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Three JLPT test-takers living in Japan talk about Japanese language, culture and the JLPT!

  • My First Encounter with Japan
  • Why the JLPT is Worth It
  • Phrases that Represent Japanese Culture

Why the JLPT is Worth It

I majored in Japanese at a university in China and we had to pass the JLPT Level 1 (the old test) to graduate. I found it hardest to study for the listening section. In those days I didn't have much chance to hold conversations in Japanese, and a lot of the test questions were from everyday conversation, so it wasn't just the grammar. I tried to get a grasp of Japanese daily life and culture, for example, by watching Japanese TV dramas.

I was bad at kanji, so I used to answer the practice questions for the test over and over again. In addition to that, I used to read Japanese news on the Internet and read Japanese books, trying to boost my exposure to kanji.

Kanji was my weakest point as well, so I made flash cards and studied every day. I would write down a kanji, its pronunciation and the phrases that include it. I wrote more than 2,000 kanji in my flash cards and memorized them.

2,000!!

I'm really glad I worked so hard at it. I believe that I got into my first choice of university in Japan, partly thanks to my JLPT certification.

I was asked about my JLPT level when I was job hunting in Japan, too, not just when I was applying for university. A JLPT certification is important for getting a job as well.

In Vietnam, there were a lot of companies that give you an extra salary allowance if you have a JLPT certification, so it's also useful if you want to get a good job in your home country.

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And the things I learned for the test are really helpful for my daily life now in Japan.

I think so, too. The grammar I studied for N2 is really used a lot in everyday conversation, and when I'm talking with people at work I often think, "Hey, that's straight out of an N2 paper!"

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JLPT Bulletin 2013

JLPT Bulletin 2013
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  • JLPT Bulletin
  • For Teachers: Explanatory Materials
Test Dates
  • First test: Sunday, July 2, 2017
  • Second test: Sunday, December 3, 2017
*Outside Japan, the test may be held only in July or December in some cities. Click here for the test schedule in your city.

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