The JLTP is the most famous test for students who major Japanese and workers. Generally, you must hold JLPT Grade-1 to go to National Universities in Japan. Also, there are many company require that you hold JLPT Grade 1 or 2 to hire foreigners. They are held once a year. (The beginning of December) You can see the details HERE.
If you are thinking to go to universities in Japan or to work for Japanese company, as I mentioned, we recommend that you would think about taking it from the first step, but you can decide it in obedience to your studying. Besides, when you study foreign languages, it is valid to set your goal to pass such a test as the aim of middle period and it would help to keep your motivation on studying with the aim of long period.
Indiscriminately, we can't tell you how much it is. It depends on your experience, environment of study, motivation, the way of studying or your memory. But you can find the fixed recognition for each level. (Differences among individuals).
|The examinee has mastered the basic elements of grammar, knows around 100 Kanji and 800 words, and has the ability to engage in simple conversation and to read and write short, simple sentences. This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 150 hours and after completion of the first half of an elementary course.|
|The examinee has mastered grammar to a limited level, knows around 300 Kanji and 1,500 words, and has the ability to take part in everyday conversation and to read and write simple sentences.This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 300 hours and after completion of an elementary course.|
|The examinee has mastered grammar to a relatively high level, knows around 1,000 Kanji and 6,000 words, and has the ability to converse, read, and write about matters of general nature.This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 600 hours and after completion of intermediate course.|
|The examinee has mastered grammar to high level, knows around 2,000 Kanji and 10,000 words, and as an integrated command of language sufficient for life in Japanese society. This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 900 hours .|
Next, you can check the model lessons to see "how much you can take the lessons" "how much you can have free study time."
|Free study time(week)||The amount of study (month)||For Level-4
|5 hours||10 hours||60 hours||2.5 months||5.0 months||10.0 months||15.0 months|
|4 hours||8 hours||48 hours||3.1 months||6.3 months||12.5 months||18.8 months|
|3 hours||6 hours||36 hours||4.2 months||8.3 months||16.7 months||25.0 months|
|2 hours||4 hours||24 hours||6.3 months||12.5 months||25.0 months||37.5 months|
|1 hours||2 hours||12 hours||12.5 months||25.0 months||50.0 months||75.0 months|
*The list above is for people who have never studied Japanese before. If you have before, you can take the time off you have studied.
*One lesson of J-OS is 50 min.
We would recommend for you to set up for you lessons and free study time with the list above.
If you have something unknown, you can contact us as many teachers are strong in measure for JLPT.