JLPT The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験 Nihongo NōryokuShiken), or JLPT, is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability. The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services since 1984 as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers. At the beginning, there were approximately 7,000 examinees worldwide. In 2011, there were as many as 610,000 examinees around the globe, making JLPT the largest-scale Japanese-language test in the world. Over time, test applicants have become more diverse, and use of JLPT results has expanded from skill measurement to include employment screening and evaluation for promotions and pay raises as well as use as a form of qualification. Many outstanding suggestions for improvement were also submitted by a wide variety of individuals around the world. To ensure the continuing relevancy and accuracy of the JLPT, the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services introduced a revised version of the test in 2010. This new test takes full advantage of the most advanced research in Japanese pedagogy and testing theory, and reflects the vast wealth of data accumulated since the original JLPT was launched over 25 years ago The JLPT started to be offered twice a year in July and December, as opposed to only once a year in December previously. JLPT focuses on communication abilities to meet more diverse student needs and is designed based on analysis of data collected over the years. Objectives The JLPT will be held worldwide to evaluate and certify proficiency in Japanese of non-native speakers. Advantages JLPT certificates offer various advantages, ranging from recognition as academic credit and graduation certification at schools to preferential treatment at companies and acknowledgement of qualification in society. One of requirements for the nurse/caregiver candidates under the EPA Characteristics:

  • Measures communicative competence required to perform tasks
  • Select a suitable level from among five levels
  • More accurately measures Japanese-language proficiency with scaled scores
  • "JLPT Can-do Self-Evaluation List" is offered
  • No expiry date.
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