Do you speak Japanese? (日本語ができますか？) Find out your exact level when you take JLPT (Japanese language proficiency test). This guide will cover the importance of JLPT Exam in India, Levels, Syllabus, Course content, JLPT Exam centres, Dates, Fees, etc.
In an increasingly connected world, learning a foreign language is considered a necessity. One important reason is careers involving languages. If you’re still not convinced what language to learn then picking Japanese will definitely set you apart from the crowd.
Amongst Chinese, Japanese and Korean, Japanese is the most demanding foreign language in India. While there are numerous advantages of learning Japanese, a wide array of career opportunities in Japanese across the world is probably the biggest motivator.
Are you interested in studying or working in Japan? You may be wondering whether you should take the JLPT test in India or not. Whether you want to build a successful career as translator or interpreter, or just want to add Japanese skill in your C.V. – The JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) will add both feathers and wings to the résumé.
What is the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)?
The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) was developed in Japan and has been offered since 1984 in countries all around the world including India. JLPT is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify the proficiency of Japanese language of non-native learners of Japanese.
It covers Japanese language knowledge, reading ability, and listening skills. In Japan, It has been administered by the JEES (Japan Educational Exchanges and Services), while the JF (Japan Foundation) administers overseas tests. The JLPT is held worldwide to evaluate and certify proficiency in Japanese of non-native speakers.
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Importance, Advantages and Benefits of JLPT
1) Earn points for preferential treatment for immigration to Japan – You can earn 15 and 10 points for JLPT N1 and N2 respectively under the government’s “Point-based Preferential Immigration Treatment System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals.” If you have a total of 70 points or higher, you will receive preferential treatment at immigration.
2) JLPT in India offers a way to test your Japanese language skills and evidence of achievement that is comparable with other Japanese learners around the country and the world.
3) JLPT N1 is compulsory for medical practitioners licensed overseas who want to take Japan’s national exams for medical practitioners, and other professions.
4) Want to study at Japanese Universities? N1 is sometimes accepted in lieu of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities. In addition, The Japanese-language test is waived for examinees of foreign citizenship who pass JLPT N1 or N2.
5) JLPT is definitely a yardstick for many Japanese companies seeking to hire Japanese language specialist. N2/N1 certification is very useful and offers lots of career opportunities in India and abroad.
If someone wants to get a high-paying language job in MNCs or in any Japanese company as a Japanese expert, the job requires the candidates to be proficient in the Japanese language. To prove their expertise, the students need to pass JLPT which requires considerable command on the language.
If you want to make your career in Japanese language, you should aim for N2/N1. I’ve rarely seen a requirement of any level of the JLPT below the N2/N1 except for entry-level jobs.
JLPT Levels (N1, N2, N3, N4, N5)
The JLPT originally comprised four levels (N1, N2, N3, N4). The revised exam pattern was implemented in 2010 when new standards were set for the exams and a fifth exam level was added. N5 and N4 replace the old level N4 and N3 exam respectively.
N3 is a new exam. Its difficulty level is pitched halfway between the old level 3 and 2 exams. N2 and N1 are pretty much the same as the old level N2 and N1 exam.
Today, The JLPT consists of five levels (N1, N2, N3, N4, N5). The easiest and lowest level is N5 and the most difficult and highest level is N1. They are valid for life, awarded and recognized around the world.
JLPT Syllabus and Course Content
(i) N5 – It is specially designed for beginners. Candidates are expected to learn Hiragana, Katakana, around 100 Kanji (Chinese characters), their various readings and pronunciations, as well as around 400-500 Japanese words and the basic rudiments of Japanese grammar.
(ii) N4 – One is able to listen and comprehend conversations encountered in daily life and generally follow their contents, provided that they are spoken slowly. 300 Kanji as well as around 1500 words of Japanese.
(iii) N3 – One is able to listen, read and comprehend coherent conversations in everyday situations, spoken at near-natural speed, and is generally able to follow their contents as well as grasp the relationships among the people involved. 600 to 700 Kanji as well as around 3000 to 4000 words of Japanese.
(iv) N2 – Level 2 represented an even greater jump up in requirements. At this level, the requirement surges to 1000 kanji and 6000 words. People who attain level 2 are largely considered to have conversational Japanese ability and can say so on their resume.
(v) N1 – Level 1 is, was as you would expect, the highest and most difficult level. Students who passed this advanced level would have to master 2000 to 2500 kanji and more than 10,000 words.
Exam Format, Sections and How to Pass JLPT Test?
JLPT exam is of 180 marks. For N1 to N3 – Test questions are subdivided into 3 major sections : (i) Vocabulary & Grammar (ii) Reading, and (iii) Listening whereas for N4 and N5, there are only two sections : (i) Vocabulary & Grammar and Reading, and (ii) Listening.
In order to pass, you must meet two criteria: (1) the minimum overall score and (2) the minimum section score. You have to score 19/60 or 38/120 in each of these for individual passing.
One of the major drawbacks of the JLPT is the fact that it has no speaking segment. It may be because speaking can have many different answers and has to be graded by hand whereas JLPT uses an MCQ multiple-choice computer-scored answer sheet.
JLPT Exam Dates in India – 2019
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is held twice a year (on the first Sunday of July and December) in Japan and selected countries including India, and once a year in other regions (on the first Sunday of December).
The application period is usually around early March until late April for July’s examination and around early August until late September for December’s exam. The next JLPT exam will be held on 7th July 2019 (Sunday) and 1st December 2019 (Sunday)
JLPT Exam Centres in India
The JLPT test can be taken at various locations around the world. It has become the largest Japanese-language test in the world, with a total number of applicants around the world has exceeded 1 million examinees in over 80 countries and areas worldwide in 2017-2018.
The statistics show that it is becoming a widely popular test of Japanese. There is a total of 7 JLPT centres in India.
- New Delhi – MOSAI (Mombusho Scholar’s Association of India) – Link
- Pune – Japanese Language Teachers’ Association, PUNE (JALTAP) – Link
- Kolkata – The Indo-Japan Welfare and Cultural Association – Link
- Chennai – ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI, Tamilnadu Centre, Chennai – Link
- Bengaluru – Bangalore Nihongo Kyooshi-kai (BNK) / JLPT Test Adm. Committee – Link
- Mumbai – Teachers Association of Japanese (TAJ) – Link
- Santiniketan (W.B.) – Visva-Bharati – Link
JLPT exam fees in india
Registration Fees (per Applicant) is between Rs. 1,000 to 1,500. The fees for 2019 JLPT Exam in India is payable through the online process through websites of respective centres. Unlike other Foreign language proficiency tests such as DELF, IELTS, DELE, Goethe-Zertifikat, TEF, etc., the exam fees for JLPT is quite affordable and low.