Outline(for individual test takers)

TTBJ is a collection of tests developed by the International Student Center at the University of Tsukuba. We are pleased to make TTBJ (“the test” below) available online for convenient test taking. There are a variety of question item types included in the test. The purposes of the test may be divided into the following two areas: (1) level placement, (2) diagnostic. We currently have made available the SPOT and Kanji SPOT for level placement purposes, and the Kanji diagnostic test for diagnostic purposes. The SPOT is a innovative test that measures Japanese usage ability in a short time period. As such, it is used widely in Japan and abroad not only for level placement purposes, but in order to judge Japanese ability for the purposes of second language acquisition research. The Kanji diagnostic test is useful for Kanji learning since it displays a graph of which areas of Kanji ability appear to be weak. We are planning to make additional tests from the battery available in the near future.

About the SPOT (Simple Performance-Oriented Test)

What kind of test is it?

A single sentence appears on the screen. There is one blank space enclosed by parentheses within the sentence. An audio file of the sentence being read aloud is played simultaneously to the appearance of the sentence on the screen. While listening to the audio, the test taker must choose the correct Hiragana character to be placed in the blank. Only a very short amount of time is allowed for each answer.

 

 

What is being measured by the test?

Even when learners can understand a sentence they read or hear when given ample time to think about it, this does not enable them to participate in real-time communication, where understanding must be instantaneous. The SPOT has been designed as a measure of actual usage ability, and as such, test takers may feel that the audio is difficult to hear clearly, or that the time given to answer is too short. However, if learners have sufficient ability, the items will be clearly audible, and the time allowed will not seem to be too short.

What should be done prior to taking the test?

Prior to the actual test, some practice question items will be displayed. It is possible to practice these as many times as necessary before beginning the actual test. Please proceed to the test only after you have thoroughly understood how to take the test. Furthermore, please make sure that you adjust the audio volume to your liking prior to the test.

SPOT types

There is only one kind of SPOT made available to individual test takers. It is called “SPOT 90,” and it contains 90 question items which range from the beginning to advanced levels.

Caution
Once the test begins, please do not click on the back button on the browser.
Please follow the directions displayed on the screen in order to begin the test,
answer the question items, and conclude the test.

Grammar test

What kind of test is it?

 

Test set

It contains 90 question items which range from the beginning to advanced levels.

Caution
Once the test begins, please do not click on the back button on the browser.
Please follow the directions displayed on the screen in order to begin the test,
answer the question items, and conclude the test.


About the Kanji SPOT

What kind of test is it?

A single sentence appears on the screen. There is one blank space enclosed by parentheses within the sentence. An audio file of the sentence being read aloud is played simultaneously to the appearance of the sentence on the screen. While listening to the audio, the test taker must choose the correct Kanji character to be placed in the blank. Only a very short amount of time is allowed for each answer.

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What is being measured by the test?

Even when learners can understand a Kanji word they read or hear when given ample time to think about it, this does not enable them to use their knowledge effectively in real-life situations, where understanding must be instantaneous. The Kanji SPOT has been designed as a measure of actual ability to process Kanji words, and as such, test takers may feel that the time given to answer is too short. However, if learners have sufficient ability, the time allowed will not seem to be too short.

What should be done prior to taking the test?

Prior to the actual test, some practice question items will be displayed. It is possible to practice these as many times as necessary before beginning the actual test. Please proceed to the test only after you have thoroughly understood how to take the test. Furthermore, please make sure that you adjust the audio volume to your liking prior to the test.

Kanji SPOT types

There is only one kind of Kanji SPOT made available to individual test takers. There are 20 question items for the beginning level, and 30 for the intermediate/advanced level, resulting in a total of 50 items.

Caution
Once the test begins, please do not click on the back button on the browser.
Please follow the directions displayed on the screen in order to begin the test,
answer the question items, and conclude the test.

About the Kanji Diagnostic Test

What kind of test is it?

The test is comprised of 12 sections, as shown below. There are 10 question items per section, resulting in a total of 120 items. All items take a multiple-choice format, with 4 choices each. Some of the items require that test takers listen to an audio file. Answer time for the beginning level items is 5 minutes per section, and for intermediate, 4 minutes per section. It test takers answer quickly, the overall time required for the test will be shorter, with a maximum of 60 minutes allotted overall if the full time for each section is taken.

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What is being measured by the test?

This test is designed to measure your overall usage ability for Kanji and Kanji vocabulary. It will provide a display your weak areas. It does not just measure how many Kanji you know, can read, or can write. Therefore, you should try to apply your knowledge in order to attempt answering even question items that you don’t know. We believe that this test will provide you with useful information for your future Kanji studies.

What should be done prior to taking the test?

Prior to the 10 question items of each section, 2 practice items will be made available. You can practice these as many times as necessary before proceeding. Once the test begins, you will not be able to go back, so please make absolutely certain that you are confident in your understanding of how to take the test before you begin. Additionally, there will be 2 sections where you are required to listen to audio files, so please adjust the audio volume to your liking prior to beginning the test.

Kanji Diagnostic Test types

There are tests for both the beginning level, and for the intermediate level.

Beginning level Kanji Diagnostic Test

For the beginning level, it is assumed that test takers will have completed studying about 200 Kanji (N3 level of the JLPT).

  • Items requiring you to choose an antonym Kanji
  • Items requiring you to choose the reading of a Kanji in a sentence
  • Items requiring you to choose a Kanji with the same On reading
  • Items requiring you to choose an appropriate Kanji for the word displayed in a sentence
  • Items requiring you to choose the constituent elements of a Kanji
  • Items requiring you to choose a Kanji that corresponds to the Okurigana displayed
  • Items requiring you to choose the form appropriate for the part of speech of a Kanji
  • Items requiring you to choose an appropriate Kanji word based on context (grammatical collocation)
  • Items requiring you to choose an appropriate Kanji word based on context (semantic relevance)
  • Items requiring you to choose a Kanji in common with 3 Kanji words you hear in the audio file
  • Items requiring you to choose the Kanji word corresponding to the the meaning you hear in the audio file
  • Items requiring you to choose the structural pattern of a Kanji

Intermediate level Kanji Diagnostic Test

For the intermediate level, it is assumed that test takers will have completed studying about 500 Kanji (equivalent to vol. 1 & 2 of “Basic Kanji Book”)

  • Items requiring you to choose an antonym Kanji
  • Items requiring you to divide a Kanji word into its semantic components
  • Items requiring you to choose the reading of a Kanji word in a sentence
  • Items requiring you to choose Kanji with the same On reading
  • Items requiring you to choose an appropriate Kanji for the word displayed in a sentence
  • Items requiring you to choose the radical of a Kanji
  • Items requiring you to choose the Kanji that corresponds to certain okurigana
  • Items requiring you to choose the form appropriate for the part of speech of a Kanji
  • Items requiring you to choose an appropriate Kanji word based on context (grammatical collocation and semantic relevance)
  • Items requiring you to choose a Kanji in common with 3 Kanji words you hear in the audio file
  • Items requiring you to choose the Kanji word corresponding to the the meaning you hear in the audio file
  • Items requiring you to choose a Kanji that fits into the same category as the one shown based on semantic meaning, part of speech, reading, shape, etc.

Caution

Once the test begins, please do not click on the back button on the browser. Please follow the directions displayed on the screen in order to begin the test, answer the question items, and conclude the test.

Checking your results and test items

On the final page of the Kanji Diagnostic Test, your results will be shown with ○ (correct) or × (incorrect). If you want to view a test item again, please click on the number. Items which you answered both correctly and incorrectly can be reviewed in this manner. Once you have finished checking the test items and wish to continue on to the next section, please click on the “close” button.

Overall test results

Once you have finished all sections of the test, the following pages will be displayed: 1)テストグラフを表示(Show test score graph), and 2)成績PDFのダウンロード(Download of result PDF).

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With the conclusion of the test, you will be asked if you would like to display your results. If you click on “yes,” the results of each section will be displayed in graph form. In areas that you score less than 70%, the graph bar will appear in red. These are your weak areas, so please use the results to help you consider what ways you could study to strengthen these areas.

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In order to take the test

It is possible to take the test in 5 steps
  • Application to take the test: Once your computer system check is complete, please enter your name and email address
  • Recieving your ID: Your test ID and password will be sent to the email address you entered
  • Log in: Please log into the test system via the internet
  • Taking the test: Please answer the question items as the are displayed
  • Notification of results: Your results will be displayed on the screen and sent to you via email

Cautions to individual test takers A computer system check will be performed when you apply to take the test. If your system does not meet the stated requirements, you will not be able to take the test.
Please make sure to enter your email address using an English keyboard setting (i.e., “hankaku eisuuji”)

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Interpretation of TTBJ scores

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