There are a number of proficiency tests for Japanese. The most well-known is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験 nihongo noryoku shiken), called the JLPT for short. There is also the Business Japanese Proficiency Test.
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
The JLPT is held twice a year, in summer and winter. You can take the test within Hyogo. The JLPT has five levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. To find out more about the tests, check out the following URL: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html
You can apply online or nbuy an application form for ¥500 at most major bookstores. The application is pretty painstaking. You may need help to fill in the form, so ask your go-between or a senpai for help.
JPLT Study Sites
Note: the following resources may be outdated, as they were created when the JLPT only had 4 levels. Currently updating.
The Kanji Site
Lists all of the kanji included on each level of the JLPT, including readings and meanings. A very useful study tool.
JLPT Kanji Project
A resource to aid the learning of Japanese Kanji. Included in this site is a listing of the full Jouyou Kanji, classified into JLPT levels, with a lookup of vocabulary for each JLPT level. Including printable kanji lists
JLPT Vocabulary Lists
Complete JLPT vocabulary lists in UTF-8 format, as printed in the official specification book (Japanese Language Proficiency Test: Test Content Specification, The Japan Foundation and Association of International Eduation, 1994-1997), including levels 4, 3, 2 and 1.
The Japanese Page
General info on the test and recommended books.
The Japan Guide
General info on the test as well as advice on studying Japanese.
Business Japanese Test
This test is geared towards those who are intent on entering the Japanese commercial sector, and is a higher level than other tests. It’s held every autumn in Osaka and Kyoto. The application deadline is in early autumn, and cost is about ¥7000.
For info call or check out their website:
URL: Business Japanese Test
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