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Japanese Proficiency Level

Currently, it has become a subject of discussion to make English as a common language within a company but adoption of such is exceptionally few. Most Japanese companies accept international students who have graduated in Japan and have sufficient Japanese ability. The Japanese proficiency level objectively shows qualification and thus becomes an important factor.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

The test is intended for people whose native language is not Japanese and aims to measure and determine the level of Japanese proficiency.

Test Qualification:Person whose native language is not Japanese

Test Schedule :Twice a year (July/September)

Contents:The Japanese Language Proficiency Test has 5 levels (NI, N2, N3, N4, N5). In order to measure the Japanese ability as precise as possible, test questions are made for each level. In N4 and N5, measure the level of understanding of basic Japanese mainly learned in class. N1and N2 measure the level of understanding of Japanese used in a broad range of scenes in actual everyday life.N3 is a bridging level between N1/N2 and N4/N5.

Contact Details for Inquiry:
Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) Japanese Language Education Division Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
4-5-29 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8503 Tel.03-5454-5215 Fax.03-5454-5235
http://info.jees-jlpt.jp/
※For examination conducted abroad, please refer to Japan Foundation homepage below.
http://www.jlpt.jp/

Business Japanese Language Proficiency Test (BJT)

Test to objectively measure and evaluate your ability to communicate in Japanese in business situations.

Test Qualification:None

Test Schedule:Twice a year (June/November)

Contents:The Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT) objectively measures communicative proficiency or how well examinees can process information and respond to it utilizing the knowledge of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, kanji, and so forth which it is assumed that they already have. Accordingly, the BJT covers the full range of business situations in which Japanese is used. It is three-part test which consists of listening comprehension combined listening and reading comprehension, reading comprehension. A single response to each multiple-choice question (with four options) is marked on an answer sheet. The results are rated not by "pass/fail" criteria but by scores ranging from 0 to 800 and evaluated on a scale of six levels from J5 to J1+. The level guideline is one of the indexes showing how high ability the BJT score of an examinee represents.

JI+
one is able to communicate sufficiently in Japanese in any business situation.
JI
one is able to communicate appropriately in Japanese in a wide range of business situation.
J2
one is able to communicate appropriately in Japanese in a limited range of business situations.
J3
one is able to achieve some degree of communications in Japanese in a limited rnage of business situations.
J4
one is able to achieve a minimal degree of communication in Japanese in a limited range of business situations.
J5
one is virtually no ability to communicate in Japanese in business situations.

For inquiries, contact below:398 Gojokarasumacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi 600-8585
Tel.075-352-8300 Fax.075-352-8330
E-mail : bjt@kanken.or.jp http://www.kanken.or.jp/bjt/index.html

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