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The J-Test was introduced in 1991 as a method for the objective measurement of Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers. Broadly based on the format of a listening test, the exam attempts to gauge practical proficiency in Japanese.
The test is held six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November at sites throughout Japan, People’s Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan), South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, Vietnam, Nepal and Indonesia.
J-Test consists of three parts:
- Listening Comprehension
- Reading Comprehension
- Writing section
In Listening Comprehension the examiners play an audio clip comprising the following sections:
- See the picture and listen to the questions and answer them.
- Listen to the conversation and answer the question.
- Listen to the scene which is played in the audio clip and answer the questions.
- The audio file will give a list of words and candidates have to select one which is similar to a given word.
In the Reading section candidates are given different paragraphs to read, about which questions are asked.
The Writing section includes questions based on the following template:
- Identify a Kanji's Hiragana reading.
- For a given hiragana word, identify the kanji.
- Write the hiragana reading for a given kanji.
e.g. "For 人口, the hiragana reading is じんこう."
- Complete the sentence.
- Constructing a sentence based on three given words.
e.g. "Make a sentence with Aruku, Iku, Ichiban."
- J-test official site (in Japanese)