New JLPT Materials Published!

The folks that publish the JLPT have put up some useful documents on their website, including a guidebook to the new test as well as sample questions!

For those of us that were panicking that they might not publish any information on the new format or grammar/kanji/vocab, this is a huge relief.  Sort of….

Here’s one of the Q and A’s from the Guidebook on their site:

Q8 Why aren’t the“ Test Content Specifications” going to be published?A8 The goal of learning Japanese is not to memorize vocabulary, kanji , and grammar,
but to become capable of using them as a means of communication. The new
test is to measure both “Japanese language knowledge, including vocabulary and
grammar,” and “the competence required to perform communicative tasks using
language knowledge.” Therefore, we determined that it is not appropriate to publish
“Test Content Specifications” which includes the lists of vocabulary, kanji , and

What a huge leap in the right direction for language testing! I think that, for many students, this will help them learn and study more effectively and naturally than if they have access to lists of vocab and kanji.

I had started AJATT after this December’s JLPT, and it’s been going amazingly well.  This lack of lists makes me feel so free in my studying.  I was worried that I couldn’t AJATT and prepare for the next test.  (I know it shouldn’t make a difference, but if you’ve studied for the JLPT, you know how intimidating and stressing those lists can be if you let them get to yah.)

How do YOU feel about no “Test Content Specifications” being published?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!


3 Responses to New JLPT Materials Published!

  1. Brett says:

    I think it’s great, you can’t just pump kanji lists into an SRS weeks out from the test and hope for the best. It takes a constant application of effort to learn a language.

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