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As some of you may be learning Japanese, I have been self teaching myself for a few months now, I'm wondering how hard the JLPT's(JLPT stands for Japanese Language Proficiency Test, it's taken to certify ones fluency in the language.) are. My goal is to pass the N1 before I turn 21, I'm 16 right now. Not a bad goal to strive for, my final motive though is to use Japanese on a business setting though. Did anyone take the JLPT's? were they hard? Are you learning Japanese to not need subs for anime? Or learning to read your mango's? (manga)
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Posted 11/9/12
The guy at http://japaneselevelup.com/ says that its basically a waste of time.

Here's the article about the JLPT specifically http://japaneselevelup.com/2011/04/24/the-inevitable-question-to-jlpt-or-not-to-jlpt/
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You should be able to pass N1 before age 21 if you're dedicated enough. I have been self-studying Japanese for a year now. I got all 2200 kanji in RTK1 down in about six months and am learning vocabulary and pronunciation now. Remembering those characters is like nothing compared to learning vocabulary and pronunciations, at least for me.
Take something like N4 to get a feel of how the test works first. Then aim for N2 and finally N1. It should be doable in a few years time, maybe even one if you're that dedicated.
From what I have read online, JLPT is pretty unnecessary even if you are planning to work/live in Japan.
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Posted 11/9/12
I don't speak Japanese but all my expat friends residing in Japan now say it's a waste of time, like the previous posts claim.
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Posted 11/9/12
Thanks for the replies ! I was just thinking of using the JLPT's as a par to see how I'm progressing over time, considering I get no Japanese influence besides anime and manga, No one around me speaks Japanese, It's kind of a let down.
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Posted 11/9/12
I recall my Japanese teacher expressed that it was considerably difficult and isn't particularly well organize. He said that native Japanese speakers would probably struggle on the highest level (especially with archaic kanji), which the above linked article also touched upon in his statement:

For the native English speakers out there, go take the TOEIC exam. What? You only scored a 750/990? Obviously you are not fluent in English.
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Posted 12/1/12
I plan on eventually taking it. I really would like to be able to spend a year or two living in Japan, and teaching Computer Science there. I'm still in the very early stages of learning it. I should have a lot more time between now and the end of January. One of the colleges I teach at, the class I teach there ended on Thursday. The other class I teach (at another college) is taking their final on the 19th. I now have two free weeknights, and will have my nights free after the 19th.
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Posted 12/2/12
http://www.jlpt.jp/e/about/levelsummary.html

On the official site you can check what is required for each level. I'm also planning on eventually taking it, even if others think it's a waste of time.
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Posted 12/2/12
I've thought about taking it, but it has been a low priority for me. I'd have to crack down and work on my grammar if I really wanted to pass the upper levels.
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Posted 12/2/12
I took N3 today. I probably failed because I really didn't prepare, but who knows. I may surprise myself.

Kanji is a big deal in the higher levels (N2/N1) but you have to keep into account the listening portion of the test. They constantly try to slip you up by adding random things into the conversations. You don't get to read the question, they ask you what the jist of the conversation was and then they go through the answers. You have to listen and choose from the verbally spoken answer list.

If you just started learning and you want to take the tests, I really suggest you go for N5. I am not sure I buy into the whole "try N4 to see what it's like and then go for N2 and eventually N1." N3 is completely different from N2. N3 is significantly harder than N4, but it isn't OUT there.

As for necessity; it isn't all that important. The kanji test (that even Japanese people take) is pretty big. There are also business Japanese language tests you can take which hold more weight than the JLPT. The JLPT is more like a personal gauge of how much you know, though it may prove useful in some jobs (e.g. translating). But even then, you should look into the kanji tests and there are some conversational tests (I heard there is one where they give you a hard and you have to give a 45-60 second speech in Japanese).
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I took N1 today, strictly for fun. Pretty confident that I passed, although I started spacing out towards the end of the listening...should've drank more water and ate more protein bars
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Posted 12/2/12
I took N2 today. Didn't fare too well, but it was a fun thing to do. If your goal is to speak and read real Japanese, it's better to focus on reading and speaking real Japanese than on preparing for the JLPT, IMO.
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Posted 12/3/12

Maszipi wrote:

As some of you may be learning Japanese, I have been self teaching myself for a few months now, I'm wondering how hard the JLPT's(JLPT stands for Japanese Language Proficiency Test, it's taken to certify ones fluency in the language.) are. My goal is to pass the N1 before I turn 21, I'm 16 right now. Not a bad goal to strive for, my final motive though is to use Japanese on a business setting though. Did anyone take the JLPT's? were they hard? Are you learning Japanese to not need subs for anime? Or learning to read your mango's? (manga)


I don't think you will be able to pass the JLPT 1 within that short of time. How are you studying if I may ask?
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Posted 12/4/12 , edited 12/4/12
I just want to know how much or is the JLPT especially if you get Lv. N3 is necessary as a requirement to inter Japanese universities ???
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