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It’s That Time Again – JLPT 2011

Posted August 26th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

It’s that time we have all been waiting for!   It’s time to register for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Otherwise known as  the JLPT or in Japanese; 日本語能力試験 Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken)

For those that may not know what the JLPT is;  it is a test held yearly (or in some countries;  bi-yearly) to test and certify the Japanese proficiency of all non-native Japanese speakers around the world and non-native speakers of Japanese living in Japan.

The JLPT has been broken down into 5 levels instead of the 4 levels from the previous years before the year 2010.   The old 2 level or 2 kyuu (級) had such a huge gap from the 3rd level (3級) that they decided to split it,  making another level.  The levels are referred to as N5 to N1.

According to the JLPT Wikipedia page,  here is a break down comparison of the old JLPT levels versus the new levels:

  • N1: slightly more advanced than the original level 1
  • N2: the same as the original level 2
  • N3: in between the original level 2 and level 3
  • N4: the same as the original level 3
  • N5: the same as the original level 4

To find an appropriate level for you,  please visit:

Registration for the JLPT exam for the year 2011 starts in most countries from September 1 to October 7.    The expected date for the exam will be on December 4, 2011.

To find out where the JLPT exam will be held in your country,  please refer to this link:

I recommend that you contact your local institution as to when their registration period will begin.

In the next few weeks to better prepare yourself for the exam,  we will discuss what Japanese language proficiency is expected for each level.

We will break down each level and give you a better understanding of typical vocabulary,  grammar and kanji;  that may appear during your exam.

I also suggest that you start your JLPT exam review based on your level,  as soon as you can.   This is to prevent cramming in  December.   You will be better prepared for the exam and will have confidence to pass.

Are you going to be taking the exam this year?  What level are you taking? Where are you from and how long have you been studying Japanese?  Have you taken the exam before?  Let our learners know what to expect.

Come on and leave us some comments!   We would love to hear from you!

See you next week!

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