A Complete Guide To JLPT N1
JLPT N1 is the highest achievement of the JLPT, and many foreigners would like to pass the test to have more education and employment opportunities in Japan. The new version of JLPT N1 is more difficult than the old tests, as it introduced more advanced and complex concepts in the new test. You will need to study a lot, approximately more than 1000 hours to pass this test. Just like other JLPT test, you can take the N1 twice a year, in July and December, and the result of your test will be sent to your address a month later. The next N1 test date for this year is on December 4, 2016.
Test QualificationN1 is the highest level of JLPT, and it covers advanced Japanese. The test is divided into three parts: vocabulary/grammar, reading, and listening. You should be able to read and understand the main points of the sentences, passages, and conversations to pass this test. In this case, I would say that you should be able to read the newspapers or watch the news on TV without having any issues in understanding the contents and the logic of the news.
The test is designed to measure your ability in understanding and communicating in Japanese as a foreign language, and after passing this test you should have no issues in taking classes in Japanese and working in a complete Japanese business environment. The table below shows the linguistic competence requirement of N1.
Test Structure & Scoring SystemThe table below shows the test structure and the score range of N1.
The table below shows the test items included in N1
The vocabulary part of N1 will not be very easy, as you need to know and understand at least 18,000 vocabulary words to pass this test. To solve this problem, I would suggest you to practice by using books such Nihongo Soumatome Goi and Nihongo Power Drill Moji & Goi published by ASK. In addition, you still need to supplement this by studying at least an hour a day and do a lot of readings.