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Japanese Kanji Quiz: The perfect Japanese self-assessment tool

Japanese Kanjis are the adopted logographic Chinese characters and have been an integral part of the Japanese language. This Kanji quiz is based on official JLPT testing criteria and is designed to help students find their current Japanese language level quickly and effectively!

Results are instantaneous and 100% free. In fact, we often use this form of Japanese self-assessment to help place students into our Japanese group classes and it was such a good tool we couldn't keep it to ourselves :)

Please attempt to answer every question below. The test could be difficult for certain levels to complete so if you do not understand a question then don't attempt to guess it, you can simply move on by selecting "I do not understand this question" as this will provide you with the most accurate results.

Good luck & Have fun!

Please note it is very difficult to accurately assess someone's Japanese ability from a short online test. If you're interested in studying with us, our teachers can help you to more thoroughly understand and build upon your current level.

We hope to see you soon!

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Why is Kanji so important?

Kanjis were introduced to Japan from China in the 5th century AD and have since been part of the Japanese language. Kanji characters represent both meaning and sound, and they are used alongside the phonetic scripts of hiragana and katakana in written Japanese.

Learning Kanji characters is not easy, they can be quite complex, and there are thousands of them in existence. Your knowledge changes day to day as you pick up new kanjis and Japanese vocabulary.


Thankfully this quiz can help you find your current Japanese kanji level quickly and easily. It essentially tests your Japanese reading comprehension and gives you an idea about what JLPT level you are currently at.

How Can I Improve my JLPT Level?

If you've already taken the quiz you should have some idea of your current JLPT level and may wish to improve it by joining one of our Japanese courses. We have years of experience in helping students find and improve on their Japanese language skills and pass the JLPT exam.

There are also many options for self study if you want to start out at home or even supplement your classroom learning. Either way we're here to support you! Check out our other free resources below.

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