Preparatory Classes for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Part of the range of Japanese language courses and activies at SOAS Language Centre
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.
Aims of the classes
These preparation classes aim to provide a thorough coverage of examination technique for candidates for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
The classes are intended for revision, and participants should already have studied sufficient Japanese to cover the syllabus requirements of the examination at their chosen level.
The classes comprise a series of graded homeworks covering each section of the proficiency test, characters, vocabulary, listening and reading comprehension and grammar, and culminating in several complete past papers. The papers are discussed in class, and with a maximum of twelve in each group there will be ample opportunity to discuss personal areas of difficulty.
Since December 2010 JLPT has consisted of 5 levels, and The Japan Foundation no longer publishes past papers for the new arrangement of levels. We will use past papers up to 2009 where appropriate.
SOAS Language Centre does not offer a level check for candidates wishing to enrol for JLPT or to take a preparatory course. Please consult your tutor about the level that is appropriate for you, or check websites such as the JLPT homepage.
We asked students who have taken a JLPT prep course to let us know if they found it useful:
Gloria, Level N5:
I joined the N5 prep classes in December as I was unsure about my ability to pass the exam. In a classroom setting I was able to openly exchange ideas with others as well as consider different approaches in my studying techniques. I feel as though I learnt more than just being able to pass the exam.
I'm more than pleased with my results and the continued support I've received at SOAS, and I will go on to take the next level in the summer!
Rob, Level N2:
Passing JLPT isn't just about how good your Japanese is. Examination technique is critical. How quickly you can answer and comprehend questions and passages, as well as spotting the tricks which can slip you up, one verb or one different tense can alter the whole meaning of a passage.
I found the JLPT prep course very useful as I met people who were also enthused about taking the JLPT test and this motivated me. I also found the listening practice very useful and I highly recommend this course.
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For Level N2: "Nihongo nouryoku shiken N2 yosou Mondai-shuu"
For Level N3: "Nihongo nouryoku shiken N3 yosou Mondai-shuu (kaiteiban)"
For Level N4: "Nihongo nouryoku shiken N4 yosou Mondai-shuu"
For Level N5: "Nihongo nouryoku shiken N5 yosou Mondai-shuu"
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Language Centre How To Apply
You can view our short course timetables here.
You can enrol:
- online via our online store
- in person by filling out a form in the Language Centre
- by post by sending an Application Form (pdf; 107kb) to our office address
- Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for a course
- We cannot accept cash payments under any circumstances
Not a complete beginner?
If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.
To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 33kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.
Course Fees and Discounted Rates
An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.
If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 107kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.
If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.