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2012/07/04 / Gem R. Zhang

DETAILS & INFO for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test 2012


The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (New JLPT – N1, N2, N3, N4, & N5) – the world’s largest-scale Japanese-Language test, will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012; it will commence simultaneously at 1:00 p.m. in three (3) different test sites – at the De La Salle University (DLSU) Taft Ave., Manila , Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD), Angliongto Ave., Lanang, Davao City and at the University of San Carlos (USC main campus), P. Del Rosario St., Cebu City. The JLPT is administered worldwide, by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with other cultural exchange/educational institutions, in order to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers.

Key Points of the New JLPT

The new test places importance on a learner’s knowledge of the Japanese language including vocabulary and grammar; and, in the competence in using the knowledge in practical communication.

The test measures 1) through a section called “Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar)” and 2) through two sections called “Reading” and “Listening.” The combination of these sections comprehensively measures Japanese communicative competence.

The new test has five (5) levels – N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5; the N3 level is newly created which is comparable to a level between Level 2 and Level 3 in the old test. The increase in the number of levels allows examinees to select a suitable test level. Examinees should be careful in choosing the level which best corresponds to their Japanese-language proficiency/ability and classroom training.

N1 – The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances. Approximately the same level as the old Level 1 test, but designed to measure slightly more advanced abilities.
N2 – The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree. Approximately the same level as the old Level 2 test.
N3 – The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree. Positioned at a level bridging the old level 2 and Level 3 tests – newly established.
N4 – The ability to understand basic Japanese. Approximately the same level as the old Level 3 test.
N5 – The ability to understand some basic Japanese. Approximately the same level as the old Level 4 test.

“New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook”
“New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook: An Executive Summary (Japanese/English version)”
“New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Sample Questions”

Application Procedure
Examination Fees in full are to be paid upon submission of duly accomplished forms with two (2) prescribed photos.
Submit JLPT Applications on 16 August to 13 Sept. 2012 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon / 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.)

Application forms will be available from July 17 (Tuesday) at the
following offices:

Japanese Association Cebu, Inc. (JACI)
5/F Clotilde Commercial Center
M. L. Quezon St., Casuntingan, Mandaue City
Tel. # (032) 343-8066 / Fax # (032) 343-7663

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM)
23/F Pacific Star Bldg.
Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia Ext.) cor. Makati Ave.
Tel. # 811-61-55 to 58 Fax # 811-61-53

Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD)
Angliongto Ave. (Mamay Road), Lanang, Davao City
Tel. # (082) 233-0013 / 0081

N1 – PHP 900.00
N2 – PHP 900.00
N3 – PHP 800.00
N4 – PHP 800.00
N5 – PHP 800.00

(company checks honored – for 10 or more employees)

Announcement of Result
Successful examinees will be issued Certificates of Japanese-Language Proficiency by March 2013. All examinees will receive a Score Report.
****MAILING ADDRESS of examinee should be indicated properly – COMPLETELY and CLEARLY on the new JLPT Application Form****


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  1. orentesnihongo / Jul 4 2012 10:28 AM

    Will be attending the JLPT N5 exam in Paris, France! However, I still have much to learn and even more to get used to, but I shall not give up. I hope for your support and your well wishes!

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