Test Information

Test Basics
Points: 200-800
Minutes: 60
Questions: 80 (Multiple Choice)

Test Dates

Anticipated Skills

  • Ability to understand spoken Japanese and identify what is being said in short spoken dialogues and narratives about everyday topics.
  • Ability to complete sentences in a way that is appropriate in terms of structure (grammar), vocabulary, and contexts.
  • Identify usage that is both structurally correct and contextually appropriate.
  • Understand such points as the main and supporting ideas. Selections are taken from materials you might encounter in everyday situations, such as notes, menus, newspaper articles, advertisements, and letters.

Recommended Preparation

  • 2–4 years of Japanese language study in high school, or the equivalent
  • Gradual development of competence in Japanese over a period of years
  • Listening to practice CD that your counselor can order from the College Board

Test Topics

CONTENT% of Test
Listening comprehension
Based on short spoken dialogues and narratives, primarily about everyday topics
These questions require you to complete Japanese sentences in a way that is appropriate in terms of structure (grammar), vocabulary, and context. Usage questions are printed in two different ways of representing Japanese. On the left column, the Japanese is written in the most common type of Romanization (romaji), a modified Hepburn system. On the right column, the Japanese is presented in standard Japanese script with furigana for all kanji. You should choose the writing system you are familiar with and read only from that column on the test.
Reading comprehension
The reading comprehension questions are in English; the text is written in hiragana, katakana, and kanji without furigana.


BookPublisherEditionPublishing DateISBNPrice
The Official Study Guide for ALL SAT Subject TestsCollege Board2ndApril 26, 2011 978-0874479751$13.09


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