Did you apply for the dreaded Japanese Proficiency Test? The applications were due on September 19, 2003 and the test will take place on December 7, 2003. This test is only offered once a year, and only in major cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai, Sapporo, etc.
There are a large number of websites out there that will help you on your way. First of all, there is an official website for the test itself maintained by the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ) at http://www.aiej.or.jp/examination/jlpt.html. Probably the best website for materials is http://www.mlcjapanese.co.jp, a site maintained by the Meguro Language Center (MLC) in Tokyo. You can also find good information on these sites:
Full lists of vocabulary and kanji for all levels. (Please note that the lists may have some mistakes in them as they were electronically created by a non-native Japanese speaker. They seem to be mostly correct, but I noticed a few mistakes when I glanced at the lists.)
Kanji Study Guide
I can recommend the "Power Up" series of books by Unicom. I think these offer very good coverage of all areas and all levels of the test.
And if you didn't apply in time for the JLPT, perhaps you might consider taking the JETRO Business Japanese Proficiency Test (JETRO Test). Details can be found at http://www.jetro.go.jp/it/e/bj.
If you know of other useful sites, please email us!
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