The other day at work a few of my colleagues and I made a decision… we’re going to take the JLPT next July! Having missed the deadline for the text this December (and being in no way prepared for it anyway), next July seems like a reasonable goal. It’ll be fun to all go up to London together and support each other – I’m quite looking forward to it, even though I hate taking tests!
For anyone who doesn’t know, the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or 日本語能力試験 / Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken) is “a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability. The test is held twice a year in Japan and selected countries (on the first Sunday of July and December), and once a year in other regions (on the first Sunday of December)” (Wikipedia) There are 5 levels, with N5 being the lowest and N1 the highest.
Until the end of 2009 there were only 4 levels of the test, and in December 2009 I took and passed level 3. however, since the levels have changed now, and my Japanese is very rusty, I think it’s sensible to try for level N3 in July. Some of my colleagues will be aiming for N2 and even N1, but I’m happy going in a bit lower and seeing how I do.
It’s going to be quite a challenge to get back into studying again, but I need something like this to push me and give me a reason to study. I’d love to hear from all of you about how you study and what methods and resources you use – please leave a comment below and let me know what’s worked for you!