Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
Who is required to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?
According to the SDSU General Catalog, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, created and edited by the Association of International Education, Japan and the Japan Foundation, is taken to assess the proficiency level and to place students at the most appropriate level in the curriculum of the Japanese Language Program at SDSU. Students who have special backgrounds, and those SDSU students who took Japanese elsewhere, including SDSU students who participated in exchange programs, are required to meet with the program adviser and to take this examination.
General Test Information
There are four testing levels.
Level 4 is designed for students who have had 150 hours of instruction in elementary grammar, kanji (approximately 100 characters); have a vocabulary of approximately 800 words; can converse at a very elementary level; can read and write simple or short sentences; and have finished the first half of an Elementary Japanese course/text.
Level 3 is designed for students who have had 300 hours of instruction in basic grammar, kanji (approximately 300 characters); have a vocabulary of approximately 1500 words; can converse in practical everyday situations; can read and write unsophisticated paragraphs; and have finished an Elementary Japanese course/text.
Level 2 is designed for students who have had 600 hours of instruction in advanced grammar, kanji (approximately 1000 characters); have a vocabulary of approximately 6000 words; can converse, read and write on general topics; can read and write unsophisticated paragraphs; and have finished an Intermediate Japanese course/text.
Level 1 is designed for students who have had 900 hours of instruction in highly advanced grammar, kanji (approximately 2000 characters); have a vocabulary of approximately 10,000 words; can function in social situations and situations at universities/research institutions.
The number of questions on each test varies, as do the time limits, but all four levels contain three sections:
2) Listening Comprehension
3) Reading Comprehension and Grammar
Speak with a Japanese Language Program Adviser in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, located in Storm Hall West 217. The advisor will give you a card that you will take SDSU Testing Services (Student Services West 2549) during business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) to receive registration assistance. The fee for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is $25.00 (per level). The Admission Ticket will have the date, time and location of the test, as well as your name, Red ID number and exam requirements. You cannot register for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test without a card from the Japanese Language Program advisor.
For Further Information
Contact a Japanese Language Program Advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Oriental Languages, located in Business Administration, Room 327.
Test information, fees, and exam dates and times are subject to change without notice.