JLPT Levels Explained

What is the JLPT?

JLPT is a diploma administered by the Japan Foundation which is recognized worldwide.
It is split into five different levels and was created to categorize a language learner's level in order to help with language teaching and testing.
The JLPT is offered in 75 countries and at 238 exam centers around the world(2019).

Learning targets

The JLPT qualification is making it easier for employers and educational institutions to evaluate people's language abilities. 
Unless you plan to learn a language for work or study applications, knowing which level you are is not ultimately necessary. It may however help set a learning target in order to see progress and be encouraged to carry on learning.

JLPT levels

Here we take a look at the JLPT Japanese levels from N5 to N1.


Beginner level

N5 level is the first stage of the JLPT.

This level will allow the student to discover the foundation of the language such as conjugations, auxiliaries, numbers, etc.
They will also learn how to form simple sentences about personal topics such as one's family, and how to start interacting with others by asking and answering simple questions.

Our JLPT N5 All-in-One Course covers all N5 subjects.


Elementary level

N4 level is the second stage of the JLPT.

This level will allow the student to continue working on sentence building as well as new grammar points.
Students will be able to create simple sentences using various verbs and adjectives conjugations.
They will be able to survive a lot of basic situations like meeting new people, shopping, or talking about their day. 

Our JLPT N4 All-in-One Course covers all N4 subjects.


Intermediate level

This will help the student to participate in and understand the main points of a longer conversation as long as the exchange is slow and clear enough and about topics familiar to the student.
They will also be able to read longer texts in the language.

Our JLPT N3 All-in-One Course covers all N3 subjects.


Pre-Advanced level

N2 level is the first stage of the advanced level.
This level will allow the student to work on challenging grammar points such as complex relative pronouns. 

They should be able to have a spontaneous conversation with a native Japanese speaker or watch tv shows with minimal disruptions. They will also be able to read complicated texts and express their point of view on a number of different topics and form complex arguments.

Our JLPT N2 All-in-One Course covers all N2 subjects.


Advanced level

This level will allow the student to understand a speech or a discussion even if its structure is not very clear or is mostly based on “implicit meaning”. They will be able to express themselves spontaneously with a fluency nearing that of a native speaker.

Our Advanced Course makes students' Japanese skills to be native level.