If You Want to Beat the JLPT, Here’s How to Conquer the Reading Section

Among all the sections of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), the reading section seems to be the most dreaded by many examinees.

On test day, they are often plagued by the following problems:

“There are some difficult words and kanji that I do not understand. What should I do?”

“I ran out of time to finish reading everything.”

“I don’t understand what this passage is all about.”

“I am too tired to read any more passages.”

If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, don’t worry; there are ways to tackle these issues.

In this article, I will discuss effective reading strategies that will boost your performance in this section of the JLPT.

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test: What It Is, How to Apply, and MORE

The most widely recognized Japanese language exam in the world is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Its primary objective is to measure and certify the proficiency of non-native Japanese speakers.

There are five levels of the JLPT, with N5 being the easiest and N1 being the hardest. Note that the difficulty progression becomes steeper as you move through the levels. As an example, you could take six months to attain N5 level coming from a zero background, but it might take you a few years to get from N2 to N1.

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The 3 Best Japanese Language Schools in the Philippines

So, you’ve decided to take language classes in a school. But where should you enroll? There are so many Japanese language classes to choose from! Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, more programs offering online Japanese classes have sprung out, thus increasing available options.

Most schools or services that you’ll come across offer only until JLPT N4 level. These are usually courses that are purely conducted online or are offered by small TESDA-accredited institutions and by universities such as UP and Ateneo.

The tuition fee ranges from Php4,000 to Php10,000 for N5-N4 bundled courses. It’s nearly impossible to enumerate them all here, but if you are interested in these cheaper course offerings, you can find most of them through Facebook.

In this post, I have listed the three most renowned Japanese language schools in the Philippines.

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