• Overview

    About the Japanese language JLPT/NAT-Test

    Overview of the test

    The Japanese Language NAT-TEST is an examination that measures the Japanese language ability of students who are not native Japanese speakers. The tests are separated by difficulty (five levels) and general ability is measured in three categories: Grammar/Vocabulary, Listening and Reading Comprehension. The format of the exam and the types of questions are equivalent to those that appear on the Japanese Language Ability Test (JLPT).

    Levels and Sections of the Exam

    The Japanese Language NAT-TEST has five levels. The easiest level is 5 and the most difficult level is 1. Each level corresponds to its respective level on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N5 to N1). Levels 1 and 2 of the exam contain the following sections: Language Knowledge (reading/vocabulary/grammar) and Listening. Levels 3, 4 and 5 of the exam contain the following sections: Language Knowledge (reading/vocabulary), a second Language Knowledge (grammar, reading comprehension) and Listening.

    The exam will take place according to the following schedule:

    Level 1

    Language Knowledge (reading, vocabulary, grammar), Reading Comprehension: 110 min,

     Listening Comprehension: 60 min

    Level 2

    Language Knowledge (reading, vocabulary, grammar), Reading Comprehension: 105 min,

    Listening Comprehension: 50 min

    Level 3

    Language Knowledge (reading, vocabulary): 30 min Language Knowledge (grammar),

    Reading Comprehension: 70 min, Listening Comprehension: 40 min

    Level 4

    Language Knowledge (reading, vocabulary): 30 min Language Knowledge (grammar),

    Reading Comprehension: 60 min, Listening Comprehension: 35 min

    Level 5

    Language Knowledge (reading, vocabulary): 25 min Language Knowledge (grammar),

    Reading Comprehension: 50 min, Listening Comprehension: 30 min * The exact time allotted

    for the listening section may differ slightly based on the length of the recordings.