It’s that time of year again. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will be offered again on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The government sanctioned test is open to all non-native speakers and is offered around the globe – Philadelphians will have a local option at Villanova University.
If you’re not familiar with the JLPT, it’s broken into 5 levels with N1 being the most difficult and N5 being the most accessible. There’s a pretty handy summary of each level as well as a self evaluation tool on the JLPT website. Widely considered an essential credential, these test will prove your proficiency for potential employers and give you bragging rights amongst your Japanese studying friends.
The test is only offered once a year in North America, so don’t miss the registration window. Registration can be done online on the American Association of Teachers of Japanese website or by mail between August 28 and September 29. There’s a non-refundable $60 registration fee. Results will be revealed in February of 2018.
Time to get started with the preparations. Good luck!