Why Take The JLPT
The JLPT is the official Japanese language exam. That’s all very well you might be thinking but why should I consider taking it?
There are lots of reasons that the JLPt could be useful to you. Some for career reasons, others for the purpose of studying and some just for personal gain. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should consider taking the JLPT.
To Study At A Japanese University
If you want to study a course taught in Japanese at a Japanese university then you will be required to take the JLPT beforehand to prove that you will be able to understand the material and keep up in lectures. If you want to study at a university in your own country but the subject will be taught in Japanese then you might also need to take the JLPt for this.
To Work For A Japanese Company
This one really depends on your job but if you want to work for a Japanese company where your role will require you to speak or at least understand Japanese then you might find that the JLPT is necessary to achieve this. Not all roles will require this but on the job description of some there will be a minimum proficiency expectation that you will need to prove via a certificate to a specific level of JLPT.
To Get A Job As A Translator
In order to become a translator you need to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in Japanese. Therefore even if you don’t want to work for a Japanese company but you want to do translation or interpretation work then the JLPT will be necessary for you as you will have to demonstrate a certain ability in Japanese.
To Improve Your Japanese
If you don’t have a career goal, a studying goal and you don’t really want to live in Japan either then don’t worry, taking the JLPT can be a great way just to improve your Japanese. If you set yourself the goal of a language exam then you just are going to learn the material in order to pass. If you’ve been stagnating with your Japanese learning, then booking in for the JLPT can be the perfect boost you need in order to ramp up that studying.
To Live In Japan
You can live in Japan without having taken the JLPT, but if you’re looking for a more permanent residence then you may want to consider doing this exam to help with your residency application. After all what makes you look like a better candidate for living in a country than having learnt the language spoken there.
No matter your reasons for deciding to take the JLPT, if you’re going to do it then make sure you learn about the JLPT so you know what to expect. It’s important to know ‘how long is the JLPT?’ ‘what does it compromise of?’ ‘will I need a JLPT textbook?’ and more. That way you can be best prepared to take the exam.