The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Interpreting JLPT Scores

If there is one thing about the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) that is confusing to most test-takers, it will be the test results.

It seems that everybody has their own interpretation of how the scoring works in the JLPT and they talk about it as if scoring is shrouded in mystery. I thought, shouldn’t there be information about this that is publicly available?

Not surprisingly, the official JLPT website does provide information on the scoring. The same explanation, printed on a separate sheet, also accompanies the certificate and official score reports. I can only guess that nobody really bothered to read it and understand its implications.

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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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