New JLPT – more information

I found some more information about the new JLPT exams starting in 2010.

Firstly it seems not every exam centre will have twice yearly exams. It looks as if only centres in Japan,China and Korea will definitely offer it twice a year. SOAS in London seems to be keeping to December only. It’ll be worth checking with your nearest centre. It may also help them gauge interest and encourage them to offer it biannually. Hopefully the Japan Foundation will update its listings soon.

More interestingly, although official workbooks won’t appear until 2012 according to the official JLPT site, Bonjinsha already has a few textbooks available for the new JLPT specifications. They aren’t part of the full listing on Bonjinsha’s site. However I did find them under their (unweildy) Japanese title 新しい「日本語能力試験」ガイドブック概要版と問題例集 (New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook: An Executive Summary, and Sample Questions).

Finally, although this isn’t exactly new, Ireland now has it’s own JLPT exam centre at DCU. Although they have the typically rubbish websites common to a lot of universities.

06. January 2010 by ロバート
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Comments (2)

  1. Great post, Robert. I was wondering when they’d start rolling out new textbooks, and yes I know what you mean about awkward titles. :D

    I also noticed the new sample test questions on the main JLPT site and had some fun trying my luck. I was surprised to see how easy N3 was for me, but I think I over studied for old JLPT3, so I may be almost ready for that. N2, however, was quite a struggle, so more work to be done there. ;)

    Maybe I should hedge my bets and go for N3 this year, and N2 by next year. What do you think? What’s your plan this year?

  2. I think the jump from 3 to 2 in a year (old style) would require a *lot* of work. If you can sit a July exam I’d do N3 and see how you feel about N2 after that. It’s still a big step.
    If you have no pressing need for the certification I’d just steadily study for the benefit of being able to speak to your in-laws, and to be able to help pass on Japanese to your daughter.

    My plans. Gosh.
    I don’t seem to be able to find the time to study I once had, and for the past year I haven’t had classes, so realistically N2 is out of the question. I think I will try N3 this year, and since kanji is my favourite, I am already preparing for the next kanken. My medium term goal is to crack the grade school kanji and pass grade 5, but this year 7 would be as far as I’d go.

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