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This has been on my mind for a while with nowhere to really ask it. What does the "N" in the JLPT levels (such as N1-N5) stand for? My current theory is [能力]{のうりょく} since these denote the level of skill one possesses, but I'm not certain. This isn't really a burning question either; I just like knowing weird facts like this.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about the Japanese language.
    – istrasci
    Feb 9, 2016 at 8:35
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    I wasn't sure if this would get flagged or not because it's not completely about Japanese, but I figured it was related enough. I'll keep that in mind for next time.
    – Pleiades
    Feb 9, 2016 at 14:41

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In their 新しい「日本語能力試験」ガイドブック概要版 they say:

「N」は「Nihongo([日本語]{にほんご})」、「New([新]{あたら}しい)」を[表]{あらわ}します。

 

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  • 「New」 って、ホンマかいな・・・。「認定」か「能力」かと思ったけど・・・。
    – chocolate
    Feb 9, 2016 at 6:09
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    2010年まで「N」がなかったんです。
    – Avery
    Feb 9, 2016 at 6:18
  • あぁ、そうなんですか~なるほどね~
    – chocolate
    Feb 9, 2016 at 6:22

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