The JLPT, short for "Japanese Language Proficiency Test", is an exam offered all over the world that ranks people on their ability to understand and use Japanese.
The ranks that are offered are in descending range of difficulty.
N1 - The hardest test, this is considered a requirement to take college classes in japan.
N2 - The second hardest test, this test can also be considered a "buisness level" certification. After taking this test you are considered capable of communicating with Japanese companies in Japanese.
N3 - This is a "bridge" exam that was added 10 years ago, to be between the easier levels and the the more advanced levels.
N4 - This is the second easiest exam. About the 2000 level of college Japanese.
N5 - This is the easiest exam. About the 1000 level of college Japanese.
As you can see, this test is extremely important for people who want to study, or work in Japan, or have other need to communicate in Japanese with any credibility. To this end we have decided to create this website to help people study with more efficiency.
We have created a JLPT generator for all the levels, and a graph to keep track of what you know, and how well you are improving on the test.
We are also in the process right now of creating several review games to help with kanji and vocabulary study.
The JLPT places importance not only on knowledge of Japanese-language vocabulary and grammar but also on the ability to use the knowledge in actual communication. In order to perform various "everyday tasks" that require language, not only language knowledge but also the ability to actually use it are necessary. Therefore, the JLPT measures comprehensive Japanese-language communicative competence through three elements: "Language Knowledge," "Reading," and "Listening." The JLPT is offered in five levels (N1, N2, N3, N4, and N5, in order from most difficult to least difficult). N4 and N5 measure understanding of basic Japanese that is mainly learned in the classroom. N1 and N2 measure understanding of Japanese used in a broad range of actual everyday scenes. N3 bridges the gap between N4/N5 and N1/N2.