How many hours does it take to pass the JLPT – Illustrated Guide

Learn how many hours of study it will take you to pass each level of the JLPT. This illustrated guide compares how many hours of Japanese study per JLPT level. Did you know that it takes just as long to pass the N2 as it does to become a certified public accountant in the US?

Posted by on August 6, 2019 – Course Info, Japanese Study
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is the benchmark for how much Japanese you know.  In this post we will show you some interesting comparisons to the amount of study hours it will take you to pass each level of the exam.
For students with kanji knowledge ( ex: Chinese students), it takes 350 hours. It’s close to the hours you would spend in preparing for a drivers license in Japan.
For other students who don’t have prior kanji knowledge. It takes 462 hours. That is about the same as if you were to take a course to obtain a pastry diploma in Le Cordon Bleu – which is around 453 hours.
For students with kanji knowledge, it takes 550 hours.
If you are a non-native english speaker – that is about the same as studying to improve your TOEIC score from 500 to 700.
For other student it’s 787 hours. With this amount of time, you can become a Train driver in Japan.
For students with kanji knowledge, it takes 900 hours.
Almost the same as a Spanish  Food Le Cordon Bleu diploma – which clocks in at 879 hours.
For other student it’s 1325 hours. With this amount of time – you can become an architect – as that course takes 1500 hours.
For students with kanji knowledge, it takes 1475 hours.
A restricted privileges ATP certificate allows a pilot to serve as a co-pilot until he or she obtains the necessary 1,500 hours. – So you can become the co-pilot of an aircraft.
For other student it’s 2200 hours. An USCPA ( Certified Public Accountant ) takes 2000 hours to get.  Have fun crunching numbers!
For students with kanji knowledge, it takes 2150 hours.
You can almost travel from the south prefecture Yamaguchi in Honshu to the north prefecture Aomori on foot.
For other students, it’s 3900 hours. If you would want to travel around the world by cruise – it would take you 3888 hours.
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“Japanese Guide: How to Apply for the JLPT Online!” →
“JLPT N1,N2,N3,N4,N5 – Mega Study List – Vocabulary, Kanji, Grammar” →
“How I Passed the JLPT N2 – Student Testimonial / JLPT Exam Guide”  →
“Study Tips to Pass JLPT N3″→
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