NOKEN Test Preparation

The NOKEN exam, called after the Japanese initials (Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken, 日本語能力試 験) or JLPT if we use the English initials (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), is an official exam internationally recognized which goal is to certify the level of Japanese for non-native students. It is organized by the Japan Foundation outside the country, in Japan the responsibility is of the JEES (Japan Educational Exchanges and Services). It currently consists of five levels: N5, N4, N3, N2 and N1; N5 being the lowest level and N1 the highest one. You can only choose one level every time you take the exam, but you are free to choose which one.

This means you don’t have to take any kind of test before the exam, you can choose the level you want.

There are five places where you can take this exam in Spain:

Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – CEAO & Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) – Idiomas Complutense)

Barcelona (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona – Facultad de Traducción e Interpretación)

Santiago de Compostela (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela – Centro de Lenguas Moderna)

Granada (Universidad de Granada – Centro de Lenguas Modernas)

Enroll in the HSK course
Why sign
up for a
course?

In a single level of Japanese, different layers of the same language come together. Even though we already know how to express ourselves in a good level, it is normal to suddenly find a more natural way to say it. This kind of precision is what the level certificates are looking for and that’s why we need a course. All the vocabulary that we know will improve along with new possibilities of expression that will take us to new grammatical contents. In the audition, we will have to capture the most natural expressions of the speakers, in the texts, the attitude of the speaker and the options that are best adapted to complete the texts. That’s why in order to face the exam with security and feel comfortable with it, it’s better to take a course first. In a NOKEN course, “you can understand it” is not an option.

How many
words should
I know?

NOKEN vocabulary

LevelWords Characters
NOKEN 5800100
NOKEN 41500300
NOKEN 33750650
NOKEN 260001000
NOKEN 11000020000

In this table you can see the vocabulary requirements per level.

Exam
Structure

The exam is divided in three different parts; vocabulary, grammar and listening and reading comprehension. Each one of this parts is worth 60 points (60 for vocabulary, 60 for grammar and reading and 60 for listening), a total of 180 points. In order to pass this exam you’ll have to score at least 95 points of 180 or more and have at least 19 points of 60 in each section.  

NOKEN5

SectionTimePoints
Total (15 exercises)About 105 minutes180
Vocabulary
(4 exercises)
25 minutes
Reading kanji, spelling, contextually defined expressions, phrases.
60
Grammar (3 exercises) & reading (3 exercises)50 minutes
Grammar:
Choose the grammatical form 1 and 2, written grammar.
Reading:
Comprehension of short texts, comprehension of medium-length texts, compilation of information.
60
Listening
(4 exercises)
30 min
Comprensión de tareas, 30 minutes

Understanding tasks, comprehension
of the key points, verbal expressions,
simple answers.
60

NOKEN4

SectionTimePoints
Total (15 exercises)About de 125 min
180
Vocabulary
(5 exercises)
30 minutes
Reading kanji, spelling, contextually defined expressions, phrases and functions.
60
Grammar (3 exercises) & reading (3 exercises)60 minutes
Grammar:
Choose the grammatical form 1 and 2, text and grammar forms.
Reading:
Comprehension of short texts, comprehension of medium-length texts, compilation of information.
60
Listening (4 exercises)35 minutes
Understanding tasks, comprehension of the key points, verbal expressions, simple answers.
60

NOKEN3

SectionsTime Points
Total (16 exercises)About 140 minutes180
Vocabulary
(5 exercises)
30 min
Reading kanji, spelling, contextually defined expressions, phrases and functions.
60
Grammar
(3 exercises)
& reading
(4 exercises)
70 min
Grammar:
Choose the grammatical form 1 and 2, text and grammar forms.
Reading:
Comprehension of short, medium and long texts, compilation of information.
60
Listening
(4 exercises)
40 min
Understanding of tasks, comprehension of the key points, verbal expressions, simple answers.
60

NOKEN2

SectionTime Points
Total (19 exercises)About 155 min180
Vocabulary
(6 exercises)
105 min
Vocabulary:
Reading kanji, spelling, making words, contextually defined expressions, phrases and functions.
Grammar:
Choose the grammatical form 1 and 2 and grammatical text.
Reading:
Comprehension of short and medium texts, integrated comprehension, topic comprehension, compilation of information.
60
Grammar
(3 exercises)
& reading
(5 exercises)
60
Listening
(5 exercises)
50 min
Understanding of tasks, comprehension of the key points, integrated comprehension, simple answers.
60

NOKEN1

SectionTimePoints
Total (18 exercises)About 170 min180
Vocabulary
(4 exercises)
110 min
Vocabulary:
Reading kanji, contextually defined expressions, phrases and functions.
Grammar:
Choose the grammatical form 1 and 2, grammatical text.
Reading:
Comprehension of short, medium and long texts, integrated comprehension, topic comprehension (long texts), compilation of information.
60
Grammar
(3 exercises)
& reading
(6 exercises)
60
Listening
(5 exercises)
60 min
Understanding of tasks, comprehension of the key points, integrated comprehension, simple answers.
60

 

Register to the NOKEN exam

Through this link to the official JLPT in Madrid you can access the tuition for the exam. Remember that you can only take this test twice a year, usually the first Sunday of December and July.