How do you measure your ability of Japanese? Let's take a Japanese language test!
Do you know well about the Japanese proficiency tests? Among them, the most flexible and well-known are "JLPT" and "BJT". This article will talk about these most popular Japanese language tests.
Waku WakuPublished on 11 Sep 2020, 17:00
What is the difference between "JLPT" and "BJT"?
JLPT (the Japanese Language Proficiency Test) is a popular examination which Japanese abilities are objectively evaluated. The number of candidates of this test is also the highest.
On the other hand, BJT (the Business Japanese Proficiency Test) is the one which Japanese expressions in business settings are examined.
JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
This examination is for those whose native language is not Japanese. It has been now recognized as the largest Japanese language test in the world. In 2019, it was conducted in 87 countries and about 117 million people took the test.
The examination format is 4 or 3 options of multiple-choice tests. All the questions are written in Japanese.
It is normally held 2 times of a year in July and December, and the exam fee is 5,500 yen each (in case of having the test in Japan).
JLPT is divided into 5 levels. So you will take the exam on your suitable level, and the result will be notified to you whether you are passed or not.
JLPT 5 levels are depended on which having the ability to understand:
- N5: Some basic Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, and basic Kanji).
- N4: Basic Japanese used in every day.
- N3: Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain level.
- N2: Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to some extent.
- N1: Japanese used in a variety of circumstances.
Who should take JLPT?
For those who want to enter university or vocational college in Japan, N2 or N1 is required. It depends on the schools or courses, so please look up your application requirements.
It is also used for employment screening, evaluation for promotions or pay raises at your business circumstances too.
BJT (Business Japanese Proficiency Test)
Japanese language has various ways to express in different situations.
Especially in business settings, it is required to choose appropriate expressions with proper vocabularies based on different occasions. Also etiquette or behavior towards person who you are talking to, also are taken seriously in communication.
These kind of business communication skills are evaluated on BJT.
You can take BJT any day, but once you take it, you are not allowed to apply it again within next 3 months. The examination fee is 7,000 yen (in case of taking the test in Japan).
The BJT are not divide into levels, but examinees take the same comprehensive format test. Your ability will be evaluated by giving scores.
The score range is from 0 to 800 points and categorized into 6 stages:
- J5 (0~199): Virtually no ability to communicate in business situations.
- J4 (200~319): Able to achieve minimal degree of communication in a limited range of business situations
- J3 (320~419): Able to achieve some degree of communication in a limited range of business situations
- J2 (420~529): Able to communicate appropriately in a limited range of business situations
- J1 (530~599): Able to communicate appropriately in a wide range of business situations
- J1+ (600~800): Able to communicate sufficiently in any business situation.
Who should take BJT?
It is obviously for people who want to work in Japanese business environment. But also, for those who have understood the basic level of Japanese are encouraged to take BJT as a next step.
Generally speaking, it is said that N1 in JLPT (or at least N2 in JLPT) is necessary for finding employment. However, in reality, most international students actually obtain N1 qualifications.
Therefore, in addition to JLPT, getting high score in BJT (J2 or above) is recommended. It will bring you a more added value to your Japanese ability profile.
This article has introduced about two typical Japanese language proficiency tests.
Taking exam can be milestones for your journey of leaning language. Why don’t you try these tests to see your Japanese ability?
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