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The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (Japanese: 日本語能力試験にほんごのうりょくしけん), or JLPT, is a standardized test to evaluate and certify the Japanese proficiency of the non-native Japanese speakers. Because this test is organized by The Japan Foundation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services. Therefore, the scores examinees have got in JLPT are recognized worldwide, especially in the academic field. In Hong Kong, many university students whose major are Japanese will sit for this test. Since 1984, Society of Japanese Language Education of Hong Kong has been working for the Japan Foundation to organize JLPT in Hong Kong. Nowadays (2010), the Society hosts the test twice a year and the application schedules for the test are as follows:
The First JLPT (for all Levels) will be hosted on the first Sunday in July every year. Interested candidates should submit their application from the middle to the end of March of the respective year.

JLPT in Jul and Dec are mutually independent and covering the same syllabi. Therefore sit for the JLPT accordingly.

The Second JLPT (for all Levels) will be hosted on the first Sunday in December every year. Interested candidates should submit their application from the end of August to the middle of September of the respective year.

Formats & Positionings:

There are 5 levels of difficulty in JLPT, namely from N5 to N1. While N5 is a basic level, N1 is a professional level which is also the most demanding level. However the test formats of all these levels are the same. They are all made up of 3 sections: (1) Language Knowledge (Vocabulary / Grammar); (2) Reading Comprehension & (3) Listening. In fact all these sections are testing the comprehensiveness of use of Japanese of the examinees. To see if the examinees have broken through the former level of comprehensiveness. In other words, if a person has not broken through the former level of comprehensiveness in one's study, then he or she cannot get a pass result in a more advanced level of JLPT. Don't be fooled by the number of hours spending on studying Japanese. However, it will be nice if a person can master an ability to speak and to listen even getting a just passed result in JLPT.

Hours of Learning

Kanji Learned

Vocab Learned

Global Pass Rate in Dec 2016

N5

In this level N5, the designer of the test questions is assuming that the examinees have spent at least 150 hours on attending Japanese lesson (time spent on self-revision excluded). The examinees are expected at least to understand 100 Kanji(s), 800 vocabularies and master a beginner level of grammar. Getting a pass result in this level of JLPT means that the examinee has the ability to understand some basic Japanese.In other words, the examinee is able to:
(1) read and understand typical expressions and sentences written in hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji.
(2) listen and comprehend daily conversations that spoken slowly.
Several students from here after completing
Japanese for All: Beginner Course I, got a near full marks in N5 Test.

N4

In this level N4, the designer of the test questions is assuming that the examinees have spent at least 300 hours on attending Japanese lesson (time spent on self-revision excluded). The examinees are expected at least to understand 300 Kanji(s), 1,500 vocabularies and master a basic level of grammar. Getting a pass result in this level of JLPT means that the examinee has the ability to understand basic Japanese. In other words, the examinee is able to:
(1) read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and kanji.
(2) listen and comprehend all daily conversations that spoken slowly.
Several students from here after completing
Japanese for All: Beginner Course II, got a very satisfactory result in N4 Test.

N3

In this level N3, the designer of the test questions is assuming that the examinees have spent from 300 to 600 hours on attending Japanese lesson (time spent on self-revision excluded). The examinees are expected at least to understand from 300 to 1,000 Kanji(s), from 1,500 to 6,000 vocabularies and master a semi-professional level of grammar. Getting a pass result in this level of JLPT means that the examinee has the ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree. In other words, the examinee is able to:
(1) read and understand written materials with specific contents on general topics.
(2) grasp summary information such as newspaper headlines.
(3) understand slightly difficult materials if alternative phrases are available.
(4) listen and comprehend coherent daily conversations spoken at normal speed.
Students after completing
Japanese for All: Intermediate Course I, can be expected to sit for N3 Test.

N2

In this level N2, the designer of the test questions is assuming that the examinees have spent at least 600 hours on attending Japanese lesson (time spent on self-revision excluded). The examinees are expected at least to understand 1,000 Kanji(s), 10,000 vocabularies and master a professional level of grammar. Getting a pass result in this level of JLPT means that the examinee has the ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree. In other words, the examinee is able to:
(1) read and comprehend materials on a variety of topics, such as articles, commentaries and critiques in the newspapers and magazines.
(2) listen and comprehend spoken materials such as coherent conversations or news reports, as long as the spoken material is at normal speed.
Students after completing
Japanese for All: Intermediate Course II, can be expected to sit for N2 Test.

N1

In this level N1, the designer of the test questions is assuming that the examinees have spent at least 900 hours on attending Japanese lesson (time spent on self-revision excluded). The examinees are expected at least to understand 2,000 Kanji(s), 10,000 vocabularies and master a professional level of grammar. Getting a pass result in this level of JLPT means that the examinee has ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances. In other words, the examinee is able to:
(1) comprehend complex and abstract materials on a variety of topics, such as newspaper editorials or critiques.
(2) listen and comprehend spoken materials such as conversations, news reports or lectures in detail.

Apply for JLPT

Basically, all non-native speakers of Japanese can apply for whichever level of the test. However, in order to effectively measure one's proficiency, BRNG.JP strongly recommend all examinees sit for the test level by level (i.e. gradually from N5 to N1). Because getting a pass in a lower level is buying an insurance for the failure in the more advanced level. So many examinees (not ours) don't even understand this logic that they sit for N4 without having a pass in N5 first. Unfortunately they then failed in N4. That kind of tragedy is called “眼高手低がんこうしゅてい” or in English “overestimating one’s ability makes failure”. Risking for the same level of the test next year will be their only next choice. What a pity! Maybe fail again. #(T_T)\ Therefore step by step, level by level is extremely important.
JLPT-Examinee-Number
        Number of Examinees increases year by year.