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Japanese-Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test is conducted both in Japan and abroad to evaluate and certify the Japanese proficiency of primarily non-native speakers since 1984. It has five levels: N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5; N1 is the most difficult level and N5 is the easiest one. The test is held twice a year in July and December.

The linguistic competence required for each level is different. Levels N1 and N2 have two test sections each: Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar), and Reading and Listening. N3, N4 and N5 have three test sections each: Language Knowledge (Vocabulary), Language Knowledge (Grammar), and Reading and Listening. N4 and N5 measure understanding of basic Japanese mainly learned in the classroom. N1 and N2 measure understanding of Japanese used for daily life in Japanese society. N3 bridges the gap between N4/N5 and N1/N2.

Interested users could go to the Language Learning Centre of the Hong Kong Central Library to find out more about the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test.

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