Twice a year (Fort he time being in July and December) Japanese Ministry of Education holds Japanese language level determining exams called “Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)) (Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken-日本語能力試験) simultaneously all over the world. These exams like TOEFL, IELTS etc. gives you reliable credit to prove your Japanese level.
You can take advantage of that credit in various areas like finding job, studying abroad, getting promotion etc.
Starting from N5 (Beginner Level) until N1 (Advanced Level) it has 5 categories. For all levels needed kanjis and words vary. For instance N5 level may require 100-120 kanjis and more or less 800-1000 words to be known.
There are several sourcing books to study for each part of the tests. Applying for JLPT must be executed some time before the tests (2-3 months earlier).
This is only general information for JLPT. Details should be discovered.
When you get ahead in learning Japanese, keep in mind to get a certificate reflecting your level.
Some Tips :
– Make a studying schedule; lines may represent time period (Months/Weeks) and columns for resources per study sections (Grammar, Vocabulary, Kanji, Reading, Listening) and abide by that schedule.
– Add repetition period for each section weekly to the chart.
– All sections should be progressed accordingly. For example; a two or three-day part of your program should cover up all study sections (Grammar (G), Vocabulary (V), Kanji (K), Reading (R), Listening (L)). You may program listening sections to evening hours or before you sleep at night.
– You may combine your study hours for Reading and Vocabulary. While you read you can learn new words and phrases, too. Let’s say this combination RV from now on.
– A typical program may be like this:
Weekdays: Day 1 (G + RV), Day 2 (K + RV+ L), Day 3 (G + K), Day 4 (RV+ L), Day 5 (Review)
Weekends: Saturday (G + L), Sunday (K + RV+ Review)
– Give break between sections. Do some other activities for some time. And when you feel yourself ready then begin with the new section.
– Your schedule must match with your job, daily routine, other activities. If you are an office worker (9 to 5), you must concentrate on evening hours (21.00-23.00) and weekends. As an example, 14 hours of study a week may be suitable at the beginning. (Eight hours in weekdays and 6 hours for the weekends.)
– Prepare your resources. (A recommendation list for each section will be given here soon.) Limit your study frame. (Not too enlarged, not too narrowed.)
– Do not mix resources (One by one)
– Reading sections are the most time consuming ones at JLPT. Check your reading and comprehension speed. If a mid-level reading passage takes 10 minutes to read and answer completely, next time try to make it 8 minutes, 7 minutes and so on.
– Do not spend so much time looking for some other applications or resources. Your time is valuable. And lots of materials may confuse you.
– In learning period focus on comprehension rather than tests specifically. After a while (when you completed your schedule) you must renew your schedule and then you can add tests to the new program.
– Before each JLPT exams if you feel 5 or 6-month period before those exams may not be enough to make you feel ready then it is advised for you to make your chart yearly.
– Before JLPT you should take sample tests. Tips will be continued here in details. Keep checking out this menu of Kanjimae.com regularly.