Another Summer JLPT has come and gone. The test was held on July 5th, a little less than 2 months ago, and the results are starting to come in for those that registered online. I sat this one out because I have been simply way too busy to prep for it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you all about your results.
First things first, I get a flood of questions about the particulars of where and how to get results, so here is a basic run down of how you can find out how you scored and if you passed or not.
If you registered online in Japan via the JEES website, you can head over there and check your results right now (after midnight on August 25th).
If you took the test in Japan, but did not register online and instead did it the old fashion way with money transfer and mailing the little packet in, you are going to have to sit patiently for your certificate to arrive in the mail. Typically, they start arriving the Wednesday (or even the Tuesday) after the online results come out (September 1st ~).
If you took the test in another country (like China, South Korea, etc…), it all depends on who conducted the test, for more details check the official JLPT website.
Generally speaking, everyone can check their results online from August 27th 5pm JST on the official site (link is dead until Aug 25th @5pm). Note that the link will die again come November 30th.
Phew! Okay so that should cover everyone that took the test. If I missed something, please let me know in the comments below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I totally passed! Should I take the next level?
A: Congratulations! Passing any level takes concentrated study and discipline. Taking the next level depends on how much time you have to commit to it, and what level you are jumping to. Generally speaking N5 to N4, N4 to N3 can be done pretty easily, in about 6 months of concentrated, dedicated study or at least it is worth a try.
N3 to N2 might take a little more elbow grease. You can try the next test right away in December to see how far you need to go, or take a year and devise some kind of long term strategy.
N2 to N1 is a different beast. Some people argue that passing the N1 isn’t actually necessary. N2 provides a lot of what you will see on a daily basis. N1 adds a lot of icing to the cake and tortures you with fine points. It is completely bad ass to pass the N1, but isn’t necessary to get most jobs, or survive in Japan. You might be better off focusing on improving your speaking and conversational skills.
Q: I just passed by one point, should I try it again to get a better score?
A: At the most basic level, a pass is a pass. I don’t have any empirical evidence to prove this, but I don’t think an employer is going to ask you for your score on the test. I’m just guessing though.
Some people believe that just passing by a thin margin isn’t really passing as so much as being really lucky that day. I’ve seen a lot of good, talented people take the test and have wildly different scores each time they took it. This especially true at the higher levels (N2 and N1). I’ve never really seen consistent scores from people at this level. They can vary by as much as 30 points up or down.
So passing by just one point could mean that you were really a lower level but just squeaked by or you were at a higher level and just had a bad day. If you need that higher score to feel confident then go ahead and do it. The most important thing about language learning is motivation. If it is motivating for you to try it again, then more power to you. If you look at taking the test again with dread, then maybe it’s best you just drop it.
Q: I failed miserably. I had such a hard time finishing the test.
I’m sorry to hear that. The test can be tough to prepare for because you might have studied all the vocabulary, kanji and grammar and know it well, but the test requires you to use that knowledge quickly and easily. You really need to have a pretty good reading speed in order to get through the test in time and give yourself time to think through answers. Try doing some more reading on a regular basis. You will start off kind of slow but with regular practice, your speed will pick up.
How did you do?
Let me know how you did in the comments below. What went right? What went wrong? If you need some advice on how to move forward, I recommend checking out the JLPT Study Guide Month 8. In the post, I went over how to diagnose some key problems.