JLPT 2006

It’s the first sunday of december, which means JLPT’s (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) today! Good luck to whoever’s taking it. I hope I can take both 3 & 4 next year.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験 Nihongo nōryoku shiken?), or JLPT, is a standardized test to evaluate a person’s Japanese language proficiency – primarily in reading and listening. The test is held once every year on the first Sunday of December.

There are four grades or levels of proficiency (with a separate exam for each) beginning at level 4 and progressing to level 1 – the most difficult. Level 4 is normally reached after approximately 150 hours of study and level 1 after approximately 900 hours of study.

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Why take two at one time? Well, since it is a annual thing , if I miss next year’s exam, I would most probably have to wait till after my national service ( 2 years). I don’t think there will be time for me to study in camp (unless I get an admin role) or much less even take a day leave. It also allows me to gauge the amount of japanese I have learnt since the beginning.

JLPT 4 is the easiest and 1 is well, the hardest.

It’s funny how they have labelled JLPT 1 as ‘Sufficient for life in Japan’. It’s like struggling is imminent if you don’t get JLPT 1 :p

This touhou meme is funny. Seriously.

On another note, you might (or not) have realized the change in the site’s banner. This is to celebrate the festival season – Christmas. Somehow, I think red and blue doesn’t really match. I might have to change the theme color to pink?! :/

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