The National Japanese Exam (NJE) was originally developed by NCJLT (National Council of Japanese Language Teachers) as a way for middle- and high-school students to test their Japanese skills and enjoy participating in a nation-wide exam with awards for high achievement. The NJE also helps teachers to see students’ strengths and weaknesses in certain areas. Teachers can use the results to give various school-level awards to students (from participation to gold level) and highlight the success of their Japanese programs. Taking the NJE can also serve as a preparation for students who will take the Japanese AP, IB or SAT tests in the future. The NJE is an entirely online test that teachers administer to students via a “Quia” platform provided by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.
In the spring of 2013, the National Japanese Exam will once again be offered for Level 2 (students having had 1 1/2 years of Japanese) and Level 3 (students having had 2 1/2 years of Japanese). Some changes have been made in the format of the test in order to make it more proficiency-based, standards-based and culture-related.
Registration for the 2013 National Japanese Examination is open through February 8th. The exam must be administered between March 1 and April 1, 2013.
For full details go to http://www.aatj.org/studentactivities/nationaljapaneseexam/index.html