Significant Changes to the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)September 13, 2008
Major changes include biannual administration and five levels instead of four.
Biannual Administration (2009)
Starting in 2009, the current JLPT will be held twice a year before the new test is introduced in 2010. In July of 2009, the current Level 1 and Level 2 tests will be offered, followed by all four levels in December of 2009. Testing in July will be conducted in Japan as well as in a limited number of locations in China and elsewhere overseas.
Five Levels (2010)
- N1: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 1 test, but designed to enable slightly more advanced abilities to be measured as well.
- N2: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 2 test.
- N3: Positioned at a level bridging existing Level 2 and Level 3 tests.
- N4: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 3 test.
- N5: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 4 test
All the tests, N1 through N5, will consist of both a Reading Section (covering Writing-Vocabulary as well as Reading and Grammar) and a Listening Section. This round of revisions will not extend to the introduction of tests of oral and compositional ability leaving it as future challenge.
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Official Website in English)
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Wiki)
Revision of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test: Second Progress Report (PDF; The Japan Foundation)