NJE 2012 Schedule
Regular Registration Period: December 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012
Late Registration Period: February 1 to February 15
Exam Window: March 1 April 8
Payments and *IEP lists (for extended time ONLY) due: February 20
May 1: NCJLT sends results and rankings to instructors
* Send a list of students with IEPs for extended time along with your check.
How to Register Your Students for NJE 2012
Registration is done completely online at www.quia.com/njeorder. Please note that only members of AATJ for 2012 may have their students participate. If your local affiliate has decided NOT to affiliate with AATJ for 2012, you need to become a member at http://www.aatj.org/atj/membership.html.
Regular registration will run from December 1st through January 31st, 2012. There will also be a late registration window from 2/1/12 to 2/15/12 with a $2 additional fee per test.
The cost is $6 per test during regular registration and $8 during late registration. You will be directed to a page that serves as an invoice at the end of the online registration process. Print out that page and send it in with your check/money order to the address indicated. We cannot accept payment by credit card at this time. Please note that there is NO CANCELLATION. You will have to pay for the tests you ordered once you submit your order. You may, however, add more students after the late registration period is over.
Quia's technical requirements can be viewed at http://www.quia.com/help/tech/system-requirements.html and instructions for viewing Japanese font at http://www.quia.com/faq.html#f3 .
It is also recommended that you go to http://www.quia.com/quiz/2070682.html to view a sample Japanese Exam question. If you can view the Japanese font and play the sample audio link on this quiz, you will be able to access the National Japanese Exam.
Notable Features of NJE 2012
1. Teachers will be given the flexibility to call time on their own (no built-in timers) to deal with emergency situations (technical difficulties, fire drills, etc.) as well as to give extended time to accommodate eligible students. List must be submitted with the check by February 20, 2012. At this point, only extended time can be granted to students with IEPs as a special accommodation.
2. New recognition system will be in place. There will no longer be any prizes to top-ranking students, but instead teachers will be able to print out certificates of recognition off our aatj.org website as follows (available in May, 2012):
95-100 percentile: 金賞
85-94 percentile: 銀賞
75-84 percentile: 銅賞
74 percentile and below: 参加賞
3. Raw rank information will be available as well as percentile rank information.
The National Japanese Exam
The National Japanese Exams are online tests. They can be administered
wherever there is internet connection with the supervision of a
proctor, which, in most cases is the teacher on record. The proctor
must allow no more than the designated time to the students (20
minutes for the Achievement Section and 40 minutes for the Proficiency
Section, see below) and stop the students when the time is up.
Test administration information and login information will be sent to
each registrant from Quia prior to the opening of the exam window.
Please read the instructions very carefully and test the computers for
audio and compatibility using our Sample Tests below.
Please be advised that depending on the band width of your internet
connection, it may take significantly longer to download sound files.
Please use your discretion as to how many students will take the tests
at the same time to secure smooth administration.
The NJE 2012 will offer level 2 and level 3 exams. Read the following descriptions to determine under which category to register your students. Also refer to the Content for Level 2 and Level 3 for the vocabulary, grammar and Kanji for each exam.
Level 2: Approximately 200 hours of study
For high school students in the 2nd semester of their 2nd year of Japanese
For junior high/middle school students that have taken the high school equivalent of one and a half years of Japanese or whose courses have covered the material listed in the Level 2 Exam Content.
Level 3: Approximately 330 hours of study
For high school students in the 2nd semester of their 3rd year of Japanese
For high school students in levels 4 or AP may also take the level 3 exam, but will not have their scores counted when determining the results for the contest.
Students with Additional Japanese Learning Experience:
These students will be registered under a separate category if one or more of the following situations apply, and will only be able to take the Level 3 exam.
1. The student has grown up in a home where Japanese is the primary language used for communicating with at least one of the family members.
2. The student has been enrolled in a Japanese immersion program (including dual language and bilingual programs) for 3 years or more during Grades 4-8.
3. The student has lived (after age 10) in Japan for more than a school year.
4. The student has studied in Japan for more than six months within the past 2 years.
Structure of NJE (70 minutes): (The test can be administered over 2 days.)
(1) Instructions: 10 minutes (approximately)
(2) Achievement Section (formerly “Vocabulary and Grammar”): 20 minutes
Students will complete sentences for vocabulary (which includes kanji) as well asvarious grammatical concepts.
(3) Proficiency Section (formerly “Reading & Listening”): 40 minutes
Students will answer questions about passages written in Japanese (advertisement, email, etc…). Questions and answer selections will be in English.
Students will answer questions about a brief dialogue in Japanese. Questions and answer selections will be in English. Students may listen as many times as needed to the conversation within the given time frame.
Go to the following links for practice questions from past exams.
Level 2 2010 Grammar and Vocabulary: http://www.quia.com/quiz/2138193.html
Level 2 2010 Reading and Listening Comprehension: http://www.quia.com/quiz/2123115.html
Level 2 2011 Reading and Listening Comprehension:http://www.quia.com/quiz/2948006.html
Level 2 2011 Grammar and Vocabulary: http://www.quia.com/quiz/2947997.html
Level 3 2011 Grammar and Vocabulary: http://www.quia.com/quiz/2948005.html
Level 3 2011 Reading and Listening Comprehension:http://www.quia.com/quiz/2948022.html
Why take the NJE?
* Students are motivated to further study Japanese and able to participate in a contest to see how they compare with others across the United States.
* Recognition for the students and schools that perform well on the exam can be positive PR for Japanese language programs (including recognition in Oshirase).
* Japanese languageeducators are able to offer the same opportunity as other language teachers.
* Teachers can see how their own students do in areas of listening and reading as well as grammar and vocabulary.
* Convenience & affordability.
* Appropriate level for beginning learners.
* Strengthen relationship with local affiliates
2011 NJE Results and Winners NJE 2011 Results
We are looking for NJE test development assistant coordinators!
We are looking for NJE test development assistant coordinators, who can assist us in:
Putting the NJE test questions together;
Editing/finalizing the test questions; and
Posting the questions online (Quia)
Please e-mail NJE test development coordinator, Miyuki Johnson at Johnsonmi@fultonschools.org, if you are interested!
*The test development assistant coordinators’ students may participate in the National Japanese Exam, but their scores will not be counted in the rankings of the test results (competition).
2012 NJE Test Writers
NJE coordinators would like to thank the following 2012 National Japanese Exam Test Writers!
Tomoko Aeba sensei Kohei Baba sensei
Yayoi Brown sensei Misako Chapman sensei
Akiko Davis sensei Frances Egan sensei
Yoshiko Gaines sensei Mayumi Hirata sensei
Naoko Komura sensei Minori Marken sensei
Ayumi Mita sensei Yukiyo Moorman sensei
Yukari Nakamura sensei Lorenzo Portin sensei
Saori Sato sensei Miiko Suzuki sensei
Yasuo Uotate sensei Noriko Vergel sensei
Yasuko Watt sensei
Forward any questions or comments regarding NJE to firstname.lastname@example.org