Japanese (intermediate/B1)

Japanese (intermediate/B1) test: Pre-employment screening assessment to hire the best candidates

About the Japanese (intermediate/B1) test

Employees with the ability to communicate in Japanese at the intermediate level will help improve your company’s internal and external communications by removing language barriers and improving the flow of information and collaboration among colleagues and to and from customers.

The Japanese (intermediate/B1) test evaluates a candidate’s ability to communicate at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. The test evaluates candidates in the areas of grammar and vocabulary, sentence composition, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension.

Employees who can speak the Japanese language at an intermediate level can communicate with customers, colleagues, and other stakeholders comfortably around daily situations that can arise in the workplace. The texts and sentences used in the test mimic real-life situations at work and everyday life. Those who score well on this test will be able to understand simple, connected sentences on topics that are generally familiar.

The test is made by a subject-matter expert

Yukari N.

Yukari has a true passion for teaching Japanese language as well as Japanese culture and has experience teaching Japanese to people of all ages in France and Mexico for more than 7 years.
She believes that learning foreign languages can broaden our mind and allow us to connect with others from around the world.

Yukari has been interested in foreign languages since she was a child and holds certificates in English, French, and Spanish.

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What is an online Japanese (intermediate/B1) proficiency test?

The Japanese (intermediate/B1) test is a pre-employment skills assessment that will help you assess your candidates on their Japanese language abilities at the intermediate or B1 level on the CEFR scale.

The CEFR scale, or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, has six levels:

• A1 – beginners level
• A2 – elementary level
• B1 – lower intermediate level
• B2 – upper intermediate level
• C1 – proficiency level
• C2 – mastery

Hiring talented individuals with B1-level Japanese isn’t always an easy task. Top candidates are snapped up quickly, so you need to act fast if you want to get the best talent.

That means you may need to change your hiring process, making it more efficient and adaptable to current market needs. Improving your hiring will help you address some of the key problems companies face when recruiting:

Limited talent pool: Most open roles attract more than 200 applications, but that doesn’t mean 200 good applicants. Many candidates use the “shotgun” approach, sending their CVs to as many companies as possible and hoping something sticks. One major issue with this is that your hiring manager needs to go through all those CVs to find a small number of suitable candidates.

Inherent hiring bias: Once the hiring manager creates the shortlist of candidates, you can’t be sure if they’re the best candidates or if they’re just a product of unconscious bias, which is a common issue in CV screening.

Dependence on CVs: Resume screening is an outdated method when it comes to assessing your candidates. Most CVs only show the hiring manager how well a candidate can write a CV, telling them little about their specific role-related skills.

Luckily, a solution to these problems does exist.

What will you be evaluating with the Japanese intermediate test?

The Japanese (intermediate/B1) test will help you improve your entire hiring process.

Including pre-employment assessments in your hiring process enables you to avoid reviewing hundreds of CVs to find great candidates. Simply add up to five tests to your TestGorilla assessment, including the Japanese (intermediate/B1) test, and invite your applicants to complete it.

The Japanese (intermediate/B1) test evaluates candidates in the four core areas of language:

Reading comprehension. Candidates will need to know how to read Japanese at the B1 level.
Writing proficiency. Candidates will need to know how to write in Japanese at the B1 level.
Vocabulary. Candidates should be able to speak Japanese at the B1 level.
Listening comprehension. Candidates will need to listen to spoken Japanese, understand what’s being said, and then respond appropriately.

You should look for candidates with the necessary skills across all four language areas, and the test results will show you which candidates have these abilities.

The test is essential when you’re looking to hire customer support agents or sales representatives who need to have B1 Japanese.

The Japanese (intermediate/B1) test will provide you with all the necessary data to make informed hiring decisions and hire the best talent from the market. But there’s more to our pre-employment tests than this.

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Japanese proficiency test B1

Use this Japanese B1 proficiency test to hire Japanese language experts

The Japanese (intermediate/B1) test will help you solve many of the problems of conventional hiring methods:

Evaluate hundreds of applications: Your hiring managers will no longer have to deal with the headache of reviewing hundreds of applications. Once you implement pre-employment tests, you won’t have to do CV screening at all. Your hiring manager simply waits for all the applications to come in and invites applicants to take the test with a single click. It makes no difference how many applications there are; it takes the same amount of time.

No more bias: All your applicants will have a chance to take the test and prove their skills. They all get 10 minutes to complete the same test, so the results you receive are objective. In addition, you receive the test results in numerical form, so you can compare candidates easily. This completely removes bias from this part of the hiring process.

No more reliance on resumes: You no longer need to rely on resumes in the hiring process. If you need a candidate for a role that requires intermediate Japanese language abilities, simply give them a Japanese (intermediate/B1) test.

All that’s left is for you to choose a partner to help you implement pre-employment tests in your company’s hiring process, and this is where TestGorilla comes into play. We’ve helped more than 6,000 companies improve their hiring, and we can help you too.


What is the difference between an assessment and a test?
An assessment is the total package of tests and custom questions that you put together to evaluate your candidates. Each individual test within an assessment is designed to test something specific, such as a job skill or language. An assessment can consist of up to 5 tests and 20 custom questions. You can have candidates respond to your custom questions in several ways, such as with a personalized video.
Can I add my own questions to an assessment?
Yes! Custom questions are great for testing candidates in your own unique way. We support the following question types: video, multiple-choice, coding, file upload, and essay. Besides adding your own custom questions, you can also create your own tests.
How do video questions work?
A video question is a specific type of custom question you can add to your assessment. Video questions let you create a question and have your candidates use their webcam to record a video response. This is an excellent way to see how a candidate would conduct themselves in a live interview, and is especially useful for sales and hospitality roles. Some good examples of things to ask for video questions would be "Why do you want to work for our company?" or "Try to sell me an item you have on your desk right now." You can learn more about video questions here.
Can you explain how the other custom question types work?
Besides video questions, you can also add the following types of custom questions: multiple-choice, coding, file upload, and essay. Multiple-choice lets your candidates choose from a list of answers that you provide, coding lets you create a coding problem for them to solve, file upload allows your candidates to upload a file that you request (such as a resume or portfolio), and essay allows an open-ended text response to your question. You can learn more about different custom question types here.
Can I customize an assessment with my company logo and color theme?
Yes! You can add your own logo and company color theme to your assessments. This is a great way to leave a positive and lasting brand impression on your candidates.
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Can I combine the Japanese (intermediate/B1) test with other tests?
Yes. You can add up to five tests to each assessment.
Where in my recruitment process should I use the Japanese (intermediate/B1) test?
We recommend using our assessment software as a pre-screening tool at the beginning of your recruitment process. You can add a link to the assessment in your job post or directly invite candidates by email. TestGorilla replaces traditional CV screening with a much more reliable and efficient process, designed to find the most skilled candidates earlier and faster.
What is the difference between intermediate and proficient level of the English language tests?
The intermediate tests test the B1 level of the CEFR framework language skills. The proficient tests, which are more advanced, test the C1 level language skills of a candidate. You can read more about the different skill levels here.

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