The most important thing a student can carry to Japan is the Japanese language. Thus, for a student, it’s really necessary to develop a basic command of the language before going to Japan. Considering this important fact, the Presidential is running various levels of Japanese language classes and test preparation classes. There are different types of tests, a student can do for entry to Japanese education institutions. The most well know are as follows,
JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (formerly Association of International Education, Japan) since 1984 as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers.
The JLPT has five levels: N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5. The easiest level is N5 and the most difficult level is Ni.
NAT (Nihongo Aptitude Test)
“Japanese NAT-TEST” is an examination to judge Japanese language ability of Japanese learners who do not speak Japanese. Evaluate Japanese language comprehensively by examination in three fields of “character / vocabulary” “listening comprehension” and “reading comprehension” for each of five classes (level). The standards and composition of the questions are almost the same as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N LPT, JLPT).
The test has five levels: N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5. The easiest level is N5 and the most difficult level is N1.
There are other tests of Japanese language for non-native Japanese speakers like TOP-J, GNK which are also accepted by Japanese institution and Immigration.