By thomas | September 11, 2008
The best way to prepare for the JLPT test is to take as many past JLPT tests as possible. Some of these are sold commercially, but wouldn’t it be nice to have 17 years worth of tests to practice with?
[Updated January 20, 2011]
I’ve received several comments that some old links are dead. Here is where you can find tests:
Tests – this link has all tests from 1992-2009. To get answers+audio, simply register for the site. Registration is free. Once you are logged in, use the same link to download tests and the answers will be included in the generated page.
Reader Miki sent in this link to find answers:
You can find some answers and tests on this chinese website [ed: box in the right column]:
Choose your desired level (一级 = level 1, 二级 = level 2, 三级 = level 3, 四级 = level 4) & year, then click 答案 (answer).
For example, you can find the answers to 2007 JLPT 3 exam here:
Looks like they have answers up through 2007. Thanks Miki
The place to go is 51gzw.com.
Everything you need is right there on the front page. The first column is level 1. The last column is level 4. Links to the sound files for the listening part of the tests are at the bottom of each column (red links with “MP3″ in them). Answers are given at the end of each test.
If you find that 51gzw’s fonts drive you crazy, you can also find past tests here. Just manually change the test year and test level in the URL to the test you want to take. Test papers from this site include the scripts for the listening part.
Finally, another place to find the audio files for the listening section is here.
Thanks to hohomichi for the tip!
Good luck on the test!
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