NAT 

The Japanese Language NAT-TEST, is an examination that measures the Japanese language ability of students who are not native Japanese speakers. The tests are separated by difficulty (five levels) and general ability is measured in three categories: Grammar/Vocabulary, Listening and Reading Comprehension. The format of the exam and the types of questions are equivalent to those that appear on the Japanese Language Ability Test (JLPT). It is held 6 times a year and conducted my MBS COMPANY, Nepal. It has also 5 levels same as JLPT. N5 is the easiest one whereas N1 is the most difficult level. 

The Three Sections of the Exam

The exact organization and content of the exam differ slightly for each level, however, a basic guide to the content on the NAT-TEST is as follows:

Language Knowledge (reading and vocabulary)

Level 1: 1Q      Kanji reading, contextual comprehension, synonyms, usage
Level 2: 2Q      Kanji reading, orthography, word formation, contextual comprehension, synonyms, usage
Level 3: 3Q      Kanji reading, expressions, contextual comprehension, synonyms, usage
Level 4: 4Q      Kanji reading, orthography, contextual comprehension, synonyms, usage
Level 5: 5Q      Kanji reading, orthography, contextual comprehension

Language Knowledge (grammar, reading comprehension)

Level 1: 1Q      Grammar – Conjugation, sentence composition, grammar in compositions
Reading Comprehension: Understanding content (short and medium-form writings), integrated comprehension, thematic comprehension, information retrieval
Level 2: 2Q      Grammar – Conjugation, sentence composition, grammar in compositions
Reading Comprehension: Understanding content (short and medium-form writings), integrated comprehension, thematic comprehension, information retrieval
Level 3: 3Q      Grammar – Conjugation, sentence composition, grammar in compositions
Reading Comprehension: Understanding content (short, medium and long-form writings), information retrieval
Level 4: 4Q      Grammar – Conjugation, sentence composition, grammar in compositions
Reading Comprehension: Understanding content (short and medium-form writings), information retrieval
Level 5: 5Q      Grammar – Conjugation, sentence composition, grammar in compositions
Reading Comprehension: Understanding content (short and medium-form writings), information retrieval

Listening Comprehension

Level 1: 1Q      Task-based comprehension, comprehension of key points, understanding a synopsis, quick responses, integrated comprehension
Level 2: 2Q      Task-based comprehension, comprehension of key points, understanding a synopsis, quick responses, integrated comprehension
Level 3: 3Q      Task-based comprehension, comprehension of key points, understanding a synopsis, expressions used in speech, quick responses
Level 4: 4Q      Task-based comprehension, comprehension of key points, expressions used in speech, quick responses
Level 5: 5Q      Task-based comprehension, comprehension of key points, expressions used in speech, quick responses

Test Times and Scoring

Level Section Time Total Question Maximum Score
1/1Q Language Knowledge 

(reading grammar vocabulary)

Listening Comprehension

Reading Comprehension: 110 mins 

Listening Comprehension: 60 mins

Reading: 71 Questions/ 120 points 180 points
2/2Q Language Knowledge 

(reading grammar vocabulary)

Listening Comprehension

Reading Comprehension: 105 mins 

Listening Comprehension: 50 mins

Reading: 75 questions/ 120 points 

Listening: 32 questions/ 60 points

180 points
3/3Q Language Knowledge 

(grammar, vocabulary)

Language Knowledge

(grammar)
Reading Comprehension
Listening Comprehension

Grammar, Vocabulary:30 min 

Grammar ( Reading Comprehension): 70 mins

Listening Comprehension: 40 mins

Grammar, Vocabulary: 35 questions/60 points 

Grammar ( Reading Comprehension ) : 39 questions/ 60 points

Listening: 28 questions/ 60 points

180 points
4/4Q Language Knowledge 

(grammar, vocabulary)

Language Knowledge

(grammar)Reading Comprehension

Listening Comprehension

Grammar, Vocabulary: 30 min 

Grammar ( Reading Comprehension): 60 mins

Listening Comprehension: 36 mins

Grammar, Vocabulary: 35 questions/ 60 points 

Grammar ( Reading Comprehension) : 35 questions/ 60 points

Listening Comprehension: 28 questions/ 60 points

180 points
4/5Q Language Knowledge 

(grammar, vocabulary)

Language Knowledge

(grammar)Reading Comprehension

Listening Comprehension

Grammar, Vocabulary: 25 min 

Grammar ( Reading Comprehension): 50 mins

Listening Comprehension: 30 mins

Grammar, Vocabulary: 35 questions/ 60 points 

Grammar ( Reading Comprehension) : 32 questions/ 60 points

Listening Comprehension: 24 questions/ 60 points

180 points

The exact time allotted for the listening section may differ slightly based on the length of the recordings.

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