Understanding the JLPT for a Study Abroad to Japan

The JLPT or the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is mostly required for international students wishing to study abroad to Japan to measure their versatility and competitive language skills in relation to the Japanese culture and education. Japanese employers also need the JLPT for foreign internships to Japan and other working visa arrangements. Like any other standardized tests, there are also certain levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test that must be passed by an international student or overseas workers and migrants that are specifically required by the various Japanese institutions concerned here.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test or JLPT consists of 5 test scores or grade levels. These levels are termed as N1 to N5. N5 is considered the lowest level and N1 is the most proficient level.

Most universities require international students to pass either N1 or N2 for higher chances of acceptance in their desired quota programs in highly reputable universities in Japan. Some overseas contract workers and other people who are subject to JLPT may be required to pass at least the N3 to N5 levels.

This language test measures your listening skills, grammar and reading skills and the Kanji section. It is good to know that JLPT does not have the speaking test section here. Test takers are given 105 minutes for the N5 level and 170 for the three sections in the N1 level.

It does not matter whether you are there for an N1 or N5 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. What matters is how you focus on your lessons and devote more time to study the Japanese language and culture for getting a higher JLPT score. It is recommended to practice the foreign language daily. Read notes allowed and do your very best efforts for the sake of the test. Being positive and dedicated with your study habits greatly helps in making your dreams come true. remember that passing the JLPT will give you the competitive edge to enter your desired university and major for a study abroad program to Japan.

If you want to increase your chances of passing either N1 or N2, there are review classes and intensive language programs available to meet your needs for the JLPT requirement as part of your plans to study abroad to Japan. You also have the option to stay with a host family in Japan to help you learn the language faster.

Alton J Trevino lives in Japan and enjoys writing about Japanese history, culture, and tourism. Please visit the following link to find more information on how to study abroad in Japan.

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