The July 2012 JLPT is coming up soon on July 1st. This test is a little different than the December test in that not all institutions put the test on. But, if it is available in your area, it is great practice to take the test, even if you think you are going to fail it.
Of course that’s easy for me to say because all I have to do is take a 30 minute train ride to Kyoto University to take the test where I am. I know a lot of people that have to travel a fairly long distance to take it where they are. So, it might be best to simply save the cash and get a practice test instead.
It is important to take the test on a regular basis though so that you can get a feel for what it is like. For example, I’m taking the N1 this July even though I know I’m probably going to fail it. The main reason I’m taking it is to get more experience with the timing and the ability to actual endure the (2+ hour) test. Is it a waste money? Not really in my mind. I’ll probably learn a lot about what I need to do in order to pass in December.
Availability of the July 2012 JLPT
The July JLPT is only available in a few countries. For the full list of up to date details, please check the jlpt.jp website for a complete list of institutions that are putting on the test. This list is sometimes not completely up-to-date, but it is a good place to start.
Some interesting things to note, the only place in North America to take the July test is in Edmonton at the University of Alberta. There aren’t very many testing sites in Western Europe either, you just have the UK with London and Edinburgh and Germany with Dusseldorf and Hamburg. Eastern Europe has a few testing sites in Moscow, Poland, and Kazakhstan.
Most of Asia will administer the July 2012 test including major capitals in Southeast Asia as well as most of India. Australians will miss out, but New Zealand seems to administer the July 2012 test.
The JEES Enters the 21st Century
The day that I thought would never come, came. They are finally changing over the registration and reporting of results to an online system here in Japan. It even comes with a website that looks like it was designed and implemented in the late 90s.
If you are interested in registering for the July 2012 JLPT in Japan, you can head on over to the JEES website. Click on the well-translated button labeled Acquisition of MyJLPT to start the process. You’ll then be asked whether you want to proceed in Japanese or English. I would recommend English, unless you are pretty confident of your Japanese skills because I couldn’t find a way to reverse this decision later.
After you go through the usual registration mambo jumbo, including typing your name in as ALL CAPS, they will send you an email that you must confirm with. After you confirm, they will send you an easy-to-remember random string of letters and numbers as your login ID. Currently, I couldn’t find a way to change this ID and make it usable. Maybe they’ll implement something a little better in the future.
Although, we can’t register for the July test until April 2nd here in Japan, you can still check out the awesome features that MyJLPT has to offer. One great feature is the ability to shoot off an official email with your (future) test results to an employer. This should make the verification process of an interview a lot slicker. You can also presumably check out your test results online before they come in the mail like most other folks around the world.
This new site is definitely a step forward for JEES. It is lacking a few usability features and is a bit awkward to work with, but hey, now I don’t have to buy that packet at the bookstore and then try to figure out how to pay with the Post Office ATM. It looks like you can just register with a credit card, so I can get some points, too!
Another cool thing to note is that since you can use credit card and the voucher can be printed from the online website. This is one way that you can apply for the test if you live outside of Japan, but plan on visiting around July 1st. You can apply online, print the voucher, fly in and take the test, and then enjoy Japan for a week or so.
Are you taking the July 2012 JLPT?
Are you planning on taking the test? Have you signed up with MyJLPT? Let me know in the comments below.