Discouraged by your score on the last JLPT? JEES has finally published the scoring information, and it might not be as bad as you think!
The N1, N2, and N3 tests are graded in several new ways.
1. Minimum percentage vs. overall score
First, although you have to pass each section to pass the overall exam, you only need a minimum score of 19/60 (N1, N2, N3), or about 33% to pass each section.
What does this means? It means that if you have at least 19/60 points in all sections, you can pass the test as long as your overall score is high enough. For example, for the N1, you need at least 100/180 to pass. With the minimum passing scores, this means you can pass with a 19/60 in kanji/vocab, a 41/60 in listening, and a 41/60 in grammar/reading (fulfilling all minimum passing scores and the overall passing score).
However, you cannot pass the test if you have a score under 19/60 on any section. You could get 120/180 with perfect scores on kanji/vocab and reading/grammar, but if you received no points on listening, you would fail the whole test.
2. Scoring: A and B
A score of B is a passing score of 33%-67% on a section. For example, if you pass the N1 with the minimum score of 100/180 (and passing scores in each section), that would be an overall B. Scores of 35/60 in each section would give you grades of B. If you pass a section with 68%, 41/60, you would get an A. You can pass (or fail, actually) with Bs in each section or overall. This is to measure your ability in each section–to point out your strengths and weaknesses.
3. Scoring Overview
To pass, you need
N1: 100/180, with at least 19/60 in each section
N2: 90/180, with at least 19/60 in each section
N3: 95/180, with at least 19/60 in each section
N4 and N5’s sections are 120 points for Vocab/Grammar/Reading and 60 for Listening. Passing scores will be determined and published after the Dec. 2010 test.
Official English explanation
Official Japanese explanation
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Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. Let’s give the JLPT what for, Ishikawa!