60 Total Score 0~ 180 N4 N5 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) ・ Reading Listening 0~ 120 0~ 60 Total Score 0~ 180

16 In test In test results Level Test SectionsScoring Sections Range of scores N1 N2 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) ・ Reading Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) 0~60 Reading 0~60 Listening 0~60 N3 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary) Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) 0~60 Language Knowledge (Grammar) ・ Reading Reading 0~60 Listening 0~60 N4 N5 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary) Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) ・ Reading 0~120 Language Knowledge (Grammar) ・ Reading Listening 0~60 Corresponding Sections

17 Q How is pass or fail determined? Old JLPTNew JLPT Total Score Level 1: more than 70 % Level 2-4: more than 60 % ① total score needs to be at or above the point required for passing ② score in each scoring section needs to be at or above the minimum point required for passing A ・ You need to take all test sections. ・ You need to fulfill both ① and ② below. ・ Failure to exceed the minimum point for any scoring section will result in a determination of fail for the entire test, even if your total score is above the minimum acceptable total score. ・ Minimum acceptable scores for the total and for each scoring section will be announced in September 2010 for N1, N2 and N3. For N4 and N5, they will be announced in March 2011.

18 Q Can I pass by studying the way I have been doing? Should I change the way I study? A ・ The way you have been studying will still work. ・ Please note that the new JLPT places importance not only on knowledge of the Japanese language but also on competence in using the knowledge in practical communication. ・ Make use of “Mondairei-Shuu.” These sample questions cover all question styles at all levels, and they will help you prepare for the test.

19 Q When will the new test be held? A ・ Twice a year, in July and December. *Certain countries/areas will only offer the test in December and not in July. ・ In 2010, the test dates are July 4 th and December 5 th. *The July 2010 test includes N1, N2 and N3 only. *From the December 2010 test onwards, all five levels will be included.

20 Q Where is the test administered outside Japan ? A See “List of Overseas Test Site Cities and Local Host Institutions” on our official website. ・ You can find cities and countries/areas offering the test. ・ You can also see if local host institutions offer the test in July and/or December.

21 ・ JLPT official website welcomes you! http://www.jlpt.jp/e/ Lots of information, such as the JLPT Guidebook, sample questions, Listening audio samples, FAQs and more are waiting for you. ・ Send your inquiries in Japanese or English from the inquiry page of the official website. *Inquiries regarding the JLPT outside Japan only. For inquiries on JLPT administration in Japan, please call JEES, the JLPT administrator in Japan. More Questions?


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