JLPT, that famous Japanese test that you think would have more of a presence on a site that talks about every aspect of learning Japanese. Most people here know that I have never really held much of an interest in discussing the test (beyond this early post years ago). However, it’s a popular test, a lot of you probably want to and will take the test, so I feel an important question needs to be answered for all of you out there.
What levels of JLPT do the Jalup Decks prepare you for?
First let me give you my best estimate. This estimate assumes you are doing normal immersion alongside your deck progression.
(Update: edited based on feedback from comments)
Pass and acquire a good score:
Jalup Beginner: N5
Jalup Intermediate: N5-N4
Jalup Advanced: N4-N3
Jalup Expert (1-4): N3-N2
Jalup Expert (5-8): N2-N1
As pointed out in the comments section, there is a difference between doing well and just barely passing, so I am separating the two with a slight downward adjustment.
Just barely pass:
Jalup Beginner: N5-N4
Jalup Intermediate: N4-N3
Jalup Advanced: N3-N2
Jalup Expert (1-4): N2-N1
Jalup Expert (5-8): N1
*It is recommended before taking any level test to get a separate test prep book, as “getting used to” what the test is like will significantly increase your chances of passing.
However, as stated above, since I lack interest in these tests, I’ve never taken any of them, and am not fully familiar with them.
So rather than leave you with my vague answer, I want to hear from you. For those who have been through the Jalup decks, and taken the JLPT test, where would you place all 4 series in alignment with the JLPT levels? You’re answers will be extremely helpful to many learners as I often get asked this question, and you guys are way more fit to answer it than me.