The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) started in 1984. The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験 Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken), or JLPT, is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability. The test is held twice a year in Japan and selected countries (on the first Sunday of July and December), and once a year in other regions. On the same pattern NAT is held six time a year.
One is able to read and understand typical expressions and sentences written in hirangana, katakana and basic Kanji.
One is able to read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and Kanji.
The ability to understand Japanese language used in everyday situation to a certain degree.