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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Strategy Course

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Strategy Course

At CooLA, we have taken advantage of the official collection of problems issued by the makers of the JLPT and BJT tests. Each test is thoroughly analyzed with prep-school-style lectures and practice on question trends and solutions,many mock problems based on about 30 years’ worth of past questions analysis (JLPT) and practical business Japanese lectures (BJT ), all of which will strongly support your success.

Prep-school-style lectures

Prep-school-style lectures

◆ Prep-school-style lectures
The JLPT course and the Business Japanese Course are designed to be prep-school-style lectures. Students can learn, without waste, the necessary Japanese knowledge and techniques for getting questions correct in order to pass the exams.

In CooLA we distribute each official test in PDF format.

JLPT course

◆ Comprehension of official problems and practice of mock problems
In the JLPT course the teacher will lecture first on the official problems of the JLPT. After students firmly understand the official problems they will solve exercises for each question format. Thus, for each question format, students will hear an explanation and solve mock problems. This iterative exercise is quite useful for passing.

◆ Mock exam
When students have finished each characters/vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension and listening comprehension they will be able to take a practice test. This practice test is made up of mock problems based on the past 30 years of JLPT problems. By solving mock problems in large quantities, student will understand the gist and trends of actual, official problems and be able to memorize the characters/vocabulary and grammar which frequently appears. Also, students can check which questions they got wrong to analyze their weaknesses and review those parts of the lectures.

Course system and price


What is the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験 Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken), or JLPT, is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability, made by the Japan foundation and JEES. The test is held twice a year in Japan and selected countries (on the first Sunday of July and December), and once a year in other regions (on the first Sunday of December). There are five levels of difficult ranging from N5, the easiest, to N1, the most difficult.
The JLPT was first held in 1984 in response to growing demand for standardized Japanese language certification. Initially 7,000 people took the test, but test takers increased by year. In 2000 there was a leap and in 2009 the test was changed to be implemented twice a year, therefore 770,000 test-takers, the largest number, took the test. However, in 2010 the number of test-takers decreased for the first time, with around 600,000 test-takers in the following years.
The test is a multiple choice format with nearly all answers be four choice, some being three choice. The level of the questions are the standard for curriculums for learners of Japanese as a foreign language so they do not match the Japanese learned by native speakers in a language arts class.
For non-native speakers of Japanese a certification of N1 is required for acceptance into a Japanese national university (the same as a high TOEFL score is required of Japanese speakers into an American university). However, for many international students the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is used by most universities for this purpose (for students from countries in which the EUJ is not offered there are cases where a JLPT certification can be used). On January 19, 2008, the Government of Japan announced that is considering making the performance on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test part of the visa issuance examination for long-term stay foreigners.

------JLPT official site

Business Japanese Course

This is a course where students will learn the unique language and mannerisms used in the Japanese business scene through lectures and practice. In Japanese there exists the extremely difficult polite language style and it is expected that people are able to use this language in a business setting. Even without meaning to, you can leave behind a bad impression by using polite style improperly. We will learn various phrases, including this type of polite style, as well as the way business mannerisms are thought of, all while imagining actual business settings.

Business Japanese Course

【内容】
■ Lectures 全9回
・How to use polite speech
・Japanese business manners
・Writing business emails
・How to write business compositions
-第1回 導入
-第2回 ビジネスマナーの基礎
-第3回 敬語表現基礎
-第4回 依頼、電話応対、来客対応
-第5回 敬語表現実践
-第6回 ビジネス文書基礎
-第7回 ビジネスメールの読み方・書き方
-第8回 受け身と使役表現
-第9回 報告書と招待状
■ Mock problems of BJT(Business Japanese Proficiency Test)
■ Kanji Tsets for N1-N5(about 6,000items)
■ CooLA Forum-Let’s connect Japanese and Japanese learners around the world!
※ This course is conducted in the indicative method in Japanese, therefore Japanese skills above N2 level are necessary. Only those who have confidence in their listening ability should apply.

What is the BJT?

What is the BJT?

The BJT is a proficiency test measuring the examinee's current communicative proficiency in business in Japanese language. The results are processed statistically based on item response theory (IRT) to produce a score from 0-800, and evaluated on a scale of six levels from J5 to J1+.The BJT can measure the absolute value of the examinee's proficiency, providing an objective grasp of changes in proficiency.
Immigration authorities refer to BJT scores as well as the level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test when evaluating applications submitted by foreigners entering Japan for certification of eligibility.


------JLPT official site